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scamper

Ebay selling advice

As above.  Its the Cumquat, so some serious dosh involved.

Is it better than Autotrader these days?
gonnabuildabuggy

Re: Ebay selling advice

scamper wrote:
As above. Its the Cumquat, so some serious dosh involved.

Is it better than Autotrader these days?


More idiots on it, I'm sure, but more viewers too. Stick to proper Ebay classified and you should be protected a bit from the numptees.

Only think I'm not sure is payment, you need to have Paypal as an option I think but you don't want to be paid via it (expensive and all in favour of buyer in event of dispute).

Personally I'd go with AT as a first port of call, though generally I've sold stuff mainly via PH but that's not very "Qumquat" I'd say.
gonnabuildabuggy

For a car like that I'd also be tempted to stick a big ad in the rear windows and drive it around.
Humphrey The Pug

I wouldn't go PayPal, the money can be recalled far to easily, cash on collection or bank transfer.

From what I can gather with reading various forums, selling privately seems to be a massive ballache nowadays.
Frank Bullitt

I've sold cars via eBay before as classified ads and you can specify your payment method - PayPal, cash, transfer etc. For what it's worth, you do get the 'you want 5k so will you take 2k cash' fuckwits, but it's much better than autotrader.
gooner

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I wouldn't go PayPal, the money can be recalled far to easily, cash on collection or bank transfer.

From what I can gather with reading various forums, selling privately seems to be a massive ballache nowadays.


This is why We Buy Any Car can afford to annoy us with their jingle during every sodding ad break on TV and Radio  
Racing Teatray

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I wouldn't go PayPal, the money can be recalled far to easily, cash on collection or bank transfer.

From what I can gather with reading various forums, selling privately seems to be a massive ballache nowadays.


Not been my experience. If you price it right in the first place, know your stuff and present it well, I find cars sell pretty quickly and without too much bother. A degree of patience and savvy is needed to spot and dismiss timewasters, but I've never found it anything even slightly approximating to a ballache so far.

Even with my wife's old smart fortwo which didn't have a single undamaged panel apart from possibly the roof (it had been keyed and all four corners had been scraped), it sold inside a week (via Autotrader) to the second viewer with no haggling because I had already priced the damage in, making it the cheapest one for the year and mileage around. And despite that, we still got 1,200 more for it than the best trade-in offer.

I've sold four cars via eBay (three as adverts and one as an auction). Worked perfectly well in each case, and I took cash payment for each. This used to involve going to the bank with the buyer, waiting for the cash to be paid in and accepted as bona fide, then handing over the keys and documents. Nowadays, it can all be done in a matter of minutes via on-line banking (which is what we did with the smart). And you can do the on-line system even with quite pricey cars if the buyer has the necessary transfer allowances - I was paid for the Z1 and the 330d (both 20k+ transfers) that way.

I usually put cars on Autotrader and Pistonheads, and only resort to eBay if they prove hard to shift (eg the GTA).
gonnabuildabuggy

^^

This. Never hard to resort to Ebay though (most stuff I've had leant itself to PH or Car and Classic), though my Dad has, hence I'm aware of the Paypal issue (he sold his Outback unseen to a guy from London who paid via Paypal initially before they cancelled and paid via transfer to avoid the fees).

Bank transfers make it a doddle nowadays, though I've got a note checking pen for smaller cash transactions.
TreVoR

Ebay and Paypal are separate companies these days and you don't have to offer it.

I sold the E500 with an eBay classified ad - had far more interest from that than I did from Pistonheads.  There were several idiots too, but that is true of all private sales.

It took a month but I stood my ground and got a fair price from a Bulgarian from London who drove over 5 hours to come and get it!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1519444...:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1562.l2649
Bryan M

When I handed over the envelope of cash for the Lotus the guy didn't even bother to open it, let alone count it......must look trustworthy but could have stuffed it with newspaper!
PG

I've used Autotrader or PH. eBay classifieds should be OK. But as said above, avoid Paypal. Big fees, too much callback.

Racing's also spot on. If you want a quick sale, make sure you price it carefully.
Big Blue

Yes, pricing is important. When I sold my late father's car I checked pricing across AT adverts and pitched it for what it was: ultra low mileage one owner but dull spec.

First bloke to turn up paid asking price with online transfer and drove it home after a call to his insurer.
scamper

Interesting. Bought and sold enough cheap bike parts to avoid PayPal for a 6k car! Basically PayPal always side with the buyer for an easy life, unless it's cut and dried.
Grampa

I've also found eBay classifieds generate a lot more interest than AT when selling a car.  But whatever you chose, the key is a good ad - plenty of photos taken with the car immaculately clean and in lighting that shows off shiny paint to the best advantage - when you're clicking through loads of ads (as a buyer of a Qashqai no doubt would be) it's the ones that immediately appear to be in the best condition that make you stop for a second look.

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