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Selling your car?

Once you have made the decision to sell your vehicle, you need to make sure that you get the most money you can for it. To give you an idea of its worth you can use one of the many free car valuation tools available online to help you decide how much your car is worth.

Finding out how much your car is worth.

The easiest way to do this is by trawling various auction and car valuation sites on the internet, which in my opinion is the best way of finding out the true value of your car.

Alternatively you could do it the old fashioned way by visiting car dealers and asking how much they’d be willing to pay, but what you must bare in mind is that, like any business car dealers will be looking to make a profit on the vehicle when they re-sell it, at the end of the day this is what they do for a living, its the nature of the business and like most business’s they have overheads and staff to pay. The best advice I can give is if you have the time and energy, do both?

Once you’ve established how much your vehicle is worth, you need to decide on which method you’re going to use to sell it. To simplify things you basically have two choices, you can either sell to a dealer, or make a private sale to another motorist. If you are toying with the idea of buying a new car from a dealer then you will more than likely have the option to part exchange your vehicle and make a saving off the cost of your new car.

As explained earlier you need to be aware of two things, the current value of your vehicle, and the fact you aren’t likely to get as good a deal from the dealer if you part exchange it, so you may want to sell it privately.

Potential buyers will be looking for any faults they can find with with your vehicle, big or small, to allow them to ask for a cheaper price. So take some time to ensure that your vehicle is clean and well looked after, this will help you get the price you are looking for.

Check your oil, fluid and water levels.

Check all your lights are working.

Check the tread and pressure on all your tyres is correct, and none of your tyres are below the legal limit.

Clean your car thoroughly inside and out, first impressions last.

De-clutter your car. You might like the furry dice look, but some potential buyers wont, so ensure all personal touches are removed and there are no old books, cd’s etc lying around.

Use an air freshener and try your best to remove any odours or stains on upholstery and carpets.