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Need help with selling a car on ebay motors and other car selling tips?

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Good morning all,

I'm looking to put my girlfriends car up for sale on ebay motors, something I've not done before.

The car is likely to sell at £1,200-£1,500

From what I can gather the (god awful) fees will be, £8 for the listing, £4 for a reserve price and £20 for the final value fee as the cars priced at between 1p and 2k (lol). Totalling £32 assuming it sells.

Now I'm a little concerned with how I should accept payment. I see many listings have a "£x via PayPal within x hours of auction ending" - is this for to ensure the seller is genuine, or to make up the cost of the fees (or both)?

I will encourage people to view the car whilst the auction is on.

When it comes to actually selling the car, what kind of payment would you recommend to ensure I'm not screwed over? Cash on collection seems good but is open to fake notes - is it reasonable to ask a buyer to come to a bank with you during opening hours and deposit the money straight into your account? I don't feel comfortable letting someone take the car and then finding out a day later they paid in fake notes.
Also BACS bank transfer - this would be ideal, would a seller likely agree to this after they've seen the car and are certain on the deal?

The insurance on the car itself has just run out and it's being kept in a private locked garage. How does the whole testdrive thing work - is it our responsibility to insure the car for say 1-2 weeks for test drives or can we ask to see if the buyer has insurance to 'drive all cars' (as he/she can notify their insurance company that they'd like to have a days insurance on the car, right?)

I'm also open to suggestions on other places to sell the car online besides ebay and Gumtree. What's autotrader online like? What kinda fees are involved?

I realise there are a lot of questions here so many many thanks to whoever can provide me with some help! Will rep anyone who does.

Thanks!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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1 Like #1
Hi,i have just sold my car on ebay.I enouraged people to view before which they did,I was paid in cash on collection whih was safest.
1 Like #2
okay here we go ......

selling on ebay is dangerous, many scam artists about, a couple of scams below

1. They bid and win but never come to collect then tell paypal you neverr sent item
2. They turn up but they have an accomplice, ask for a test ride ....... disappear

always have someone with you .........

The fees are awful but where else can ya find ,illions of buyers??

put an ad in your car (if you still drive about), local press, trade it magazines, autotrader etc

always ask for a paypal deposit, this will show the buyer you want a deal

they will want to test the car and to properly inspect it

yes you can insist on the buyer going to a bank with you, this is safety for you and them

tell them in the auction listing, you will be required to come to a local bank and make a cash deposit into my bank account, once that is finished, i will release the car to your posession

good luck with your sale .......
1 Like #3
Insurance wise, It's their responsibility to have insurance if their driving it, If you drive it you must have insurance.

Only thing is if they had an accident while test driving it then they'd probably be unwilling to buy.

I had someone just about blow an engine by over revving it and the engine management light then came on, Luckily he coughed up.
1 Like #4
i sold on ebay-the guy came round to look at it-no test drive-and paid cash-he did offer a deposit paypal but i just accepted the cash when he collected a couple of days later.

I have let people test=drive in the past-but they leave THERE keys in exchange-and i would get them to sign a paper to say they accept responsibilty and they are insured. Take ID too!
2 Likes #5
Wow thanks a lot guys, exactly the sort of info I was after!

Some excellent tips in there... I will merge them into a list and start the sale. :)

Have some rep.

As for when the sale's complete - I assume all I have to do is have my missus fill out the V5 reg document, give the 1 half to the seller, send the other off to the DVLA and leave it at that?

Let's assume worst case scenario that the buyer crashes the car on the way back to their house after the sale. How is it proven that my girlfriend is not the registered owner? I don't have a registration doc to hand so can't really decypher this myself right now!

This'll be the first time I've sold a car and I've never bought one either (my own car was passed down through the family!) so I'm probably overly cautious by default. :)
#6
TGB
Wow thanks a lot guys, exactly the sort of info I was after!

Some excellent tips in there... I will merge them into a list and start the sale. :)

Have some rep.

As for when the sale's complete - I assume all I have to do is have my missus fill out the V5 reg document, give the 1 half to the seller, send the other off to the DVLA and leave it at that?

Let's assume worst case scenario that the buyer crashes the car on the way back to their house after the sale. How is it proven that my girlfriend is not the registered owner? I don't have a registration doc to hand so can't really decypher this myself right now!

This'll be the first time I've sold a car and I've never bought one either (my own car was passed down through the family!) so I'm probably overly cautious by default. :)


write a contract that states the buyer is buying in the condition, when leaving your premises, and any damage there after is there responsibility

get the seller and your gf to sign it

also you will have given the seller the v5 etc

i think (not 100% sure) you can get the v5 changed over the phone will dvla, you still sens them your part though
#7
i have always written out a receipt-date it and time of hand-over. Its for their records too.

Dont forget most people are not rogues! you will probably find someone nice buys! After it is sold you will wonder why you worried..

I would consider selling in the loot..or supermarkets(I have sold before there) or even the post office or late shop. Much cheaper?
#8
francescaseaman
Hi,i have just sold my car on ebay.I enouraged people to view before which they did,I was paid in cash on collection whih was safest.To avoid the final value fee me and the buyer agreed a price and ended it early!


Don't do this or you risk getting a ban off eBay.
describe in as much detail as possible, with plenty of pictures.
I would not bother with a reserve price - it puts most buyers off. I have sold 4 cars on eBay, all starting at 1p and I was always happy with the finished price.
In your description, make sure you point out any problems you are aware of - buyers will appreciate this and see you as an honest eBayer, then they are more llkely to put a bid in.
Make sure you give your car a good clean inside and out and take pictures in good light, with a good camera. Don't forget to photograph the interior - your buyers may want to know what the boot looks like empty, for example.
Also, describe the things you think are different and that you like about the car - does it handle well, does it have anything most cars don't have, have you replaced anything recently, how reliable has it been?
Look around at listings for similar cars to get some ideas and ask yourself - what would make me want to buy this car?
#9
You can do a Classified Ad for £12.99 for a month and no final value fees. I'd watch out if you put a Best Offer option on there though as eBay hides the user IDs of people making offers so you can't tell if they're genuine or not!!
#10
Hey guys just a quick Q - is it a good idea to use PayPal as a payment method? If I do won't the buyer just pay in full via PayPal which is about as exploitable as payment methods get?

Here is an auction for a car similar to the one I will sell: ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=150308326517

He accepts PayPal but I worried doing so will cause me problems. Is it possible to have say £35 to cover fees via PayPal and the rest in cash / bankers draft on collection?

Cheers homies :santa:
#11
I had mine for sale on ebay a few months ago listed as cash on collection.

A guy phoned me, without wanting to look at it, offered the asking price and offered to transfer a cash amount into my bank account if i ended the listing there and then.

Did this, 3 days later car sold ..happy days.
banned#12
faevilangel;3357814
okay here we go ......

selling on ebay is dangerous, many scam artists about, a couple of scams below

1. They bid and win but never come to collect then tell paypal you neverr sent item
2. They turn up but they have an accomplice, ask for a test ride ....... disappear



I dont get where you are coming from.

1. Whats to gain by someone doing 1 above?

2. Nobody would let a buyer go for a test drive on their own, would they :w00t:

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