When it’s time to sell your car for a new one, it’s better to sell it privately to settle with a higher price for the used car. There are certain car yards in Australia or Australian websites online that helps you achieve more revenue in selling your used car with them. Below is a list we prepared for you to help you make the best decision when selling your used car:
1. Do the Research
There are a couple of websites online such as Motoring.com.au and CarSales.com.au that can help you asses and search for cars that are relatively close to what you want sell and buy. This will give you an idea of the best price there could be for the car that you want to sell and you don’t have to guess the price of the next new car you want to have.
2. Prepare your Car
You always have to consider what your prospective buyers would think once they’ve seen your car. You want them to be impressed, don’t you? So, make an effort to prepare your car with the best way you can without hurting much of your budget. Before your let your prospect buyers see the car that you’re trying to sell, make sure that it looks clean and presentable in and out. Also, you have to make sure that everything is working fine, from the windshield up to the engine and the service history should be up-to-date. Although this may sound an additional expense, you will be amazed of the investment you’ve made with your car.
3. Take Photos and Use Credible Descriptions
To be able to sell you used car faster, you may want to upload some photos of it with great angles of your car in some websites and to your social media accounts. Photos are very essential and may attract a lot of potential buyers who only have the time to search cars online. Consider the background as well when taking photos, as this will add to the attractiveness of the car. Create a description of your car with accuracy and honesty. Buyers hate it when sellers lie, even the slightest lie, so make sure your describing your car properly. Take note of the key features of your car even if it sound standard because your buyers might not know it at all. When selling it online, target those who you think are interested as well in buying a car or those who are within your area for easier transaction. Don’t forget to update your ad from time to time for it to re-appear on top of the listings.
4. Dealing with Enquiries and Avoid Scams
When answering enquiries, may it be through calls or emails, always keep in mind to be polite. Even if the buyer may sound dismissive, maintain the moderation of your voice or your response. Make sure that you have complete details and information of your car on hand to make it easier for you to answer back your buyer’s enquiries in no time. Be patient enough to answer enquiries but make sure you sound like you really know what you’re talking about. Encourage them to take a look at your car and not rely only with the description you’re providing them. Beware for possible scams that luring around online and pretend they’re interested in buying your car, and describe your car as well to the extent that it doesn’t sound like a scam. Assure your audience that your ad is not a scam and the scammers are not welcome to have a transaction with you.
5. The viewing
Even if you are dealing with a prospective buyer, you can keep your humor up but always keep in mind that they are still total strangers to you. You MUST ALWAYS be aware and watchful at all times during the viewing. Never let anyone in to your house or near where the important documents are in your office. Never let someone have the keys as well and make sure to remove all key codes from any owner’s manual or any necessary documents to avoid key duplication. Leave nothing valuable in the car such as registration papers. It’s better to be watchful at all times that to be sorry but keep in mind also that you need to build rapport to you prospect buyers so you may start the conversation that is out of the car topic.
6. The Negotiation and Transaction
Have an idea in your mind what your absolute realistic base price is going to be. If a buyer is making a low offer, but is prepared to pay cash and drive the car away today, then that is worth considering. But, if the buyer wants to make the same low offer and then wait to sell his car, arrange a loan, and mention other reasons, then that’s not the same offer – or at worst not an actual offer at all so be mindful of the actual negotiation that’s happening.
When you already chose your ideal buyer and a deal is made, make sure that all necessary documents the buyer needs are complete and all up-to-date. It is the responsibility of the seller that everything is all set, from the car up to the important documents such as the transfer of registration, ownership documentation, handbooks, spare keys, etc. Be mindful as well of the payment method that you agreed on especially with the validity of the cheque if the buyer asks to pay via cheque. Direct transfer is our preferred method, with the car being handed over only when the funds are physically in your account.
Selling your car privately can be easy as long as you’re mindful of the tips mentioned above. Don’t rush in making any decision and don’t hesitate to seek advises from those who you think are knowledgeable in this area or seek from experts.
And speaking of experts, Fox Car Loans has experts who can help you walk-through of the entire process of selling your car. You can call us now on 1300 665 906 and we’ll give you the best solution we know.
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The all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar has been revealed, filling the space between the smaller Evoque and larger Sport in the British marque’s line-up, and will land in Australia later this year, in the Summer. Pitched as the “avant garde Range Rover“, the Velar is claimed to offer new levels of refinement and technology for the brand, and is set to go on sale in Europe later this year.
When the Velar goes on sale in Australia, pricing will range from $70,300 to $135,400 before on-road costs. A special ‘First Edition’ variant will also be offered at launch, priced from $167,600 – again before on-road costs are applied.
Although full Australian details are still to be revealed, headline features in the Velar include the debut of the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens, along with Matrix Laser-LED headlights, Jaguar and Aston Martin-esque flush deployable door handles, and a minimalistic design approach.
Do you know what it’s like to be the most popular person in the room? What about the most attractive? No, I don’t either, I was just wondering if anyone had felt the way Mazda must feel in Australia at the moment. Everything the Japanese brand has touched of late has turned to gold and one blinding example of that is the 2016 Mazda 3 Maxx.
Positioned as the second most affordable 3 in the range, the Maxx actually pushes our pick of the 3 range – the SP25, based on our launch review – all the way when you sit down and weigh up driving engagement, pricing and specification. In fact, if you’re shopping on a tight budget, and you don’t absolutely need the 2.5-litre engine, the Maxx is without doubt the model we’d recommend. Yes, it is that good.
Standard safety kit was part of the recent revision to standard specification across the range, and as such, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and smart city brake support are included. The amount of standard kit you get at this price point is genuinely impressive. Luxury Euro vehicles with stratospheric price points don’t get some of the gear that the 3 Maxx gets standard.
The Maxx is powered by a 2.0-litre, four cylinder petrol engine, which generates 114kW at 6000rpm and 200Nm at 4000rpm and, as tested, features the aforementioned six-speed automatic gearbox. The engine is pretty high tech too, with stop/start and direct injection, all part of Mazda’s SkyActiv-G technology under the bonnet. All petrol Mazda 3 models will drink regular unleaded, although we tend to run 95RON as a matter of course. The ADR fuel consumption claim is 5.8L/100km with the automatic transmission.
External styling is a Mazda 3 strong point and the Maxx is an attractive small hatch. It is part of the reason the 3 is so popular in Australia – we definitely buy vehicles on style in this country. Mazda’s Kodo design language delivers a fluidity in the proportions from front to rear. The signature swooping design cues might eat into second row headroom a little compared to the outgoing model, but there is still room for two adults in the second row. One exterior highlight is the stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, with sensible sidewall tires that add to the driving comfort around town – more on that in a minute.
Controlling the system is beautifully simple via the rotary dial that is mounted within easy reach and is incredibly easy to understand even for first timers. Cleverly, the touchscreen function is deactivated when the Maxx is in motion. The satellite navigation software is quick to load and accurate when directing you to a destination. The audio system works well too, with Bluetooth phone connectivity always crystal clear and never dropping out. You also get DAB+ radio and internet radio integration. The screen displays all you need to work through in an easy to understand fashion.
The driving position, visibility and comfort are all perfect. There’s plenty of seat adjustment for tall occupants even in the passenger seat, but keep in mind, tall adults up front will eat into leg space for passengers in the second row. If the Maxx is a family runaround though, there’s more than enough space to truck the brood around.
The second row seats are actually nicely sculpted and comfortable for adults even on longer trips. You tend to sit down into them rather than up on top of them, and the material is both hardy but comfortable. Your passengers will appreciate the second row accommodation, that’s for sure.
The small console bin and small glove box don’t offer up much space for workers using the Mazda 3 as a mobile office, but there’s safe storage for a wallet and phone ahead of the shifter and the cup holders/bottle holders are well positioned too. The hatch section is low enough to make loading and unloading gear easy and again, there’s enough usable space to haul the kind of gear that most Mazda 3 owners will need to carry.
On the move, the 2.0-litre engine presents – at city speeds at least – as a quiet and refined power plant. It’s only when you lean on the throttle a little heavily, or coax the Maxx willingly up to highway speeds (or roll on overtake from say 60km/h), that it starts to feel like you’d be better off with the 2.5-litre engine. Under all other conditions, the 2.0-litre is more than up to the task. The real world fuel usage reflects the fact that the engine has to work harder than its bigger sibling, returning an indicated 10.3L/100km.
The gearbox is crisp regardless of how hard you’re working the engine, and paired with sharp steering, it makes the Mazda 3 Maxx feel like a nimble little hatch. You find yourself darting around town, like you’re piloting a go-kart, such is the all-round balance and feedback. We loved the way the Maxx rode over poor surfaces, thanks in part to sensible 16-inch wheels and tall tires, but also to an inherently capable suspension tune. While it can turn in sharply and stay balanced through corners, it can also ride comfortably when the going gets nasty – it’s a solid compromise.
As we stated at the outset, the Mazda 3 Maxx really does give the SP25 a red hot run for its money as the overall pick of the 3 range. It’s only piped by the more effective engine and extra inclusions for those buyers not on a tight budget. In Maxx specification though, we reckon the Mazda 3 earns a solid eight overall, such is its all-round ability. It’s not hard to work out why the Mazda 3 is so damn popular with Australian buyers.