Tips for selling a used car | Resale

It sells nearly six million used cars a year in France.

Selling a used car takes time and requires careful organization to make a successful used car transaction.

The follow-up of a few essential steps makes it possible to quickly find a buyer and to regulate the sale.

MAKE THE VEHICLE SHINE

In order to arouse customers’ interest, the used car must be completely clean during the sale.

The cleanliness of the exterior, interior, bonnet and trunk should reflect the care with which you maintain the vehicle.

PERFORM THE RECOMMENDED ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF THE VEHICLE

It is better to replace worn tires on a vehicle offered for sale than to offer a vehicle with worn tires.

It is also advisable to keep up to date with the maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.

PERFORM A TECHNICAL CHECK

The sale of a used vehicle requires that a technical inspection report of less than six months be submitted to the buyer.

As a seller, it is in your best interest to present it to any potential buyer to certify the general good condition of the vehicle offered for sale.

For the sake of clarity, the technical inspection concerns only the proper functioning of safety and pollution control devices.

SET THE PRICE OF THE VEHICLE ACCORDING TO THE MARKET PRICE

Any vehicle sold at its price will find buyers in the used market.

On the other hand, if the second vehicle is offered at a non-market price, the sale of the vehicle is likely to take time.

It is quite easy to set the price of a used vehicle.

Other odds are numerous.

And the analysis of comparable car ads (year and mileage) makes it possible to adjust the price offered.

Do not hesitate to make an assessment of the vehicle at several vehicle exchange points and print out the proposed exchange assessments.

EDIT A VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT

The Interior Ministry’s Histovec site reproduces in detail the administrative history of the vehicles (consecutive number of owners, technical inspection, theft, accidents, technical characteristics).

Only the vehicle owner is authorized to request a historical report from Histovec.

COLLECT ALL INVOICES REGARDING THE VEHICLE

It is strongly advised to present to a potential buyer a complete file of the used vehicle that has been used in vain (maintenance invoices, repair invoices, technical inspection reports).

A properly maintained used vehicle is likely to reassure a potential buyer by limiting the risk of future breakdowns.

WRITING AN ADS PLAYING THE CONDITION OF THE VEHICLE

Seriously describe the vehicle and the important points in its history.

Highlight vehicle assets (first hand, actual mileage, low mileage, maintenance follow-up recommended by the manufacturer, etc.).

Indicate the important equipment found on the vehicle (navigation, etc.).

Indicate on older vehicles the most recently performed maintenance operations (new tires, timing belt replaced, etc.).

Do not hide any weaknesses in the vehicle (high mileage, driving school vehicle or rental car, etc.).

POST AN ADVERTISEMENT ON SEVERAL SPECIALIZED WEBSITES

Listings are free on sites for most used vehicles.

Post your ad on multiple used websites.

STAY AT THE PRICE

A correctly determined selling price according to the market price does not have to be adjusted during a negotiation.

Instead, show the potential buyer that the price set is correct in relation to the reality of the used vehicle market.

DEMAND PAYMENT BY BANK CHECK

A check can be drawn on an NSF account, requiring payment by bank check.

Faced with the diversity of fraud, it can be very relevant to receive payment by bank check in front of your bank branch and to have the bank check given at the counter in the bank branch checked before the sale of the vehicle is completed.

STAY AWAY FROM POSSIBLE FIELD

There are more and more scams on the internet when selling a used car.

Does not respond to requests from atypical potential buyers (buyers who are in a hurry, buyers living outside France who are represented, buyers who pay in cash, buyers who arrive without a bank check, etc.).

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