Top tips for selling your car
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You’ll need to hand over the car’s handbook, the service logbook (plus receipts) and, if the car is over three years old, the MOT certificate. Buyers may also appreciate older MOT certificates and maintenance receipts. After you’ve sold the car, you’ll need a receipt with the date, price, registration number, make and model featured. You’ll also need your (and the buyer’s) name and address. You’ll need to tell the DVLA the car has been sold. If your car has a V5C (registration document) then fill in the bottom and send this to the DVLA. You’ll need to give the top part to the buyer alongside other paperwork.
Accurately pricing your car will help it sell faster, but knowing the value of your car can be tricky. Fortunately, Auto Trader offer a free car valuation tool that’ll offer you an accurate guide price. We update our car valuations daily, so you’ll get the latest guide price. We’ll also give you a part-exchange price and a private sale price, so you can decide how you want to sell your car.
By selling your car through Auto Trader, you’ll be putting it in front of the UK’s largest car-buying audience. To help sell your car, we recommend you accurately and fairly price it and follow these tips on creating an eye-catching car advert.
Yes, you can part-exchange your car on Auto Trader. Once you’ve found a car you like, simply use our part exchange tool to get an instant valuation on your current car. We’ll send a guide price to both you and the dealer, then you can discuss the final price. Simple.
It is illegal to sell a car with outstanding finance. Until you’ve finished paying for the car and the finance is settled, the car is still owned by the finance company so it’s not yours to sell. If you want to sell the car, you’ll have to settle the finance. There are several ways to do this, normally by paying a settlement figure and any associated fees. Learn more about selling a car with outstanding finance.
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*Based on a survey of 5,949 people who have sold cars in the past two years, of which 2,734 people sold via Auto Trader or Webuyanycar.com which are the relevant channels for the purpose of this claim. Car buying sites are online providers of ‘convenience car sales’ methods who will provide an instant online quote for your vehicle and will purchase cars of any age, make or model, without the seller being required to advertise the vehicle through classified advertising channels. The difference between what each car was sold at and the actual valuation of the car at the time of sale is calculated by comparing the difference between the stated sold price of each car in the survey and the Auto Trader Guide Valuation for each car at the time of sale. The average difference is then calculated for each of (1) all cars in the survey sold via Auto Trader, and (2) all cars in the survey sold via Webuyanycar.com, and compared to produce the figure quoted. All sellers of cars up to 15 years old giving information required for Auto Trader Guide Valuation. Auto Trader’s Guide Valuation is an award winning service providing an accurate reflection of the live retail market. Our valuations are based on over 1.9 million vehicles each day, including 90,000 vehicle updates and an average of 19,000 vehicles added or removed from Auto Trader. Coupled with data from circa 450,000 trade used car listings every day, as well as additional dealer forecourt and website data.
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