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Selling my car .... What's the best place to put an AD?

Yev000

Active Member
May 3, 2019
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Knaphill
Got to sell my car due to difficulty with Divorce... Need to pay off a loan secured against the house.

Planning to put it on AutoTrader tomorrow, but wondering if there is a better place?

I got a 32k quote from WBAC... and a 31k quote from a "specialist" EV dealer - who doesn't have the cash to buy it unless he has a buyer lined up due to covid... Not sure of any of those are valuing the EAP at all. The EV dealer did let slip that he would re-sell for 36k.

I know you can advertise on Facebook, but I got no Facebook and would rather not get it.
 

darkNstormy

Member
May 1, 2020
273
185
North East
If you've got any little dinks, alloy damage etc then I'd recommend spending £150 or so (or your own valuable time) fixing everything and then going with WBAC. They will knock a lot more than that off the quote for any scratches, stone chips, alloy scratches etc. You'll probably be spending too much time doing Form E crap to do it yourself!
 

Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
Jan 20, 2020
1,900
1,862
Scotland
Lots of good reports about Richard Symons, not sure if that was the specialist EV dealer you were referring to?

EV Specialist Hampshire | R Symons

Post in the section on this forum too for free:

For Sale / Wanted / Free

I'd avoid Facebook and Gumtree, you'll get a lot of people enquing that just fancy a drive. Also, I had no luck selling on Auto trader recently. Was an Audi A6 S Line for a few thousand below book price, had zero enquiries and was charged £80 for the privilege.

Private sale is generally tricky as you'll need someone with 35k in the bank or someone who can sort out the finance separately.

The second hand market has been absorbed by the WBAC types. Give Motorway a try too for an offer. All cars go to auction, sold as seen, so as previously mentioned, make sure you don't have any scratches on your panels otherwise you'll be deducted £100 per panel. Strip the car of any accessories and sell those separately as they won't add anything to their offer.

Good luck with the sale and the other proceedings.
 
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Doudeau

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Jan 9, 2020
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Twickenham
I’d recommend Motorway.

I’ve been more than happy with the 2 cars I’ve sold thru them over the last 18 months. The BMW I sold in October is still at the main dealer who purchased it and their profit is going to be very low - showing motorway helped get me a great price.

Good luck
 
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Yev000

Active Member
May 3, 2019
1,210
784
Knaphill
Lots of good reports about Richard Symons, not sure if that was the specialist EV dealer you were referring to?

EV Specialist Hampshire | R Symons

Post in the section on this forum too for free:

For Sale / Wanted / Free

I'd avoid Facebook and Gumtree, you'll get a lot of people enquing that just fancy a drive. Also, I had no luck selling on Auto trader recently. Was an Audi A6 S Line for a few thousand below book price, had zero enquiries and was charged £80 for the privilege.

Private sale is generally tricky as you'll need someone with 35k in the bank or someone who can sort out the finance separately.

The second hand market has been absorbed by the WBAC types. Give Motorway a try too for an offer. All cars go to auction, sold as seen, so as previously mentioned, make sure you don't have any scratches on your panels otherwise you'll be deducted £100 per panel. Strip the car of any accessories and sell those separately as they won't add anything to their offer.

Good luck with the sale and the other proceedings.

These are the guys EV-Experts - Google Search

Thanks for the advice
 

Glan gluaisne

Supporting Member
Sep 11, 2019
2,782
2,685
UK
I've been looking from the other side, thinking about buying, rather than selling. One thing I have discovered is that pretty much every car I've seen on Autotrader has also been listed on every other online car ad site I've tried. As a seller, this probably makes Autotrader a good bet, I think. As a potential buyer it's a PITA, spending time looking at other car sales sites only to find the same cars listed over and over again. . .
 

Billbrown1982

TM3 LR 2021 | Red | FSD
Dec 21, 2020
239
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Basildon
Motorway did me pretty well on my Rav4 for a "no hassle" sale...

That said, they basically matched the WBAC price, but with no deductions or garbage like that.

P.S: Sorry to hear your in this position. Hope things work out for the best.
 

Irata

Member
Oct 16, 2020
272
155
UK
With WBAC, they'll magically (or rather automatically) send an email after a week with a slightly higher offer. It won't be much, but may help.

Likewise, sorry about your situation. The whole divorce system is sadly stuck in the 19th century and should be totally replaced.
 
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Andywil

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Jul 14, 2019
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Leeds, uk
Motorway did me pretty well on my Rav4 for a "no hassle" sale...

That said, they basically matched the WBAC price, but with no deductions or garbage like that.

P.S: Sorry to hear your in this position. Hope things work out for the best.
Try Arnold Clark I've had good price from them before, and they stick to their original quote.
 

DrJFoster

Member
Aug 27, 2019
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65
UK
I'd just advertise on Pistonheads (cheaper then Autotrader but Autotrader has more traffic) and follow this guide

Selling a Tesla (tesla-info.com)

Dealerships including the ones who do sale or return all have closed showrooms at the moment so all they're doing is taking your cash, especially if you car is under Tesla warranty, is writing an advert for you. The only exception to this is if people want finance which they can arrange if they can't get a loan from their bank which is usually cheaper.
 

GeorgeSymonds

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Mar 16, 2018
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UK
I know Richard Symons and he's highly thought of and been doing it longer than most. Simon Jones used to work for him from what I understand. Richard has a youtube channel too which is gaining popularity giving real world advice. I've spent many an hour surfing listings and I am amazed how bad some dealers are at describing the cars. I'd not seen the guide that DJF posted about selling before but I recon there's some solid advice in that if you're listing it yourself.
 

RedMod3

Member
Oct 21, 2020
75
49
Hampshire, UK
price is the problem for a private sale; I could not sell my BMW M3 through Gumtree or Autotrader, but the dealer I bought it from bought it back off me for a fair price.

For our small car, I advertised it on Gumtree for £4,500, and sold it for £4,200 for cash - I was pleased.
 

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