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16 Mar 2021

Written By Marc

The stresses of selling a car privately

So you’re in the market for a new car? That’s awesome! Buying a new car is ultimately a fun and rewarding experience that, more often than not, results in having an awesome new car or high quality second hand one. 

However, there is a downside to buying a new car: selling your old one. Yes, selling your old car can be a real drag, and choosing how to go about doing it is just the beginning. One thing we always recommend against is selling to a private buyer.

Here is why.

Private buyers are unreliable

You’ve spoken to a potential buyer who seems really interested in purchasing your vehicle. You allow them to come around, take it for a test drive and even have it professionally inspected to ensure you’re not hiding any defaults. They are happy with the results and say they want to buy the car. 

But then they suddenly vanish, flake on the deal, and ghost you like you’d been on a bad date. This is all too often the case with private buyers, as they are susceptible to getting cold feet or finding a different (not necessarily better) option after indicating their interest in your vehicle. If you urgently wanted to sell your car then this can be a real problem. On top of being unreliable, private buyers often want things on their own terms, including inspection times and, occasionally, locations – all things that are easily avoided when choosing other selling methods. 

Many private buyers are pseudo-mechanics

Private buyers often fancy themselves as home mechanics. Maybe they do know a lot about cars, or maybe they’ve just watched the Fast and Furious franchise on repeat too many times. Either way, you don’t want to get stuck dealing with a person who is going to ask you the most obscure questions as a method of ripping you off on the price. People who don’t know too much about cars are especially susceptible to these cheeky buyers, and so we recommend steering clear of this method if you don’t see yourself as an automobile expert. 

We make the process simple

Selling your old car doesn’t have to be problematic. Car Buyers is one of Australia’s premier car buying services, with expert evaluators who work to provide a fair and honest service. What’s more, we work to make the process as convenient for you as possible, coming out to your location at a time and date that works best for you.

After providing your car with a quick 15 minute evaluation, we will provide you with a quote on the vehicle. If you are happy to accept that quote, we will then transfer the money directly into your account. Finally, we take care of all the paperwork and pick up the vehicle at a time and location that is once again most suitable for you.

Forget the downfalls of private selling: it can be a costly and time-consuming nuisance. Car Buyers makes the selling process simple, fair and with a great price as part of the outcome.

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