Top Tips for Selling Your Van
If it’s time to sell on your trusty old van, there are a few things to consider before you put up that ‘For Sale’ sign.
Check out the competition
Obviously, you want to get the best deal possible for your vehicle. Before you do anything, take a look at what other sellers are asking, to get an idea of its worth. Compare your van to similar models on second-hand car sites, newspaper classifieds and dealerships to determine its demand and current market price.
Get the paperwork done
Any potential buyer is going to want to see documents like your registration certificate, service history, MOT certificates and any other relevant records. Buyers may regard an organised seller more favourably, so make sure everything’s on file if they have any questions.
Give your car a makeover
First appearances definitely count when it comes to used vehicles, so book it in for a service and a thorough clean and polish. Any minor dents or scratches should also be touched up before anyone takes a look at it. It might cost a bit upfront, but you’re more likely to get a higher sale price when it looks its absolute best.
Decide how you want to sell
Do you want to go through with a private sale, car dealer or trade-in? There are pros and cons to each option and it’s something to carefully consider. A private sale is more likely to get you a better deal, but it’s also quite time consuming. Car dealers and trade-ins are much easier but you’ll need to lower your expectations (or be prepared to really haggle!).
Create an advertisement
If you decide to go down the private sale path, then you need to make your van stands out from the rest. Design a catchy ad that highlights all the key information straight up – make, model, year, engine size, mileage, price, colour, added extras, and of course, your contact details. Use all your social networks by posting updates on Facebook, Twitter and car sales groups.
Start meeting potential buyers
Try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to calls, test drives and inspections. Always accompany a potential buyer on the test drive, and make sure they have the proper van insurance cover in place. Before you start negotiations, have your absolute lowest price in mind and never go under. Don’t panic and give it all away at once.
Finalise the sale
Once you’ve agreed on a price, make sure you have your payment options sorted so you can conduct an easy and professional transaction. After they’ve driven away, don’t forget to update your van insurance to reflect your new situation.