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Reasons That Your Used Car Isn’t Selling

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Jul 31, 2014 )    |    Transportation

When you are dying to get a new car, it can be frustrating to have to go through the process of selling the old one, but most people need to do this in order to free up some cash. However, with the price of used cars fallingmany people find themselves unable to sell their vehicle at the price they want, or finding it simply takes longer to do so. That’s why it’s essential to ensure you are doing all you can to really sell your car to potential buyers and show off its best features to ensure you are more likely to get an offer. Here are a few reasons why your car might not be selling, and what you can do about it.


English: 2003-2005 Toyota Vios photographed in...

English: 2003-2005 Toyota Vios photographed in Cainta Rizal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’re using the wrong channels


Sometimes the general car listing magazines and websites aren’t always suitable. If you are selling a luxury or specialist vehicle then you might have a better chance of getting sincere buyers in for test drives if you go to forums and sites dedicated to their niche market. While it’s easy to sell your car online it’s essential to ensure that you do your research on where it’s most likely to sell, rather than having to deal with dozens of calls. There are also options such as selling through a broker, and this usually means taking a slightly lower price, but means you don’t have to go through the process of selling it yourself.


It doesn’t look its best


While it might seem like a waste of money to have a full valet, it can be worth it to make your car look its best, and the money spent is just a small percentage of the cost of the vehicle. You could also do little repairs that need to be done such as:


  • Buffing away scratches
  • Removing dents
  • Repairing upholstery and removing stains
  • Deodorising the interior


This gives a much better first impression when it comes to the test drive, and ensures that buyers know what great care you’ve taken of your vehicle.


It’s overpriced


Although you may have taken great care of your car and kept it as your pride and joy, it’s possible that you may have overpriced it out of a sense of sentimentality. It’s important to do your research by looking for similar cars in the area, and if you’re willing to undercut other buyers on the price then you are obviously going to get more interest. There are car valuation calculators online to help give you a rough guide of what you might get, but the condition and the general market in your local area will play a big part in this too.


It’s not always easy to sell a used car in a tough economic climate, but if you follow the steps above you can often generate more interest, and this can make it easier to get the price you want. No matter what kind of car you are trying to sell, there are lots of different ways to get buyers to take a test drive, without having to deal with the tyre kickers and time wasters that can often turn up.