Take the buyer's contact details when arranging for them to come and view/test drive the car - name, address and land line phone number. A genuine buyer will be happy to do so and will understand if you call back to confirm arrangements and check the number given. Don’t leave them alone with the car and make sure you accompany them on a test drive. Hang on to the keys if you change seats, for example. Insist that the buyer comes to see the car at your home address - a genuine buyer will be happy to do so. Sometimes thieves pose as potential buyers, so stay sharp, and beware of scammers posing as remote buyers keen to pay the full amount if you pay a refundable transport fee. Once you have agreed a price with a buyer, never hand over your keys and paperwork until your bank confirms the full value has cleared into your account. Online bank transfers are the best way to get paid, but you have to provide the buyer with your bank details, which you may not be happy to do. Cash is an alternative, but arrange for the handover to happen at a bank; and if you accept a cheque or banker’s draft, get proof of the buyer’s name and address – just in case you need to chase them up.
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