If there is one thing about the buying and selling of automobiles that will always be true, it is the fact that most people buy used. In fact, it is safe to say that a vast majority of folk buy used, because most people aren’t wealthy. Used cars are cheaper than brand new vehicles, and often if they are still relatively recent models, they are just as good.
This is no less true for the not-so-humble Ute. It is no wonder, then, that selling a used Ute is no struggle. Thanks in a large part to the internet being there to get word out more effectively than any print media ever could in this hay-day.
Those were the dark days when used car dealerships had all the power and leverage. Consumer knowledge was a fraction of what it is now, thanks again to the internet. And your average used car salesman would take advantage of that. This blog post aims to compile some of that information in a small and concise list on tips on how to best sell your Ute:
Research the Value of your Ute
This is the first step in successfully selling your Ute. You need to find out how much it is worth. However, it isn’t as easy as just looking it up on your preferred search engine. You would also be well advised to be wary of a price that is being quoted by a dealership. The reason being that they will want to pay you as little as they possibly can. That way they can make more money when they sell it.
You will need to go to a site online such as Redbook. Don’t go to just one website, however. It is important that you do some cross-referencing in order to get to the most accurate number. There are online tools where you fill out questionnaires that ask questions such as the age of your car, its make and model, mileage, and the condition that it is in.
The final price you place on your car should be slightly higher than it really is so that you can make room for negotiating with prospective buyers.
Prepare your Ute for Sale
This preparation process will involve both the vehicle and the paperwork. The paperwork you will need handy includes the ownership papers. That much is obvious. Don’t forget the owner’s manual. Another set of paperwork that many people forget is the maintenance records. You are showing the buyers that your car is well maintained. It can actually make your Ute more valuable.
If you sell your Ute via private sale, then it is important to have a bill of sale. Add to that the warranty documents and then you can begin the next part of preparation: Cleaning the vehicle.
The car will need to be washed. Get all your car washing materials and wash it vigorously. It will need to be so clean that you can eat off of it. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to wax. And the interior will need to be cleaned out, vacuumed, and aired out. If you need to buy any seat covers or mats, do so.
Take Some Great Photos of your Ute
Once you have made your Ute presentable, you will need to take photos of it for advertising purposes. This can be done with a mid-priced camera, but not with a smart-phone. Be sure to go online and look at how good car photography is done.
The car needs to be in natural lighting. Have no messy debris lying around, and do it in a nice area. Be sure that there isn’t too much glare reflecting off the surface. Too many reflections can make it look a mess.
Take your car’s photo from dynamic angles. Kneel down and take a photo from a corner angle. Be sure to take a photo from every angle you can think of. Once you are finished, simply choose the best pictures and use them. Don’t neglect the engine and wheels, as they are important.
Selling Options: Private Sale
If you are selling privately you are making sure that you get all the money at the end of the day. No-one will be taking a piece. Of course, you will also be spending more time and effort, and if you need to sell the vehicle as quickly as possible it may not be your best option. But if you do have the time and don’t mind putting in effort, this is your best bet.
You will need to place ads. There are plenty of websites that you can place ads on. Gumtree is one, along with eBay and Craigslist. Be boastful of how great your Ute is in the description and use your photos to incentivise possible buyers. If you have proof of the maintenance history, include this fact.
When you get people contacting you and coming over to look at your car, this is where your negotiating skills will come into play. Some people lack skills in this area, and if you are one of these folk then you may want to enlist the help of a friend who does have those skills. Prospective buyers will want to drive the price down. If you have priced your car higher than it is worth but not too much, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Selling to a Dealer
Do you need to sell that Ute fast? Than selling to a car dealership may be right up your alley. Of course, you will be sacrificing some of your cars’ value. This is due to the car dealer wanting to make money out of their investment. Which makes perfect sense.
Selling to an Auto Wrecking Company
Another fast way to sell a car of any sort is to sell to your local Ute Wreckers in Perth by calling @ 08 9452 8859. All you need to do in this situation is call them up and tell them the age, make, model, and condition that the vehicle is in. They will use these details to give you a price quote, and if you accept it they will come over, pay you on the spot and take the vehicle off your property using their own removal equipment. You can also visit us at 21 Mona Ave, Beckenham WA.