Tips for Selling a Used Car | Resale

It sells about six million used cars a year in France.

Selling a used car takes time and requires careful organization to make a successful used car transaction.

Following a few essential steps allows you to quickly find a buyer and regularize your sale.

BRIGHTEN THE VEHICLE

To arouse the interest of customers, the second-hand vehicle must be perfectly clean during the sale.

The cleanliness of the exterior, interior, hood and trunk should reflect the care with which the vehicle is maintained.

PERFORM THE RECOMMENDED ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF THE VEHICLE

It is better to replace worn tires in a vehicle offered for sale than to offer a vehicle with worn tires.

It is also advisable to keep up to date with the maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.

PERFORM A TECHNICAL VERIFICATION

The sale of a used vehicle requires the submission of a technical inspection report of less than six months to the purchaser.

As a seller, it is in your best interest to present it to any potential buyer in order to certify the good general condition of the vehicle offered for sale.

For the record, the technical inspection only refers to the proper functioning of the safety and pollution control devices.

SET THE VEHICLE PRICE ACCORDING TO THE MARKET PRICE

Any vehicle sold at its price will find buyers in the second hand market.

On the other hand, if the second vehicle is offered at an off-market price, the sale of the vehicle is likely to take time.

It is quite easy to set the price of a used vehicle.

The odds of second hand are numerous.

And the analysis of comparable car ads (year and mileage) allows you to adjust the price offered.

Feel free to evaluate the vehicle at various vehicle exchange rates and print the proposed change budgets.

EDIT A VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT

The Interior Ministry’s Histovec site traces in detail the administrative history of the vehicles (number of successive owners, technical inspection, theft, accidents, technical characteristics).

Only the owner of the vehicle is authorized to request a historical report from Histovec.

COLLECT ALL BILLS RELATED TO THE VEHICLE

It is highly recommended to present to a potential buyer a complete listing of the used vehicle in vain (maintenance invoices, repair invoices, technical inspection reports).

A properly maintained second-hand vehicle is likely to reassure a potential buyer by limiting the risk of future breakdowns.

WRITING AN ADVERTISEMENT THAT REFLECTS THE STATUS OF THE VEHICLE

He seriously describes the vehicle and the important points in its history.

Highlight vehicle assets (first hand, actual mileage, low mileage, maintenance monitoring recommended by the manufacturer, etc.).

List the important equipment in the vehicle (navigation, etc.).

Specify on older vehicles the latest maintenance operations performed (new tires, timing belt replaced, etc.).

Do not hide any weaknesses in the vehicle (high mileage, driving school vehicle or rental vehicle, etc.).

PUBLISH AN ADVERTISEMENT ON SEVERAL SPECIALIZED WEBSITES

Listings are free at most used vehicle sites.

Post your ad on various used vehicle sites.

KEEP FIRM IN PRICE

A properly priced market price should not be adjusted during a negotiation.

Instead, show the potential buyer that the set price is right in relation to the reality of the used car market.

REQUIRE PAYMENT BY BANK CHECK

A check can be drawn into an NSF account, it requires payment by bank check.

In the face of the proliferation of scams, it can be very important to receive payment by bank check in front of your bank office and have the bank check delivered to the bank office counter checked before the sale of the vehicle is completed.

AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SCAMS

There are more and more scams on the Internet when a used car is sold.

Do not respond to requests from atypical potential buyers (buyers in a hurry, buyers resident outside France represented, buyers paying in cash, buyers arriving without a bank check, etc.).

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