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  • Tips & Tools for selling YOUR car privately

    Abbey Garage are happy to consider you vehicle in part exchange against one from our forecourt. However if you would like to sell your car yourself, privately using eBay, Auto Trader, the paper or one of the many Facebook buy & sell pages you may want take a look at the tips below…

    Preparing your car for a sale is an important investment in time and – possibly – money. Not only could it mean that you sell your car more quickly, it might also mean you get more money for it.

    The very least you should do is to make sure it’s clean and tidy inside and outside. Simple things like clearing out the glovebox and doorbins can make the car all the more attractive to a buyer. It might be worth considering a professional valet which could save you time and be a sensible investment. After all, if a £20 valet adds £100 to the value of the car, you’re quids in.

    Likewise, go around the car and check that all the electrics work – everything from the lights and wipers outside to the stereo, air-con and displays inside. You should also check that the tyres (including the spare, if your car has one) are in good condition and that all the mechanical bits and pieces are in good working order.

    If you come across any minor problems or damage, it’s worthwhile getting them fixed; and, if your car has an MOT that is due to run out in the near future, consider getting a fresh one done.

    This is not just because a clean bill of health will make the car more appealing to potential buyers, but also because any obvious problem provides the buyer with the perfect opportunity to try and beat you down on price.

    Finally, don’t forget that preparing your car involves more than just the car. Gather together all the paperwork you have for the car – MOT certificates, and details of any services or repairs that you have had completed on the car. Again, it all helps to make the car more valuable and attractive to a potential buyer, as it will help to confirm the car’s history and give the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the car has been looked after.


    • Clean the car inside and out
    • Make sure everything works
    • Gather together all the car’s paperwork
    • Take good quality photos – see our forecourt photos for tips on angles and what to capture


    You know your car, you know what you have put in to it, how you have cared for it. Take a look on-line, see what others the same spec and mileage are going for privately, overlook trade forecourt prices, these are irrelevant, you are a private seller.

    If you need a little assistance maybe this Auto Trader tool may come in handy



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