If you’re looking to sell your beloved vehicle then the good news is it’s never been easier. There are so many different advertising methods available out there, with some being 100% free. Before choosing a particular method however, it’s always good to do a little research and compare the options in front of you. Below you’ll discover just some of the best options out there.
The internet has opened up a whole new range of advertising methods. Taking just a couple of minutes of your time, your car could soon be advertised online to thousands of potential buyers. The main methods available include:
- Paid online ads
- Free online classifieds
- Auction sites
Paid online ads used to be the more popular option, though they are quickly being replaced with the free ads. It’s unsurprising really. After all, who would pay money for something that they can get for free? There are still benefits to paid ads, but generally speaking it’s worth seeing if you can take advantage of free advertising wherever you can.
Free auto classifieds are frequently popping up. The Telegraph has recently reported that the RAC has become the latest company to offer free ads. The company is looking to add at least 500,000 cars onto its classified site, giving consumers a huge choice no matter which part of the UK they live. The free ads are currently only available to private sellers, though this will change on May 1st to include dealer ads too.
Auction sites are also a great choice. eBay is particularly popular, though it does come with a pretty high fee if you manage to sell the car. There’s also a risk that the buyer won’t come through with the money – although the site is pretty good in these situations.
Deciding how to sell your car
Remember when you passed your test and realised just how much thought needed to go into buying your first car? All of the rules of the road and the essential driving skills were fresh in your mind and you were fully focussed on putting those to good use and making the best decision possible.
Well, the same applies when you’re trying to sell for the first time (in fact moments such as this are a useful trigger to make you refresh your own knowledge of the road, especially given that it’s free and easy to do so – get fully into that first time buyer’s mindset).
There are many things you need to think about before you place an advertisement. The two main options you have when it comes to selling include:
- Selling privately
- Selling via a dealership
The Money Advice Service provides great information and advice on both options. If you choose to sell privately, you’re more likely to get a higher price for your car. Dealerships take a fee and can often try to rip you off. However, if you do choose to sell privately, it will take longer to sell and there’s also a chance you will be messed around. There are clear advantages and disadvantages to both options. So you really do need to do your research before you make a decision.
Overall selling your car is easier than ever before, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things that you need to think about beforehand. Always do as much research as you can into the different methods available to ensure you are using the best option to fit your circumstances.