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In our last blog post we talked about why you should sell your car through a broker, however we appreciate this doesn’t suit everyone. So, we thought we would put together this article to help you get the most money for your used car, so that ultimately you have more to put towards your next vehicle.
Tip no. 1: Make sure your vehicle is looking tip-top.
The old saying 'never judge a book by its cover' doesn’t apply when we buy cars and vans. It might seem obvious but people like to buy nice looking, clean vehicles, so with this in mind make sure yours is in tip-top condition when you come to sell it.
Giving it a good wash, wax and polish goes without saying, but taking this one step further by buffing out any scratches and getting rid of any chips and dents will likely get you an extra few quid, so it’s well worth doing.
Not only is this likely to put some extra pounds in your pocket, it will also help convince nervous buyers that your car was well looked after and in the eyes of a buyer this means the car is in good nick!
Tip no. 2: Get it serviced and do any repair work.
Following on from our last point, getting the vehicle serviced will show the perspective buyer that you have taken care of the vehicle and there is nothing mechanically wrong.
In addition to this, as the seller you will have peace of mind that there will be no come back should the engine go bang or anything catastrophic like that post sale. As far as you’re concerned the vehicle has been checked and any work that was advised has been done, so the car is good to go. Smiles all round there then!
Tip no. 3: Have all the paperwork ready.
Showing the perspective buyer all of the cars documents and service records will go a long way to giving them peace of mind.
It’s also worth making sure there is plenty of tax and a good few months MOT left of the vehicle, otherwise it might look like you’re trying to get shot before you get lumbered with a load of work to pay for to get the vehicle through the next MOT, which I am sure we can all agree, as a buyer is a big turn off.
Tip no. 4: Have a realistic price in mind.
Getting this right is vital to the sale of your car, too low and you will feel disappointed and too high and it is unlikely to sell. Understanding the market and looking to see what similar cars are priced at will help you determine your sale price.
In addition to this make sure you know your limits, what we mean by this is have a firm figure in your head of the lowest price you’re prepared to sell the vehicle for and NEVER go below it. In the motor trade people always haggle, but knowing your absolute lowest price will make you more confident if it comes to saying no and watching a buyer walk away. If you’ve done your research and set your price properly then the right buyer will come along.
Tip no. 5: Get the ad right.
We see it all the time, people write listings for their vehicles, already assuming that the reader knows everything about it! The best advertisements are the ones that provide the right level of detail without being too long.
Often, buyers are not looking for a specific vehicle but a combination of features on a vehicle, so making sure your ad includes these is vital. It’s also worth making sure your car is visible in a few different places, using just one platform such as Auto-Trader will limit the number of people who see your advert which could result in a slower sale.
Our final tip is a bit of a cheat. Selling a vehicle is a time consuming and often arduous task, so why put yourself through it? Using professionals like us here are Blue Dragon Cars will take all the hassle out of the sale and ensure you get the best possible price for your vehicle.
And the great news is… Once your vehicle has been sold we have over 70 vehicles in stock ready to drive away, meaning we really are a one-stop-shop for all your vehicle buying and selling needs!
Contact or visit us today, we’re always happy to help!
Selling a car can be a laborious, costly and sometimes risky task. Equally however, the thought of asking a Broker to help you can be just as daunting. In this blog post we’re going to walk you through your selling options to help you find the right one for you.
Option 1 – Private Sale
As the old saying goes; 'If you want something done right, then do it yourself.' If this is one of your mottos, then this might be the option for you. Here is a list of the things to consider if you choose to sell your car privately:
- What are other, similar cars are selling for?
- Where do you advertise?
- How much does it cost to advertise?
- How do you write the perfect advertisement?
- Are you comfortable having people view the vehicle at your home?
- How do you deal with a haggler?
Selling your car privately can be great for some people, however it can be difficult to get the best price this way and can be pretty time consuming. Also, what happens if the car doesn't sell?
Option 2 – Sell directly with the dealer
This is often seen as the easiest way to sell your vehicle. You don’t have to worry about advertising costs, or having people viewing the vehicle at your home. Here are some points to consider when selling through a dealer:
- Which dealer do you choose?
- Are you prepared to potentially take a large hit on the price?
Option 3 – Auction
Selling a car at auction can provide you with the middle ground between the hassle-free sale through a dealer and the better price you might get with a private sale, sounds pretty good doesn't it? Well here are a few things to think about before rushing off to your nearest car auction:
- Your car must be roadworthy and have all the right documentation
- What reserve will you set?
- What happens if it doesn’t reach the reserve?
- How much commission will you pay?
- If your car does sell, how will you get home?!
Option 4 – Use a Broker
Fancy getting someone else to do all the hard work for you? (I think we all probably do!) then hiring a Broker is the option for you. Using a professional to advise, advertise and sell your vehicle for you strikes the perfect balance between ease and best price. Here are a few considerations before using a broker:
- Make sure you work with a Broker you trust, transparency is key.
- Be prepared for your car to sell quickly, Brokers have a network of buyers ready and waiting.
- Make sure you understand exactly what the fees are before agreeing to anything.
Here at Blue Dragon Cars we are experts in brokering your vehicles, with a huge network of buyers and a completely transparent process we pride ourselves in helping our clients sell their vehicles in a cost effective and timely manner.
If you're thinking of selling your car and are not sure what the best option is for you, contact us today, we'll be happy to run you through the options and give you our expert opinion based on your needs and the type of vehicle you’re looking to sell.
For most of us, buying a car is the second largest investment we will make after buying a house. That's why making sure you are 100% happy with your decision is so important, going on a test drive is the cornerstone to making the right decision.
In this blog post we highlight the importance of the test drive and how you can get the most out of it.
First thing's first, before you start your new car search do some research into the type of vehicle you want. List out all the 'must haves' and the 'would be nice to haves' to help narrow your search field. Once you have done this you will be a lot closer to finding your dream car.
Once you have a shortlist, book in a test drive and consider the following before signing on the dotted line:
Before even starting the engine take a seat and get a feel for your surroundings. Are you comfortable? Is there enough head/ leg room? Get in the back (if applicable to the vehicle your looking at, we're not suggesting you squeeze in to the boot of and Aston Martin!) is there enough room for your family and friends? If you have little ones, will their car seats fit? These questions need to be answered with a big fat yes, otherwise this car is not going to work for you.
Getting the most out of the test drive is crucial to helping you make your final decision. When you get the car out on the road make sure you try and drive in situations that you would get into every day. For example, if you work in a town, take the vehicle around the nearest town to see how it fairs. Equally, if you spend a lot of time cruising up and down the motorway, take a test drive in those conditions, this will give you a clear sense of how the car will feel in everyday life.
Checking the vehicles driving and handling capabilities is also an important test, now we're not suggesting you turn into Lewis Hamilton and throw it around corners, drifting through the lanes! But we do suggest you check the acceleration and cornering abilities. The other thing you must do on your test drive is listen to the engine, is it knocking or seemingly loud?
It's very easy to get influenced by the salesman when on a test drive, but remember this is your drive so don't be afraid to dictate to them where you would like to go and the tests you would like the car to take (emergency stops, hill starts etc...)
Because it's likely you will be test driving more than one vehicle it's worth jotting down the pros and cons of each in a notebook so that you can keep a record. If all that sounds a bit geeky to you then take a friend with you, chances are that between the two of you one of you will remember if a vehicle was a complete lemon or not!
All in all, the test drive is ultimately the decision maker and ensuring you get the most out of it is crucial to guaranteeing you don't end up with an old banger!
Us used car salesmen often get bad press, now allot of salesmen are the stereotypical sleazy, greasy guys in shiny polyester suits, however, some of us (like the team at Blue Dragon Cars) are not like that at all. In this blog post we're going to tell you all the nasty tricks of the trade that a bad used car salesman might use in order to trick you in to buying a terrible vehicle.
Trick no 1: The car engine is already warm or the car is already running
This is a trick that most people might not even notice or if they do, won't give a second thought to, but this is a real tell-tell sign that the car you are looking at is a lemon! The car salesman knows that either a) The vehicle runs lumpy (meaning there is potentially a problem with the engine or exhaust system) b) The car is perhaps not the most consistent starter, or sometimes c) Both!
If you go and see a car with a warm engine, ask why and if possible wait until the engine has cooled down before test driving it.
Trick no 2: The good cop, bad cop routine
Often the salesman is not 'The Boss' and will tell you that he will have to ask 'The Boss' to see if he can get you a better deal. You will probably see him walk into an office shut the door and appear to have a somewhat heated conversation with someone you can only assume is 'The Boss'. Nine times out of ten this person is not 'The Boss' and they are more likely to be talking about what their plans are for the weekend than discussing a potential deal on your vehicle! The salesman will then come back looking a bit sheepish and tell you that, although his boss is pretty cross with him, he has managed to get you a better deal.
This is all likely to be an act, keep pushing for the price you are willing to pay regardless of how much of a dressing down 'The Boss' might have given him. With this type of salesman there is ALWAYS a better deal.
Trick no 3: The hard sell
A classic trick of a sleazy salesman is the hard sell. This tactic includes lines like 'If you walk away today then you'll miss out' and 'Someone took this little beauty for a test drive this morning and will be back later with the cheque book, unless you get in there first'. Don't let the salesman push you in to making a decision you are not 100% comfortable with. For most people, buying a car is the second largest purchase you will make (after buying a house) and making sure you are entirely happy with your decision is vital. Yes, there is a possibility that the car may be sold but there are plenty more on the lot, in fact at Blue Dragon Cars there are over 70 vehicles in stock at any one time!
Buying a car should be an enjoyable experience, buying from a dealer you trust is vital. The team at Blue Dragon Cars want you to have the car of your dreams. Our business is built on relationships and nothing makes us happier than to see you drive away in your new vehicle with a big smile on your face!
We love used cars, but obviously we're a bit bias! However, the people we see every day also love used cars, but naturally walk on to our forecourt with lots of questions. In this blog post the team at Blue Dragon Cars have put together a list of 10 things you should ALWAYS check before buying a used car.
1. Make sure the car you are looking at matches the description.
Now we admit that this might seem extremely obvious, of course the car you're looking at matches the description you saw online, but does it? Check for scratches and dents that you might not have been able to see in other pictures both inside and out.
2. Check the locks.
Does the car have an immobiliser? If it does test the key, does it work all the time or is it a bit temperamental? Does the Key work in the door as well as remotely? Is the spare key available? Does that work too? Also it's always worth checking the petrol cap, back doors and boot all open with both keys as well.
3. Don't go alone.
There will always be things that you will miss, bringing a friend or partner with you is a great idea as they are likely to spot anything you might miss. It's also advisable to ask whoever you take with you to stand behind the car whilst you rev the engine, if there is blue or black smoke then the car could be burning to much oil. They can also help check all of the lights on the vehicle with you as well. In addition to this it's always nice to have a sounding board with you to chat over your decision.
4. Test drive.
There are some sales people that say you don't need to test drive cars now-a-days as modern cars are so good. This to us just screams, "There's something wrong with the vehicle!" ALWAYS test drive any vehicle you are looking to purchase. This is your chance to get an impression of any potential problems the car might have, as well as an opportunity to get a feel for how it drives. It's always a good idea to sit in the back of the car as well, and if it's a three door, check that the front seats go forward and slide back easily, it would be awful to get it home and not be able to get the kids in the back!
5. Look under the bonnet.
Now there will be a large proportion of people who have no idea exactly what they are looking for under the hood of a car, but never fear, a bit of prior research of the car will help point you in the right direction when you pop the lid. Rust is the most obvious thing to look for, as well as checking all of the levels such as oil and coolant.
6. Air conditioning and heating.
If the car you are looking at has air conditioning and heating (and let's face it, that's most modern cars now-a-days) make sure you test them thoroughly, even if it is boiling hot and the last thing you want to do is start blowing hot air in your face!
Always check the tyres, there are a number of things to look for when doing this:
- Check the tread, is there plenty on each tyre?
- Are they worn evenly? If not this could indicate a tracking or camber problem.
- Is there a spare? What condition is it in?
- If there is no spare, is there a temporary repair kit? Has it been used?
- Are all the tyres the same make?
8. Weather and time of day.
Never go and see a car on a gloomy day or in the dark, for the obvious reason that it makes it much harder to see any scratches or bumps. We know, it sounds so simple but lots of people do it!
9. Do an HPI check.
It is vital to check the history of your car, doing an HPI check is one of the best ways to do this. The last thing you want is to purchase a car with outstanding finance on it, or one that has been written off.
10. Buy from a reputable dealer.
Purchasing a car privately is risky, you know nothing about the person that you are buying the vehicle off and if anything were to happen you have no one to go back to. Purchasing a used car from a reputable dealer will give you peace of mind.
At Blue Dragon Cars we don't deal in bad vehicles, each of our cars go through rigorous checks before we put them onto our forecourt, and meet our extremely high standards.