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How to get the best deal for your car

Added: 19 May 2016

Selling your car may sound simple, but selling it for the best value possible and making sure you get the right price is the hard part.

Geoff Cox’s customer service team provide a no obligation valuation for your car and advise that you can always get better value if you part exchange.

Here are our top 10 tips to look for when selling your car:

1.     Firstly check on an independent source the estimated value of your car to save any surprises – compare your car with similar cars that are for sale and take the average price. That way you will know how much you can realistically expect.

2.     Make sure you have all the paperwork to hand – MOT, service history, V5 certificate and details of any modifications.

3.     Choose your purchaser wisely - Decide if you are going to use your car in part exchange for a new car, sell to a buying specialist such as or if you want to sell privately. Prices, and effort, will vary a lot depending on how you want to sell the vehicle.

4.     Get curb appeal. Clean the car before anyone views it. Clean cars are more attractive cars, inside and out, always make a better first impression so show your car off to its best potential.

5.     Get an MOT if there is less than three months left on the current certificate. This will give you greater negotiating power and any buyer, trade or private, like to see that it has recently been tested.

6.     If you are selling the car privately and the buyer wants a test drive then make sure they are insured and have a valid driving license. Also make sure you go with them on the test drive, you drive first and take them to a suitable place for them to drive the car confidently and safely.

7.     Don’t make things up. Be as honest as you can about your vehicle. If you sell a car that you know may not be roadworthy, you could still be liable after the sale in the event of an accident if the car is not fit for sale.

8.     Choose the right time to sell. Yes that’s right, cars are seasonal, Spring and Autumn are the times we are most likely to look at a new car – this fits in with new registrations so if you are trading for a new car then it’s a great time to do it!

9.     Negotiate and don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal if you don’t feel you are getting the best price for your car. If you have done your research you will know how much its worth so don’t settle for less than is reasonable.

10.  Finalise the sale and after you have sold the car make sure you complete all your paperwork, for example notify your insurance company and DVLA that you no longer have the car.

If you are planning to sell your car in part exchange for a new vehicle you can usually get a really good deal on your next car – plus its is the most simple way of selling your car. Geoff Cox will value your car against and used car or New Ford car in their showroom, and they will never pressure you into making that decision.

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