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Should I sell my car if I'm not going to use it in the next one year?

I'm having Ford Cmax Titanium 2013 and it still in mint condition and very low mileage (2900 miles only) which I love dearly.
However, life seems to make a turn for me as I might be going for work in another country for approx. one year.
I'm having a headache on deciding whether I should sell the car as I'm not going to use it while it is going to depreciate in value. Any advise from experts in HUKD?

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I would to be honest, your not going to use it and I'd worry about leaving it sat still for a year. Unless you have someone you could 'rent' it to for the year?

My advice would be to try and sell it. Put it on and if it sells then that's your luck. If it doesn't sell before you go then that's fate and then you might have to consider declaring SORN and having it off road until you return.

Trust me. It isn't easy selling a car!!

The newer and lower mileage will count in your favour as it is quite new. fords are not bad holding value especially as you have the titanium spec. I would sell it but remember its Christmas so people and money etc!

Sell it!

definitely worth selling imo, as you will lose quite a bit in value especially now that 2 cars come out every year

most cars will lose £3k a year especially when very new . depends if you are bothered about the money. best to have someone drive it at least once a month as well if you are keeping it.

Totally off topic but I just caught a candled flamedeer whilst typing on this page. My second deer today

sell it depreciation is a bitch! but make sure you actually are 100% that you will get the job abroad

Keep it. Cars only lose money if you see it as an investment or you're planning to trade it in which you're better off leasing in that case. At 3k mileage it must be pretty much factory perfect and I doubt you'll find a similar car with mileage for what you get for it. A year isn't that long if you really like the car.

fr3dy77_sp33d

I'm having Ford Cmax Titanium 2013 and it still in mint condition and … I'm having Ford Cmax Titanium 2013 and it still in mint condition and very low mileage (2900 miles only) which I love dearly.However, life seems to make a turn for me as I might be going for work in another country for approx. one year.I'm having a headache on deciding whether I should sell the car as I'm not going to use it while it is going to depreciate in value. Any advise from experts in HUKD?



I'm no expert but i'll give it a whirl before fanpages arrives....

I have a Ford Cmax Titanium 2013 and it's still in mint condition and has very low mileage (2900 miles only) which I love dearly.[??????]
However, life seems to have taken a turn for me and I might be going to work in another country for approx. one year.
I'm having a headache on deciding whether I should sell the car as I'm not going to use it for a while, is it going to depreciate in value.? Any advice from the experts in HUKD?


P.S. Sell it!



Edited by: "transit" 18th Dec 2014

its a long time to leave the car standing

speedy2014

Totally off topic but I just caught a candled flamedeer whilst typing on … Totally off topic but I just caught a candled flamedeer whilst typing on this page. My second deer today

Nice 1 Lucky!

Original Poster

Sigh... that's what I thought. However, losing £2500 in less than 2 months is really painful (well, its webuyanycar that offer that price).
Any idea where I can get the best price for the car?

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speedy2014

Totally off topic but I just caught a candled flamedeer whilst typing on … Totally off topic but I just caught a candled flamedeer whilst typing on this page. My second deer today


Good for you, buy my car and I give you my white deer?

fr3dy77_sp33d

Sigh... that's what I thought. However, losing £2500 in less than 2 … Sigh... that's what I thought. However, losing £2500 in less than 2 months is really painful (well, its webuyanycar that offer that price).Any idea where I can get the best price for the car?



I always use ebay classified its £15 a month and you state the price theres no bidding.

Auto trader is a bit expensive.

I agree with Kester76, If you dont see it as an investment you should surelly keep it you wont find a better one in a years time, Make sure to chock the wheels with something like house bricks, leaving the handbrake OFF otherwise it could seize on!, If outside fit a good quality breathable car cover on it. Make sure there barely any fuel left in then when your return in a years time put some fresh fuel in it before trying to start it should fire up a lot easier then. You will need to jump start it by then as battery will be flat. But all else it should be ok for a year its practically new so all the rust protection and under seal will still be in place.

Original Poster

Well... I don't have garage so I have to leave the car on the private driveway and that makes me feel worried.
Hence as much as I hate it, it seems I may have to think of selling it. Auto trader suggested a price which only cause me lost £800 (much better than webuyanycar). However, what are fees that I have to pay for selling my car apart from £14.95 ad fee on auto trader? Any taxes that I have to pay?


Edited by: "fr3dy77_sp33d" 18th Dec 2014

fr3dy77_sp33d

Good for you, buy my car and I give you my white deer?



You buy MY car and I'll give you ALL my flamedeer

I have mine on Gumtree, eBay (£15 classified ad), shop windows, car windows you name it. A few enquiries where people want to pay £1000 less than the value of the car and that's about it.

Lile you, I've tried 'webuyanycar' and their valuation is way too low!!

Moonwolf1976

Nice 1 Lucky!



I'm not a serious deer hunter so its nice when the odd one jumps onto my screen

If your leaving the UK for a year, you might possibly have a lot of problems getting your current no claims discount on your return. Many insurance companies will insist on starting afresh if you have more than a year without a valid motor policy.

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Dumbstruck

If your leaving the UK for a year, you might possibly have a lot of … If your leaving the UK for a year, you might possibly have a lot of problems getting your current no claims discount on your return. Many insurance companies will insist on starting afresh if you have more than a year without a valid motor policy.


Thanks for another consideration. Does it mean I would be better of keeping the car?
Another headache is the work assignment can be extended to 2-3 years (but there is no certainty to it).

no-claims stay valid for 2/3 yrs

I know people who've gone to work somewhere overseas and it's not been all it's cracked upto be. So they've come home. Could happen to you.
Perhaps a friend or family member could rent it from you for a year? Keep it ticking over and you could have it back when you come back

Just sell it, no point keeping it if you are gone a year.

You may lose money, rather that than a faulty car in a years time.

Remember you will still need to insure it, plus it may need servicing to keep up with the FSH.
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