How to Get the Best Price for Your Used Car?

Best Price for Your Used Car

Immersion in camera-hidden in the troubled waters of the occasion. We are not pigeonstrying to resell a car via five different channels: a dealer of the brand, an online ad, a professional buyer, an exporter or even a car agency. Between the least and the highest bidder, the price difference is enormous.

On board a used Audi A3 “For Sale”, our team goes to start a dealership of the brand. The man who receives it warns from the outset: ” It is a market price that I will give you, lower than the price of the market of resale of particular to particular “. After appraisal of the car, the garage offers 9000 euros. On the site of resale of occasions of the mark, it would be resold about 3000 euros more expensive. Furthermore, the offer is conditional on the purchase of a vehicle from the mark.

” Your car interests me “

The second exploited track starts with one of these small cards that are found slipped on our windshields. After a brief glance, the buyer who moved to our car, gives us his price: 8500 euros. After negotiations, his latest offer will reach 9000 euros.

We then go to Brussels, on the edge of the canal, in a district renowned for its exports. From there, every day leave entire trucks of cars bound for Africa. Lovers approached we will make an offer not encouraging: 7000 euros .

Real estate agency?

The fourth solution we are testing is rather original. It is a real estate agency. This intermediary takes care of the sale of your car. For this service, he pockets a commission. The man who receives us tells us: ” From the price we show, to the big ladle, remove 1000 euros! That is what you will have net in your pocket.” All deducted: passage to control, commission of the agency and mechanical guarantee “.

It offers, to the future buyer of your car, a three-month warranty on mechanics. This car agency promises us at least 10,000 euros net, in pocket, for our car. It gets interesting, but the sale is not guaranteed. If the automobile agency does not sell it, the owner loses 49 euros of application fees.

From particular to particular

Finally, we try to sell by ad on the internet. In a week, the offers of interested Internet users have increased from 2000 euros to … 11 000 euros , the most interesting offer among all received, among all the channels exploited. Between the most interesting and the least good solution, the difference is 4000 euros. For the sale of a car therefore, the game of comparison, is well worth the effort.

Some sales and after-sales formalities:

  1. An invoice, even special to particular. This will include your details, the buyer’s details, the vehicle’s details (make, complete model, date of first entry, full chassis number, current mileage and exterior color), sales price, method of payment, date and signatures.
  2. VAT certificate for resale to a Belgian professional, by means of which you certify that you have paid VAT on the purchase of the resold car
  3. License plates.

Secure payment method

A watchword: security! Especially when you do not go through a professional. Use of cash is not recommended, especially because the bank must check this method of payment. You can not withdraw more than 3000 euros at a time. The transfer, in front of the check, is the surest way. You should never let your car leave without having a confirmation from your bank that the money has arrived on your account.

Latest advices?

At the time of sale, do not forget to attach to the car: gray card, certificate of conformity, maintenance booklet, last technical inspection report, user manual, all keys, anti-theft bolt for rims, jack and spare wheel. If we sell our car to a private individual, we must also pass the technical control. If everything is perfect, we receive a Carpass and a complete diagnosis.