You'll usually get more for your car.
It's a lot of hassle - organising an advert, fielding calls, staying in, dealing with potential buyers (and timewasters!),
haggling and the perceived risk of your car being stolen.
Hints & Tips
If you're selling your car yourself you'll need to advertise it to let prospective buyers know of its existence.
The widest coverage is available through national publications like The Herald, (www.theherald.co.uk
) and The Scotsman(www.scotsman.com
); dedicated selling publications such as Autotrader (www.autotrader.co.uk
) and AdTrader (www.adtrader.co.uk
) or other local free papers.
Always put a sign in the window - it's free and can be particularly effective if you're still using the car. Avoid
a handwritten sign if possible though.
You can maximise the number of people who'll see your sign by parking somewhere obvious - on a main road, near a junction,
in a busy car park etc.
It's definitely worth spending money on a valet if selling privately. For approximately £50 your car will look
as good as it did when it first left the showroom, (well almost!), and will convey the impression that you've looked after
it well, all of which will make it much more appealing.
If the prospective buyer wants to test drive your car always go with them. If you're not sure, take someone else
with you too. Never ever leave the prospective buyer alone with your keys at any point during the viewing.
Don't invite the prospective buyer into your home - you're not obliged to do so.
Use your instinct - if you're not comfortable or suspicious just back away.