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What do you have to consider if you want to sell your car?

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What do you have to consider if you want to sell your car?

If you want to sell your car successfully, you usually want to get the best possible price with little effort. Therefore one should not hasty Act. It is better to invest the time well and collect all the necessary information. In this way, you can filter out the best candidates from all interested parties and achieve the desired purchase price.

Car Selling Basics!

If you decide to buy a new car, it is ideal if you can still get a satisfactory return on your used one. The higher the sales price of the old vehicle, the lower the amount that you have to invest in the new purchase. So you should be well prepared. It is also worthwhile to look at the external appearance (small scratches etc) and the overall status (technical problems) of the vehicle, as well as the papers, to be checked and, if necessary, to be improved or completed. By the way, the best time to sell your car is autumn or spring.

What do you have to consider if you want to sell your car?

Who buys my car?

You can try to sell the vehicle from private to private. Alternatively, you can also sell the vehicle to a dealer. The majority of German car sellers try the first variant, as they can achieve a better selling price here. Normally, a dealer pays a lower price than private individuals. However, it is less complicated for the seller to a dealer. For vintage cars with H approval there are separate meetings, markets and online portals for sales. If you can't accommodate your vehicle with friends and are not satisfied with the price of the local car dealer, you still have the option of renting your car online to offer for sale. There are some websites and portals that are only released for private individuals and alternatively there are mediation portals for business people that you can fall back on. As a rule, you can easily list your car for sale there with a free advertisement. Even mixed portals There are also various options for Auction to the highest bidder. There is, of course, some risk here!

Preparations for the sale!

Before you hit the keys and put on the sales ad, you should think about yourself realistic selling price do. Displays of similar vehicles can be used as a guide. TÜV, Dekra and the Schwacke list offer additional help. A professional valuation of your own car, on the other hand, is usually associated with costs. Once you have an approximate price in mind, the ad can be written and listed accordingly. The ad text and the information it contains should be truthful in order to avoid later discussions with interested parties. If the sales portal does not have a mask with all the relevant details, you should definitely include the following information:

  • Mileage
  • TÜV / HU date
  • Accessories (winter tires, trailer hitch, sound system, roof rails, etc.)
  • Year of construction / model year
  • Extras, if any
  • Technical data (displacement, hp / kW)

In addition, the attached pictures of any damage, the odometer reading, and the interior and exterior of the car should be included meaningful .

What do you have to consider if you want to sell your car?

the car detailing

Before you take the photos for the sales ad or invite the first interested parties, you should have your car thorough cleaning undergo. A car that looks neat and has been freshly prepared can certainly fetch a higher price. Maybe you should even have one professional car preparation think. Whether you own your car want to clean yourself, or whether you prefer to leave the whole thing to a professional, that should depend on the value of the vehicle. Depending on the amount of work, cleaning by trained staff can cost between 50 and 500 euros. With a vehicle that is perhaps only worth 1.000 euros, that would be rather pointless. Car washing and vacuuming as well as polishing rims is usually done on your own made quickly.

What do you have to consider if you want to sell your car?

When cleaning the vehicle, you should pay attention to the following:

  1. inner space and exterior cleaning: The vehicle should be given a thorough exterior wash, preferably in a car wash. When cleaning the interior, you clean and vacuum the carpets, floor mats and seat cushions. Plastic surfaces such as pedals and consoles are cleaned and possibly polished.
  2. fitness to drive: The oil level, cooling water level, the brake fluid and the tire pressure need to be checked
  3. Fix small flaws: Small quirks you can easily with a Fix repair kit yourself
  4. Accesories: Where is the manual? Are the First aid kitwhich spare and warning triangle present and intact?

As soon as you have prepared the vehicle, you can reassure the first prospective buyers test drive

The papers, please!

If both parties have agreed and a purchase is made, the following papers and documents must change hands with the vehicle:

  • Registration certificate Part I and II (slip and letter)
  • TÜV report and AU report
  • Sales contract signed by both parties
  • Manual / Instruction Manual
  • Keys, spare keys and possibly code cards
  • Repair invoices, maintenance invoices and check or service book.

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About Thomas Wachsmuth

Thomas Wachsmuth - He has been an integral part of since 2013. His passion for cars is so intense that he invests every available penny in them. While he dreams of a BMW E31 850CSI and a Hennessey 6x6 Ford F-150, he currently drives a rather inconspicuous BMW 540i (G31/LCI). His collection of books, magazines and brochures on the subject of car tuning has now reached such proportions that he himself has become a walking reference work for the tuning scene.  More about Thomas

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