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Selling Vintage Cars

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Selling Vintage Cars

When selling your car there are a multitude of trading opportunities available to you. Where you can buy, you can almost certainly sell your vintage car. So it might be better to concentrate on what preparation you’ll need to do before you put your car up for sale, and how best to advertise it.

Firstly, you’ll need to obtain a valuation for your car. The cheapest option is to research and decide on a price yourself. To do this, it’s probably easiest to try to locate and match a few specimens of your make and model of car that are currently up for sale. Remember to take into consideration the condition of the cars, any modifications, restoration work or current problems. Then gauge against your car and average the price.

If you are prepared to part with (or invest, depending on how you look at it!) a little money, you must always try and seek a professional valuation. It’s best to find a specialist in your car’s field, the added benefit being that your car’s worth has been almost ‘certified’ by a professional – and is therefore more likely to go for the asking price. It is generally assumed that the asking price is open to offer, so unless you are loathed to part with you car for not a penny less than advertised, be prepared to have at least a few pounds knocked off the initial amount. For this reason it’s best to start with your highest possible asking price – but too high could put off any potential buyers.

Preparing to Sell, Sell, Sell

To prepare your vintage car, be prepared to clean, clean, clean. Make sure every nook and cranny, wheel spoke, mudguard and headlight is glistening. Likewise, the interior should sparkle almost as much as the exterior. In the lead up and during the advertising of the sale of your car, make sure you change the oil, give it a grease as well as fine tuning your motor each day.

For any printed or online advertisement featuring a photo, if possible make sure that you take at least two or three angles of the car, ideally situated in as picturesque location as can be achieved. It is worth taking a shot of two of the interior and a cursory snap of any ‘problem’ areas, such as rust patches. Whilst you’re not trying to knock down the price of your vintage car, such photographs will reinforce your given description that you might have alluded to in your ad. This in turn gives the potential buyer confidence that you are genuine, and that the car really is as described!

Lastly, it is probably better to try and sell your car during the summer months. Firstly, the warm, dry conditions mean that your car will probably be more adept to achieving an optimum performance should it be taken for a test drive. Secondly, as with buying a house or other large purchases, unless an intended gift, the festive period is notoriously slow for selling cars, and this is usually the time when cars can be laid up over the winter. So choose wisely and you’ll quite literally reap the rewards of your marketing efforts!

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