(Last Modified on: June 11, 2020)
There comes a time in every relationship between the car owner and the car. It is when the car has outworn its welcome and you are suddenly overcome with the desire to sell it. In some circumstances, this is simply because you have decided the car has gotten too old. It may be running just fine, but you know it won’t last forever, so you find someone to buy it and take it off your hands. Or the car is useless and broken, and you can’t hold onto a car that serves no purpose. Either way, that vehicle has to go.
Selling a Car Privately
People usually decide to sell privately when the car can still be driven, or repaired and driven. It may take a lot longer, but it promises to give the owner of said vehicle the most money at the end of the day. Of course, in order to come to a good price to place on your car, you will need to do some research on the vehicle’s worth. Then you need to find where you want to advertise, write up a good advert to attract customers, and field calls from prospective buyers.
When you interact with people interested in buying your automobile, you already know that they are going to negotiate the price. They want to drive it down, and if they can’t, they normally won’t buy your car. So setting the price a little bit higher than you think it is worth might be an idea.
The amount of time it can take to sell a car privately could be in the weeks or months. It all depends on what condition your car is in and how old it is, not to mention how popular its make and model is. If the process isn’t satisfactory to your needs, there are other options which will be discussed further in this article.
What if it’s a Scrap Car?
Sometimes the car in question isn’t in running condition. That doesn’t mean that you can’t sell it privately on its own. It will be harder, but is still your best bet for getting the top price for it. However, if the condition your car is in is so bad, and the model so old or unpopular that the cost of repairs will exceed the car’s value, an entirely different story emerges.
One of not being able to sell the car in question privately anymore. At least, not for any good amount of money. Anyone who does buy it off you will take advantage of the fact that they are the first person to take interest in it in months, and you may not have anyone for many more months look at it. They will use this fact to low ball you on the price to a ridiculous extreme. You will get but a tiny fraction of its value.
In fact, not only will you not be able to sell the car privately for anything resembling a fair price; you won’t be able to trade it in or sell it at auction either. It can legitimately be referred to as a “scrap car” now. This is when a lot of people give up and simply abandon the car or leave it on their lawn. What are the options that don’t include leaving it sitting on your lawn or abandoning it?
Part the Car Out
You can part the car out and sell each component individually. This is a great way to sell a scrap car if you can pass a bunch of pre-requisites. You will need to be able to take a car apart, first of all. That is not something just anyone can do. It is an area of expertise that is restricted to people with a solid set of skills and amount of experience. If you don’t have that, you will need to get it before embarking on a DIY car dismantling adventure.
But that isn’t all you will need. On top of the above pre-requisite, you will also need a full set of tools specific to the job of dismantling a car. If you don’t have these tools, perhaps you can hire them. It will cost less money. Do you have the space to store these tools? Do you have the work space to be doing any of this? You will also need the space to store the parts. You will need a spare weekend as well. It is a very involved process!
Donate Car to Charity
Here is a way to get rid of your car that is fairly redundant if it is a scrap car. Give it to a charitable organisation. It will be fast, but you won’t experience the joy of selling anything. No money will come your way except in the tax credit reduction. If you want to know more about this, you can always get in touch with Melbourne’s city council.
Whether the car is not in scrap condition, the organisation may make additional repairs if needed and either use the car themselves or sell it. If it is a scrap car, they will likely do what is coming in the next section of this blog post.
Sell a Car to Ali Wreckers for Top Cash
This is by and far the best solution for scrap cars if you live in Melbourne, Victoria. Don’t bother with the hassle of selling privately. You can sell it fast and easily by getting in touch with us here at Ali Wreckers. We are the top payers of cash for cars. We buy all makes, all models, in any condition, and will even provide free scrap car removal in Melbourne.
Get a free quote from us by calling 0406 355 786 or by going to our website and filling out the free quote form. We only need to know the make, model, age and condition your car is in. Depending on its condition, we can pay up to $10’000. If it is a larger vehicle such as a van, truck, SUV, 4×4 or Ute than we can pay up to $15’000!
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