Many people think their car is worth more than it is simply because they have seen high asking prices from other sellers, eg on dealer’s forecourts or on the Internet.
Sellers can ask any price they like for a car, but it is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. The price guides we use (eg CAP, Glasses, Parkers) are based on what dozens of similar cars have actually sold for across the UK.
Unless your car is exceptional, it is unlikely it will sell for much more than the price guide averages.
Trade-in price will be less than what you could sell your car for in a private sale, which will also be less than a dealer’s selling price.
If you buy a car in a private car sale, there is no comeback if something is wrong with the car that you didn’t notice at the time of sale, or any comeback if something goes wrong with the car shortly after you had bought it. There is more risk buying a car privately, hence the cost is less.
Trading in a car to a dealer saves you the hassle of preparing the car, advertising it, dealing with buyers coming to your house, taking them for test drives, dealing with time wasters, no-shows, amateur mechanics, idiots, and people offering you low prices. You may have to advertise many times over weeks or months before you sell your car. You may have a period with no car, or two cars and you may have to store your second car and keep it cleaned and prepared until you sell it.
The car dealer has to cost in all the above and also has to prepare the car to a much better degree than a private seller. The car must be ‘fit for purpose’ under the Sales Of Goods Act so any issues with the car must be fixed before sale. Therefore, you can expect a car dealer to sell a car for more than a private seller.
Yes, we take all reasonable steps to ensure your car will provide you with trouble-free motoring. We personally drive each car at least 50 miles before offering it for sale, to ensure it is ready for the new owner.
It depends on the car’s service history but if it has not been serviced for a while, we will give the car a full or mini-service. If the car has had a recent service we will still check the fluid levels and give it a visual check.
All our cars have a long MOT or a new one is put on.