Posted by Motorama in Buyer Advice
It might seem like you can get more cash for your car when selling it privately, but everything comes at a price. We give you three goods reasons to sell your car to a dealership instead of privately.
Selling your vehicle privately takes time, effort and will actually therefore cost you. Think about the steps you’ve got to go through: get a road worthy certificate and any repairs that are required to meet the safety standards. Then you need to advertise the car (online) and so you need to take some good looking photos of your car. Once you’ve got a potential customer you need to take him or her for a test drive, negotiate the price and finally transfer the registration over to them.
When selling to a dealer you just drive it in. The only thing you need to bring is the required documentation, which you can check on our ‘Million Dollar Buying Drive’ site. In 30 minutes you’ll walk out with the money in your bank account. No appointment necessary and haggle free.
Next to tyre kickers, there is the possibility that somebody with bad intentions wants to come ‘have a look at your car’. You invite him to your house, show him your garage but he’s not interested. The next day your car is stolen. You gave away too much. Or somebody takes your car for a test drive and gave their driver license as a security. Except you didn’t notice it was fake and they never returned. Then there is the option the negotiations don’t go the way your buyer expected and they turn aggressive because they just drove hundreds of kilometres to check out your vehicle.
None of this is an issue when selling your car to a dealership, because you’re dealing with a reputable company that has to abide by standards and rules. You’re protected by law and know they won’t be messing around. Piece of mind is worth a lot.
Once you’ve sold your car privately there a good chance you want to buy a new one for yourself. So if you find your next vehicle at a dealership you’ll still have to bring your cash there. Of course, they will ask you if you have a trade-in, which you just sold privately. There goes your negotiation. With buying a car with a trade-in you can possible come to a good price at a dealership. Without, you don’t have anything to offer in return.
So if you want an easy, secured sale that could get you a better deal, make sure to sell your vehicle to a dealership instead of privately. Visit a Motorama Dealership near you for more information. Come in and we’ll take care of the rest.