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Selling my car - Online valuations - advice appreciated

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by markjay, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. markjay

    markjay Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Been thinking of selling my car. So I obtained some online valuations.

    Car is: C180K, 4dr, 2006, 58k miles, Obsidian Black, Automatic, two owners from new, full service history (part-franchised part-specialist), 3 months MOT, COMMAND, non-leather seats. Not import, never been in a crash, no outstanding finance, etc etc.

    Results below:

    evanshalshaw.com - £1,911
    wewantanycar.com - £2,238
    webuycarstoday.co.uk - £2,312
    webuyanycar.com - £2,575
    trustedcarbuyers.com - £2,670
    sellyourjamjar.co.uk - valuation not received

    Any further suggestions?

    Thank you.
     
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    Very wide range on Autotrader between £2.5-4.9k

    How do you intend to sell it and how quickly and hassle-free do you want the sale to be?
     
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    markjay

    markjay Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I usually trade-in, but on this occasion I am not buying another car just yet, so I thought I'd just sell it to the likes of webuyanycar.com, seems quick enough and reasonably hassle free.
     
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    JattAmg Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi
    Could you clear your inbox please.
    Cheers
     
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    Never used these on-line buyers but I've heard WBAC seldom pay what they quote.
    On inspection, they knock off for every scratch and defect etc, so you might get much less than quoted.

    Why not advertise it here?
     
  7. John Jones Jr

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    Seeing that it's a low mileage and only a two owner car in perfect condition it has to be worth a shot on Auto Trader etc for a week or two. You could just as easily get a no hassle sale there and an extra grand in the pocket too.
     
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    markjay

    markjay Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    This one reason why I prefer webuyanycar.com in spite of them not making the highest offer - they have a location very close to me so I am thinking if they give me hassle I just go away, no harm done.
     
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    markjay

    markjay Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Possibly, but I just don't have the time to accommodate potential buyers who want to see the car etc. And this is honest buyers... not to mention time wasters etc.
     
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    markjay Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Cleared. But it's a lowly C180K.... not an AMG :D
     
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    As previously mentioned , they will knock £££££ off for any marks plus there is an "admin" fee to consider IIRC.

    For a laugh i got a quote for my CLS around a month after buying it from the main dealer and WBAC were initially offering me around what i had just paid for it , do i think i would have got their offer - not a chance , it was only to get me through the door.

    But as you say , why not give it a try.

    Kenny
     
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    I suspect all the online offers are subject to condition and the offer on inspection would be less.
    I would try WBAC and see what they say as you have no obligation to sell and with the other higher quotes you may have haggle ammunition.
     
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    Keep us posted, interesting exercise
     
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    WBAC quoted me a figure over the phone but when I took it there and waited the 40 minutes they did indeed knock off £1500 in total for all the tiny knocks and dents. I thanked them very much and advertised the car through auto trader - sold it a week later for 100 quid short of the asking price. I'm still getting emails from WBAC about the car 18 months later.


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    I sold a car to WBAC without any problems. You do have to fill out the online form accurately in respect of dings/marks because they WILL go over the exterior of the car very carefully. I think a lot of the problem is that people either aren't aware of small car park marks etc. or just don't notice them any more.

    With my car they came back after the inspection and reported a crack in the plastic rear bumper. I pointed out that I'd declared it on the form, they checked and agreed, and I got the full online valuation amount (which was more than I was being offered as a main dealer part-ex ... this was a 1 owner 5 year old car, low mileage, full dealer service history).

    I'm sure I could have got a bit more if sold privately but the time and hassle weren't worth it for me.
     
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    Well it makes sense to use WBAC but that quote will be nearer £2000,when they have finished picking holes in it,but as you say you do not want the hassle or have the time to sell it privately,the short MOT will drop the price,as you car will go to auction,but I am sure it is clean and tidy so a drop of £300 will see it sold.
     
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    These car buying services really take the biscuit, they tell you it's easier than selling privately but let's look at the experiences:

    Private sale - agree an approximate price over the phone then they arrive and start picking holes in the car and bid lower.

    Car buying sites - agree an approximate price on t'internet then you schlep down to them (!) they start picking holes in the car and then bid lower.

    The differences being that their offer will be a lot lower than a private sale and they're getting you to go to them!
     
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    Thanks.

    This is one of the reasons I prefer to try webuyanycar.com first - their nearest location is less than a mile away from me.

    The car has done genuine 59k miles, FSH ('including the additional items' - fuel filter, spark plugs, ATF, etc etc...), and I owned it for the past 9 years.

    It also has 4 brand new Dunlop BluResponse tyres - perhaps not hugely expensive in itself, but it does point to a very well-looked-after car.

    And It's black and automatic which is desirable combination (I know, it would have been better if it also had leather and Sports/AMG trim with 17" alloys, but alas...). Plus it has COMMAD NTG2.5, which sells for ~£600 on eBay on its own.

    So they really have no reason to knock the price off even if they do use a magnifying glass to find some minor blemishes with the 10 years old original Obsidian Black paintwork.

    So I'll give them a chance to honour their online quote - the car is definitely above average and if they know what they are doing they should be able to work out quite quickly that the automated online valuation is actually lower than what it should be for a car in this condition.

    I might end-up wasting an hour or so, but there's only one way to find out if they are any good... watch this space.

    PS - I just removed the personalised plates from the car and put back on the original 06 plates, so I am currently waiting for the new V5C to come in the post and can't physically proceed with the sale until it arrives (probably at some point next week).
     
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    Well if you want to sell to WBAC or a private punter you've still got to give up some of your time. And as you're selling a car that will appeal to the more mature type there's a fairly good chance it will be purchased by the first to view. Regardless, good luck.
     
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