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Best and easiest to Sell a Car ?

Hi all!

I am leaving switzerland and need to sell my car...the easiest way,the better for me...so I guess selling it to an agency should be OK, but do you have any insight on how they work?

Do the pay for the car in advance (of its sell)?
How do they pay in terms of discount in relation of selling it directly to a final buyer?

Any information or advice will be welcomed!

Thanks a lot
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Hi all!

I am leaving switzerland and need to sell my car...the easiest way,the better for me...so I guess selling it to an agency should be OK, but do you have any insight on how they work?

Do the pay for the car in advance (of its sell)?
How do they pay in terms of discount in relation of selling it directly to a final buyer?

Any information or advice will be welcomed!

Thanks a lot
OK, here's my advice.

Go on autoscout.ch and search you car same year same spec similar mileage and find what price they go for. Let's say you find the cheapest car there with same year, condition, mileage and price is 20k CHF.

Go to a dealer that buys cars and ask how much cash would he offer to buy it. My estimate, he will offer you 13-14k cash.

Make some good photos, describe the condition of the car, put it through a new MFK if needed and put it for sale here on this forum for 17K. I am pretty sure somebody will buy it for 16-17k, you get more than the dealer and he gets the cheapest similar car in Switzerland.
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Re: Best and easiest to Sell a Car ?

I would also put in the advert that you are leaving the country and that the price is negociable (so you have added maybe 500 or so on the price which you can go down on, but the buyer doesn't know this).

When I left Ireland some years ago, my better half had a Fiat Punto 1.2 to sell and there were plenty about at pretty low prices.

I got the car washed, vacuumed and polished up (cost me something like EUR 20 in total), took some killer photos (nice bright day) of both the exterior and interior not cutting any part of the car as it may look like you're trying to hide something. Put it in the local car sale web site at the higher price scale, but only because I added EUR 200 to the price above a similar so I had something to go down on with loosing money.

4 hours later the phone rang and 6 hours later after the initial advert was posted the car was sold with only a EUR 50 down on the original set price. It was even the buyer who offered me EUR 1'550 instead of the EUR 1'600 we were asking (the car was 11 years old at the time, with 99'000 miles on the clock and all the paper work you could think of).

My GF asked him why he picked her Punto and he answered it was the best presented of them all, so there were no surprises when he arrived and all was just as described.

So, my advice is to put a little effort into fixing the car up (doesn't have to cost much) and pricing the car as idefix recommends and you will be fine... Try and think as you were going to buy the car and be critical

Best of luck...
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Re: Best and easiest to Sell a Car ?

Thanks a lot to all!!

I will follow your advice...

Best regards
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