6 tips to sell your car for more money
When selling your car, there are a few quick fixes you can do to ensure that you’re getting the maximum return on your pre-loved possession. All you have to do is present your vehicle in the best possible condition and you will have buyers lining up for it. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you secure a good price for your car through the secondhand market:
Fix all the flaws
If you’ve had your car for a long time, it probably has its fair share of dents and scratches. If you can notice these in your car, then so will a potential buyer. Buyers won’t miss the chance to pick out on any imperfections and use them to negotiate a lower price, so make sure you take your car for a detailed inspection at a garage and have any minor faults fixed. This may cost you a bit of money, but it will make a big difference.
Keep it clean
Take your car for a deep clean, inside and out, before posting any pictures of it for your ad and welcoming any viewings. If you don’t have a clean car, potential buyers will assume the lack of cleaning translates into a lack of maintenance, which will steer buyers away rather than attracting them. There are many companies in the UAE that offer car detailing services that get rid of all the grime from your engine and clean all the areas that a regular car wash will miss.
Sell before the 5-year mark
If you brought your car brand-new, it probably came with a five-year warranty. If so, the best time to sell would be after four years. At that point, you would have owned the car past the highest period of depreciation (the first 18 months), and enjoyed hassle-free motoring for four years. In the UAE, a car will clock up an average of 20,000km a year. One that has been driven for 60,000 – 80,000 km will likely have a full year of warranty remaining, which is a great benefit for prospective buyers. Another perk of selling your car before the warranty expires is that you miss the period of higher expenditure on the car, post-warranty, or 80,000 km when most cars would require a big-ticket service bill and/or a new set of tires.
Spread the word
Listing your car on an online portal like dubizzle is the best way to ensure your advertisement reaches a lot of people; however, to increase your chances of a quick sale, take full advantage of your network. Let your colleagues, friends, and family know that your car is for sale. The main thing to keep in mind if you are using different channels to advertise your car is to make sure to keep the price consistent.
Talk about the details
Apart from having the basic information in the description such as the make, model, VIN number, and mileage, you could also give a short story about what features pushed you to buy the car, which will help reel potential buyers in. Present your car in the same way car salesmen do. Highlight any special features in your car such as navigation, cruise control, cameras, and entertainment system in the description of your ad and share any complimentary images of the features.
Know its value
If you don’t have a clear idea as to how much your car is worth, you can try the dubizzle price valuation tool for free. Start by entering the details like the make, model, and year of your car and the mileage it has done. You will get a price range based on data from similar cars listed on dubizzle in the last 12 months; this range helps as an indicator of where you can price your car as you set up your ad. It’s advisable to start slightly higher than what your car is worth and once negotiations begin and all of the back and forth is over, you should still get as close to what you initially expected for it.
By utilizing these tips, you can make sure you secure the best deal when selling your car in the UAE second-hand car market. You can also explore SellerAssist by dubizzle pro, a premium assisted selling service where the experts handle the entire process on your behalf.