Alex Robbins is Editor-in-Chief of Telegraph cars where, in addition to answering readers’ questions, he also contributes new and used car reviews, as well as articles on buying and selling.
Its knowledge of the used car market feeds its numerous buying guides relating to the best purchases in particular sectors, with a focus on quality-price ratio. Each week, he will answer your questions about buying and selling, as well as solving your automotive problems, whether they are consumer or mechanical.
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What’s the best way to sell my car privately right now? I have 100,000 miles Range Rover Evoque 2012. I don’t like the idea of Auto Trader, Ebay or Facebook and I won’t trade it. Do you think the current rise in used car prices will apply to mine?
I’ll answer your last question first: yes, I have no doubt that the current used price hike will apply to your car. Put simply, every used car is worth more than it was six months ago, and of course premium brands like Range Rover are still in high demand.
I think you could probably ask – and expect to get – at least £ 11,000 for your car, probably more if it’s above the base Pure Tech specification.
Which brings us neatly to your first question: where to advertise it. Unfortunately, if you really want to sell it privately, you immediately counted the most obvious places to put it up for sale, and while I appreciate that you probably don’t like them, I urge you to rethink and give it a try. at least one of these sites – between them they really have the best “traffic” so you have the best chance of putting your car in front of a motivated buyer with money to spend.
Another option would be to try Pistonheads. Full Disclosure: The company that owns this site is a client of mine, but even if it wasn’t I would say this is a good place to advertise a prestige car as it is viewed by enthusiasts and therefore you waste relatively little time.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can always try highway.co.uk or wizzle.co.uk. These two sites advertise your car to dealers and invite them to bid on it, allowing you to select the best deal (or not sell at all).
I haven’t used any of them myself, but I’ve heard great things from friends and readers who have. Listing the car on both is a bit tricky, as you have to take photos and answer questions about it, but once you do that, in theory, you sit down and wait for the deals to come in, which in fact one of the easiest ways to sell your car.
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