Whether you change your car every six months, or tend to keep the same one for years at a time, sooner or later, you’re going to be moving on. It’s emotional, but it’s a necessary part of being a car owner.
However, the question becomes, what do you do with your existing car? Thankfully, with the internet, the options keep on growing.
Okay, so let’s run through three ways to get the best bang for your used car:
Sell it On?
Even if your car is 15 years old, if it still has life in it, someone else might really value it. As long as you’re upfront about its faults!
There’s often people on the hunt for a cheap used car. Perhaps for their teenage child to give to them as their first car, or simply as a run-around if they just do local journeys.
Well, again, this is where the internet comes into its own. The old fashioned way of doing this was to call up your local paper, get an advert listed (and it wasn’t always cheap). Then you waited for the paper to actually get published, and cross your fingers that someone was interested.
And of course, with this approach, if your car wasn’t shifting and you wanted to lower the price, you’d have to wait another week!
But, the internet changed all that. You can now list your car, and literally have it sold the same evening. And many sites are free to list on.
For example, there’s Gumtree, which is actually owned by eBay. There’s a bunch of paid upgrades, but you generally don’t need to worry about those. List your car, include as many details as you can and even photos, and you’ll be amazed what happens. And even if you’ve listed it well above market value, you might get quite a few calls trying to haggle you down. Plus you can change the details and the price in the advert at any time.
If your car really is at the end of its life, it might just be easiest to scrap it. Well, there’s plenty of options when it comes to car scrappers and this is often the easiest option. Plus they often pick up your car, give you some cash on the spot, and then take away your lovely automobile and strip it for parts (in a nice way).
Do They Really Buy Any Car?
What the internet has really brought to prominence is sites like We Buy Any Car. They advertise on television pretty much constantly. They also put forward the fact that it’s very easy to sell them your car, and that they give you a good price.
Well, it may not be as wonderful as they say. You have to drive the car to one of their centres, and that may not always be particularly local. And then you need to arrange your own way home.
The prices they quote on their site are usually vaguely competitive. That said, some people have reported that once you’re there they try to haggle you down further. So perhaps best to proceed with caution regarding this option.
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