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  • Premier Icon Frodo
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    EBay. I think there is only a £20 list fee so if it doesn’t sell our meet the reserve that’s all you pay. There is also a win fee which makes it more expensive than autotrader but your likely to get more for the car. I sold my 58 plate Passat highline recently for £4556 which was about £300 more than I would have thought listing it in autotrader for!

    One thing I would say is be totally honest in the description. It’s an auction so don’t let anybody see the car and unless you add a buy it now price that is met let the auction run to is conclusion.

    I made the mistake agreeing to let a bidder see the car. 4 lads turned up with only £2500 in cash wanting to buy the car there and then. Sent them packing.

    Premier Icon steveh
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    Ebay classifieds. £15 for a month, set a price and choose if you want to accept offers online or not. There are no extra charges on this if it sells just the flat 15 quid. Autotrader is expensive and has much lower traffic than it used to.
    Contrary to the above definitely let people view the car, if you refused to let me look at it I definitely wouldn’t buy it.

    alanf
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    As above ^^^ ebay classifieds is £15 a month and no final value fees or the like.
    Seems to get plenty of traffic.
    I sold a motorbike in less than 24hrs from listing to it being ridden away. Had lots of other interest too.
    Worth a punt for £15.

    Rockape63
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    I’ve sold two cars on EBay with a 99p start and no reserve. Both times I got more than expected. One was an XC90 sold for nearly £8k.

    Need bollocks though!

    Premier Icon totalshell
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    like what you ve done OP, nice thread to ‘advertise’ your car without advertising it.. could have included.. we live in xyz so what would be the best way..

    The Shep household is going to move down to 1 car from 2 as i will be commuting via bike at the end of the month 🙂

    Whats the pro’s and cons of selling privately via eBay motors and Autotrader?

    Am I likely to get more for my car on one and more fee’s on the other?

    We are talking a 08 Plate 207 so not a classic or big money car.

    dooosuk
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    What car is it? Pistonheads have a reasonable classified section that’s free (only minimal photos though) or there’s always Gumtree if you want to try saving a few quid before going Ebay route.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    For a lower price car ebay is great imo- I put my broken Focus up as a non-driver, with a reserve which was the same as the scrap value + the tax rebate + the diesel in the tank, and ended up getting about twice what I expected (and not much less than I thought it was worth as a runner). Really good description, good photos, go.

    Can’t speak for higher value cars as all mine are shit 🙂

    dashed
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    I’ve had a car on autotrader for a while and I have to say I’ve been massively underwhelmed by the response, I just don’t think they have the traffic they used to (as suggested above). Their “viewed you advert” figures are misleading too, the numbers they give you are just when you show up in searches, not when people actually click through to your ad.

    Just listed on eBay so will see if I get more interest there…

    Autotrader is rubbish. Their searches ALWAYS show trade cars first and they are ALWAYS misleading so from a private sellers POV I would not give them my money.

    Ebay is ok but you do get spam emails from Nigerian businessmen asking to buy your car for asking price if you’ll pay for a courior to deliver it! WATCH OUT they can be quite convincing.

    I had one woman actually go through the Buy it now process and upon paying for it, she ‘realised’ it was an older model to the one she thought even though my description and pictures clearly showed what it was!

    To avoid the above problems, advertise locally. Newspapers, Loot etc are worth using sometimes (depending on where you live).

    Premier Icon snownrock
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    I had my last car on eBay and Autotrader for a month without interest, put it on gumtree and it sold in two days. I was pleasantly suprised!

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Northwind wrote:

    For a lower price car ebay is great imo- I put my broken Focus up as a non-driver, with a reserve which was the same as the scrap value + the tax rebate + the diesel in the tank, and ended up getting about twice what I expected (and not much less than I thought it was worth as a runner). Really good description, good photos, go.
    Can’t speak for higher value cars as all mine are shit

    +1 – got about twice what I expected when selling my old banger (though it did run, I left fumes in the tank and sold it without tax as I figured that would make less difference to the purchase price than the tax rebate – expected to sell the tax to the buyer, but they didn’t want it). I carefully detailed what was wrong with it and took photos from all the worst angles as more worried about getting somebody refuse to pay when they turned up than getting the best price.

    Premier Icon Alex
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    Hmm. I looked at eBay to sell our Suzuki Cappuccino but it’s such a rare/specialist car decided to go with auto trader as they had an offer on and I’d seen a couple on there which had sold. Got a few tyre kickers, but ended up selling it for what we wanted to one of the three buyers who were prepared to pay full price. Mistake I made was to take a deposit to hold it for one bloke who turned up with his inspection torch and mat and spent 20 minutes telling me what was wrong with a 19 year old car.

    Like above, made me a stupid offer. Sent him home with his deposit. Sold it to the next in line.

    I didn’t know AT used the ‘search’ to power the stats. Wondered why we had 1400 people looking at the Suzuki!

    Oh and I bought our MX5 from AT and that was a great experience. Could just be down to it being a nice bloke who was selling it of course.

    Rockape63
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    Just so you know the thinking behind the 99p start no reserve, which freaks most sellers out inc my wife…..its like this:

    People likelove a bargain.
    people see 99p no res and think they are going to get one.
    people then try a very silly bid.
    other people outbid very silly bid with silly bid.
    Bids go up to around half final price and stall.
    number of watchers keep going up.
    some watchers are serious buyers and start to focus on this car.
    final bids go up dramatically as they fight each other for the bargain.
    eventually they end up paying the going rate…at least.
    Car is sold in 9 days. 🙂

    Ewan
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    People likelove a bargain.
    people see 99p no res and think they are going to get one.
    people then try a very silly bid.
    other people outbid very silly bid with silly bid.
    Bids go up to around half final price and stall.
    number of watchers keep going up.
    some watchers are serious buyers and start to focus on this car.
    final bids go up dramatically as they fight each other for the bargain.
    eventually they end up paying the going rate…at least.
    Car is sold in 9 days.

    I’ve sold two cars on flea bay with 99p starts – both times the above happened and i got more than I expected.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    FWIW I started mine at the scrap value (they may have changed things, but at the time it cost no more to do that with a car). Don’t think I lost out using that strategy, as that probably still seemed a bargain so resulted in the same thing happening.

    dashed
    Member

    Update – autotrader for 6 weeks and not a single call. eBay for 24hrs at same price with same description and photos, 2 people wanted to view, sold to first one who turned up.

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