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When you need to sell your car fast, it can be frustrating when it’s sitting on your driveway with no sign of moving anywhere. You might have had very little interest in response to your advert, or perhaps have experienced time-wasters who end up dashing your hopes of a quick sale.

In any case, putting in some key strategies can help sell your car much faster than leaving it to chance. After all, the longer your car is sitting unsold, the longer you may have to fork out for running costs. It might even be preventing you from buying a new car, or you may need the cash to pay for other expenses in the home. Either way, by sharpening up your sales technique, you can ensure your car sells quickly.

Get an accurate valuation

Getting a trustworthy valuation is one of the most important parts of selling a car. Without an accurate car valuation that you can trust, you might end up trying to sell your car for less than it’s actually worth! Similarly, if you’re trying to sell it for too high of a price, you’ll never actually sell the car.

If the price you’ve listed it at is too high, the car might sit on your drive forever because no one is going to purchase it at that price. Knowing how much your car is worth should be your number one priority. You can find out how much your car is worth through a number of different ways. The easiest way is to use an online car valuation service like us! Just enter your REG number below to find out how much its worth. You won’t need to offer any personal information (email, phone number, name).

Put in the prep work

Similar to selling a house, you’re going to want to put in some time to make sure that your car gives the best impression to potential buyers. Make sure the cleanliness is on point and that there are no empty crisps packets in the glovebox or stains on the windows. It’s a good idea to give it a thorough clean (washing/waxing/vacuuming the seats etc) before anybody comes to view it. You have to give the impression the car was actually looked after!

To speed things up once you’ve shaken hands, make sure you have the key information such as age and mileage to hand, as well as any documents you’ll need to complete the sale. This generally includes the logbook, service book, MOT certificates and any other relevant documentation. If your car has been recently MOT’d, this can give buyers confidence, so don’t forget to mention this in the description of your ad.

Also, make sure the tyres are in good condition, and that any minor cosmetic repairs have been taken care of. While it doesn’t make sense to spend more than the car is worth repairing your car, if there’s some obvious cosmetic or even mechanical faults then this will likely slow down the sales process, if they are not taken care of in advance.

Make your advert as good as it can be

Once your car is looking at its best, now is the time to take detailed photographs of it so that people can clearly see the condition. Try to capture all angles with the best quality of image you can take (use a DSLR if you own one). If using your phone, be sure to shoot landscape shots that fill the screen properly, when people go to view the photos.

Within your description, clearly state all of the details that people would need to know. If you’re unsure how to write a description to sell your car, check out similar examples and make sure you include all the key details. If you’re willing to negotiate on price, you could also state this in your ad as this may attract a quicker sale.

In essence, people need to be able to clearly read and see the car you are selling, how old it is, what the mileage is, when the MOT was done if it’s currently taxed and how much it’s being sold for. The more you get straight to the point, the less you will have to deal with time wasters or those who skip over your advert because it wasn’t clear enough.

Make price comparison sites work for you

Putting your car’s make, model and even price aside here – it isn’t going to sell with poor or worse still – no advertising at all. It can be a real hassle to upload your car individually to lots of price comparison sites, especially as they only give you one quotation figure. Plus, with places such as eBay or Gumtree, these are not specialist car buying websites, which means not everyone who uses these sites are specifically looking to buy a car.

Jamjar, on the other hand, gives you multiple quotes in seconds, without having to fill out all your details first for a super speedy experience. This means you can get straight to the point when picking a quote that works for you, without having to hang around. If time is of the essence, we’ve got you covered! Plus, if you’re not sure whether to sell or scrap your car, getting an instant response about its value can lead to a much quicker decision.

Since 1997, Jamjar has helped over 1 million customers to sell their car. We bring you all the information you need to know when you enter your reg number, and there are no hidden fees. What’s more, if you’re in a rush, a list of buyers along with individual quotes will automatically be displayed, so you can make the best decision without having to waste time.

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