How long does it take to sell a car private party

Once your car is looking its best, your next step is reaching an audience of prospective buyers.Where to advertiseMost people find a car online, using websites such asRAC Cars, Mot

How long does it take to sell a car private party

Once your car is looking its best, your next step is reaching an audience of prospective buyers.

Where to advertise

Most people find a car online, using websites such asRAC Cars, Motorway, Auto Trader and Gumtree. Its best to shop around to find a platform that you prefer, especially as different websites have different charges  often depending on the value of your car.

It could be worth thinking outside the box, too. Facebook Marketplace is popular, especially for selling cheap runarounds locally. There are also a number of Facebook groups catering for car sales, from classic cars to off-roaders.

If you dont want to advertise online, or want to try other avenues, consider the old-fashioned options. Stick a notice in a newsagents window, tell your family and friends (you might be surprised how good word of mouth can be) and put a sign in the window with the price, a few important details (mileage andMOT, for example) and a phone number. You never know wholl see it.

Taking photos for the advert

Take a wide variety of pictures of all angles of the car. Do this in daylight, ideally in good weather.

Remember to take pictures of the interior and consider including shots of the boot and underneath the bonnet. Turning the steering wheel into a straight position and switching on the engine, so buyers can clearly see dashboard icons and your cars infotainment system, could make all the difference too.

Take photos framing the whole car and from fairly close-up, so potential buyers get an idea of the cars condition. But dont feel the need to take a photo of every tiny dent and scratch.

Writing the advert

Most websites will auto-fill details such as the cars make and model once you enter your registration. Its important to check this info is correct.

Depending on the website, there might be space to add a more detailed description. Dont go over the top here but include some general information about the cars condition and its history. A 50 to 75 word-long advert is considered the sweet spot.

If youre stuck on what to say, our guide on how to write the perfect used car advert is a great place to start.

Be honest about the car, but dont undersell it. You dont want to waste any potential buyers time or yours. If theres anything that the buyer is likely to want to fix, be open about it from the start.

How much should I ask for my car?

Valuing your car can be tricky. You dont want to ask too little, but a high asking price will discourage potential buyers from even looking.

You can visit RAC Cars for afree valuation, but its also worth looking in the classifieds for an indication of what to ask. Look at like-for-like cars if you can and bear in mind that dealers will ask for more than private sellers. Things like specification and mileage will also have a big influence on a cars value.

For more help on setting your price, including a few golden rules, see our advice on writing a car listing.

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