Auto Trader is usually the first place consumers go to when they are attempting to sell their car. Auto Trader came out and said that up to 93% of United Kingdom customers knows about Auto Trader and their website has three times more visitors than the closest car selling rival. Despite all this popularity is can be hard to have an individual posting for a used car among the nearly 450,000 posts that go up everyday. Also, when a consumer sells a car it still poses a lot of risk especially since Auto Trader doesn’t involve themselves in the payment or sales process. These are some tips for those looking to best utilize Auto Trader to safely sell their car.
Preparing to sell
The arrival of new model cars in September and March also means that large numbers of used cars come onto the market in these months, thus increasing the competition.
The season matters: a convertible suits the Spring and Summer and a four-wheel drive may be more popular during Winter.
If your car is approaching the five-year mark, consider selling it before its birthday: The Money Advice Service notes that there’s a perception that cars are not as reliable after five years or 60,000 miles.
You’ll need the VFC Registration Certificate, Service history and MOT certificate (if it has one) in order to sell a car, whilst receipts for work done to the car can reassure potential buyers.
Auto Trader recommends you clean the car and consider professional cleaning if you’ll recoup the costs.
Recouping costs is also crucial when it comes to getting repairs done: buyers of older cars are more likely to be prepared for smaller problems. Additionally, consider getting a fresh MOT if the current one is about to expire.
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