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The Complete Guide to Hassle Free Car Buying and Selling

Updated on March 25, 2017

Buying a New or Used Car

When you plan to buy a car it is better to take someone with you who knows well about cars. Always try to view the car in broad daylight when every thing is well visible. A car dealership isn't your only option to buy a new or used car. You can approach independent dealers, importers, brokers, auction, online, car supermarkets etc for it. The advantage of using a dealer to buy a car is that you can have a test drive compared to buying it from a broker or online.

January is a time when you can snap up a bargain as it is traditionally considered as a very slow month for car dealers.

The car you are planning to sell will normally be taken as a deposit by car dealers which would spare you from the risk of selling it privately. But in this case you won’t get the full market value for it. If you buy a car at auction you will get more legal protection than buying privately. Huge choice at competitive prices is available at a car super market. But negotiation and pre-sales checks are limited over here.

In an online car buying process every thing is at your finger tip. First you have to visit a manufacturer's website or a specialist online car broker and then choose the car and check the finance options, delivery details etc. Even though every thing is very easy in this case, test drive is not possible. Buying a car privately is a risky process as you will have very little legal protection if anything goes wrong.


Things to Check Before Car Buying

The main part of buying a car as soon as you have selected the car is to check the following details.

  1. Check the year of registration of the car.
  2. Check the odometer reading of the car.
  3. Check the engine and for oil spouting from exhaust.
  4. Check the tyres, bushings, springs and sounds from the bearings.
  5. It is must to check all the documents properly.

The condition and usage details of the car have to be verified before buying it. Test drive the car which is the final step in taking the apt decision. You can also request to take the car to mechanic to have it inspected if it is a used one. More effort has to be taken while buying a used car and so it is a very challenging process.

Selling Used Cars

Used cars always have a good market. In order to get a good price for your used car you must follow a number of important things.

The rate mainly depends on the year, make, model and mileage of the car. You should advertise the car in an online classifieds portals or through as many sale channels as you can in order to attract more potential customers. Make sure you have all maintenance records, manuals, repair receipts and original accessories with the car.

Auto Trader, eBay and are some of the most popular website where you can sell or buy your car very easily. The old fashioned way of advertising by placing a “For sale” board on the window of the car is also an effective method to attract customers. Write down your phone number so that they can contact you.

Things To Be Noted Before Selling

Make sure your car makes a lasting impression by taking the car to a mechanic and having it inspected thoroughly before selling it. You can also consider getting it detailed to make it look more attractive to the potential buyers. This would increase the value of your car. Wash and clean the car to give it an appealing look. Check eBay, newspaper classifieds etc if you don’t know what price you should ask for the car. Paying a visit to the nearest used car dealer would help you get a fair idea about how to price your car. There you can check for similar models on sale. Before selling the car make sure you have cleared your outstanding finances if any.

How to Make Profit From Old Cars

If your car is too old and you don't expect anything by selling it, the best way is to sell it in parts. It is the best method to make money out of your old car. New replacement parts cost so much that people opt to buy used parts instead. So it is a good idea to sell as many working parts as you can to maximize the amount of money you get from the vehicle before taking it to the junkyard.

Selling and then buying a car can be quite daunting. To attain a deal that leaves you 100% happy is very difficult. I am sure that the above points would help you a lot in this difficult process

I am sure that the above details are sure to help in both selling and buying a car. Always try to accompany a person who is an expert about cars while you go on with such deals. Be confident, polite but firm while going on with your deal. Best of luck!


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Denise and Glenn,

      Glad to know that the hub was useful. Thanks for your supportive comments.

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I read your hub because I was following last week's topic of inspiration. I found your hub to be a very worthwhile read for anyone planning to buy or sell their car. You especially made some good points dealing with the preliminary requirements before selling a used car. Such as keeping all the repair bills, user manual, etc. This is very helpful to show the new potental owner that you've been keeping the car in top condition. This definitely adds value as you said, and one can get more money selling the car that way. Great work on your hub, voted up.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I liked your information here, Lensman-rated up and useful.