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How do I
How do I sell my used car?
Properly cleaning your car before the sale can add hundreds of rands to its value. That doesn't mean just driving it through a car wash - you need to pay more attention to detail. That could mean paying R150-500 to have it professionally valeted, or you could do it yourself.
If you decide to do the work, buy some decent car shampoo and a decent polish. See this as an investment; R100 spent on the right products, plus a bit of elbow grease, could see your car's value increase by several hundred rands.
Hose the car down then with the bodywork already wet, hand wash the panels using a sponge and some soapy water. Don't use washing up liquid as it smears and don't hose down the engine bay as you might damage the electrical systems. Once you've cleaned the outer panels focus on:
- The wheels
- The wheel arches
- The door shuts
Once you've washed everything, leather down the bodywork and glass, to get rid of any drying out marks. While the car dries out, turn your attention to the interior.
- Vacuum the carpets and seats
- Empty the ash trays
- Remove any rubbish in the boot and glove box
Wipe over the dashboard and trim panels with a damp cloth and if the headlining or seats are dirty, clean them with a mixture of upholstery cleaner and warm water. While the interior dries out, you can then finish off by applying a coat of polish to the bodywork, which will help to keep your car clean for a few weeks.
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used car advert?
How do I place a used car advert?
Advertising your car on Auto Trader is quick and easy, but if you don't use the best wording or you ask too much for the car, you'll get a limited response. Here's how to create a great advert.
Start by working out how much to ask for your car. Price it too low and you'll lose money, but price it too high and you'll get no interest. The key is to price it just above what you'll accept, leaving room to negotiate - everyone likes to think they're getting a bargain.
You can get your car valued on Auto Trader. This gives you a tailored value, for your car specifically, but it's also worth looking at what other people are asking for their cars. A quick look through our listings will help you set the price effectively. When setting the price, take into consideration the mileage, derivative and overall condition of your car.
Once you've worked out the right price for your car, put an advert together that tells potential buyers everything they're likely to need to know. Make sure you include:
- The exact type of car, including the engine size and body style
- The year and registration
- Your car's mileage and colour
- How many owners it's had and how much service history is available
- Equipment that's fitted, such as air-con, alloy wheels, sat-nav
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worth of my car?
How do I find the worth of my car?
- Often it is difficult to decide what your car is actually worth. If you set the price too high you will have a long sale, few prospects and numerous missed opportunities.
- Similarly setting the price too will guarantee a quick sale, lots of prospects but can mean you could lose out on a potentially higher sale. The key is to set the price just above what you are willing to accept, leaving room for customers to negotiate.
How do I
How do I manage car buyers?
Selling a car can be a daunting prospect, but by knowing what to expect, you can avoid being caught out by experienced time wasters or criminals. Follow these steps to make sure you're not caught out.
- Don't let a buyer go out alone, as they might not come back
- Check they have adequate insurance cover, or you could be liable for any accidents
- Keep a close friend or relative with you - especially if you're selling
- Always keep the keys on you when swapping seats or getting out of the car
- Let buyers follow their own route, as many are suspicious if you dictate which roads to take
Buyers will probably be keen to negotiate on your asking price. You need to be firm, without being unreasonable; set a price beforehand and keep it in your head during negotiations. While this price in your mind should be the lowest you're prepared to sell the car for, don't decline a sale over a R 500 difference in your lowest and their highest offer. It'll cost you far more in re-advertising fees, time and hassle.
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How do I sell my used car securely?
In an ideal world, you'd be paid cash during office hours which you'd pay in immediately, but this isn't always possible. If you do receive cash, try to get it handed over in a bank, so you can pay it in immediately and the bank teller can check for fake notes. If your buyer gives you cash outside banking hours, pay it in as soon as possible.
A far better way is electronic transfer. It allows you to transfer funds online, but it can take a few days, so don't release the car until the bank tells you the funds have been successfully transferred.
Personal cheques and bank or building society cheques can cause problems. Personal cheques can be cancelled or issued without the available funds in the account, so if you've already handed over the car, you could be left seriously out of pocket. Despite common belief, bank or building society cheques aren't as good as cash; forged cheques are common.
Other precautions you can take include:
- Ask the bank if you can draw funds against the cheque; asking if the cheque has cleared can mean something different
- If possible, go with the buyer to the bank to draw the cheque
- Ask the buyer for ID with an address and landline telephone number; if they're reluctant to give this information, be wary
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How do I complete the car documentation?
It's easy to be daunted by the various bits of paperwork that accompany your car, but there's nothing to be frightened of. Once the deal has been sealed, you'll need to write a receipt acknowledging the following information:
- The date
- The amount paid
- The make and model of car sold
- The car's registration
- The names and addresses of buyer and seller
Make two copies of the receipt; one for you and one for the buyer. The most important thing for you to do next is to fill out a transfer of ownership forms and send it off to the Licensing Department; Telling the Licensing Department that the car has a new owner means you won't be liable for any fines racked up after the sale.
Finish off by handing over any other useful documentation such as:
- The car's handbook and service records
- The RWC certificate
- Any paperwork that relates to the car's warranty, if it still has one