Selling at auction is one of the easiest ways to sell your car – and financially most beneficial. You don’t need to worry about advertising costs, complete strangers coming to your home, haggling, timewasters and bouncing cheques…the auction house will take care of everything. You don’t even need to be there on the day but it’s an exciting experience if you have time to go along.
Here are 5 tips to help ensure you get the true value for your car:
Make sure you clean your car inside and out
The presentation of the car can affect how much it will go for at auction so make sure you clean your car inside and out to get the best price. You might even find it worthwhile to pay for a professional valet service.
Get a new MOT
When selling a used car at auction it is a good idea to get a new MOT especially if the existing one is about to expire or has only a few weeks left. Although an MOT test is never a guarantee of a vehicle’s overall condition it is an independent third-party professional assessment of your car’s roadworthiness and it will give potential buyers confidence in the car and reassure them that they won’t have to splash out any immediate extra cash on essential repairs.
Get your car serviced
Likewise, if your car hasn’t been serviced in a while it’s a good time to get it done. At the very least you should top up the oil, coolant and windscreen washer fluid.
Make sure you have all the relevant documents
When selling your car at auction make sure you bring along the relevant documents such as service records, the MOT certificate and the V5C certificate. You won’t be able to sell your car without the V5C and the other documentation is optional but it will help you to achieve the best price. As a golden rule make sure you always keep receipts for any work carried out on your car and include them in the service records.
Set a reserve price
To ensure you get a fair price for your car it’s important that you set a reserve price. Be realistic and take into account your car’s age, condition and the current market conditions … but do take the advice of the auctioneer as there may be factors that actually make your car worth more than you might think.
Take advantage of a free and accurate online Vehicle Valuation from the professionals at JustSoldMyCar.Com or call on 0141 22 666 44 and we’ll book your car in for an on-site appraisal and then book it into the next auction. Don’t forget to follow these tips to ensure you get the best price for your car.