Something we would all like to know…how can I get more money when I sell my car?
Should you do those niggling little jobs, should you get the service done that is due?
The obvious answer would be yes, but this may not necessarily be true in some circumstances.
Should I get my car serviced before I sell it?
Cars will always sell for a higher price if the service history is complete, if you have full main dealer service history than your car should be worth a little but more than a car with independent service history. This is especially true if you own one of the more prestige brands such as Audi, BMW & Mercedes and a given if you are fortunate enough to own a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari or one other the true luxury car Marques.
A car without any service history or very little history is worth substantially less than a car with full service history.
But the question was, should I get my car serviced before I sell it? It truly depends on who you are selling it to. If you are trying to sell your car privately then it is probably worth the additional expense if it means you can advertise your car for sale with full service history. But when you consider a service can cost anywhere between £50 and £250 plus, depending on the make, model, type of service and whether or not you are using a main dealer to service the car. You will need to consider whether or not this means you can ask £200 more for the car or will it save you from reducing the offer by that amount when the seller sees a service is due.
If truth be told, it will probably mean you will get nearer to your asking price than you would if the service was overdue. It will also help make achieving a sale easier, making your car more desirable than others with less service history, considering everything it is money worth spending to help you get the maximum price for your car when selling privately.
Where I would argue it may not be a good investment is if you are selling to a dealer or a cash for car company. If your car has full service history and is due one before you sell it or within a couple of weeks of the sale and you are selling to a dealer then you should use this as a negotiating tool, i.e. you will service the car if they agree to increase their offer. In many instance these companies have their own service departments and a service will cost them much less then it would cost you. They may turn to you and say they can offer you £50 or £100 less for your car as it is due a service, it makes sense to accept this reduced offer if it is going to cost you £150 to service your car.
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Posted by Ashley Moon
With another year of doom & gloom forecast for 2012, what have the car manufactures got up their sleeves to attract new car buyers (a declining breed), into their showrooms?
Will we see a year of mediocre cars, limited editions and desperate discounting to encourage as many potential buyers as possible into the showrooms.
The used car market is suffering from reduced supply of nearly new cars. With most people holding onto their cars for longer, the usual supply of two and three year old cars has almost dried up. Fleet sales are doing their best to keep car sales moving forward but until the public have the confidence or the desire to go out and start buying new cars again then we could be in the doldrums for longer than just another year.
Many used car dealers have moved into what they call “price range cars” older cars, perhaps with higher mileage that they can sell for£2,000 – £5,000, keeping their businesses afloat until the market turns. High quality cars in this category are difficult to buy, they have to be certain that the car has been well maintained and serviced regularly. There lies another issue, because money is tight for many people car maintenance and servicing is one area where people are desperately cutting back, sometimes at the expense of safety. This must also be a false economy. Not looking after your car correctly will dramatically shorten it’s life and most definitely reduce it’s value. Meaning you will have to change it sooner than you had planned and you will receive less for it than you would do had it been serviced correctly.
Getting distracted there, but perhaps that gives you a little bit of insight into how lack of brand new car buyers has a knock on effect on the used car markets, so we hope new car launches planned for 2012 really do whet the appetitie of potential purhcasers and help get this economy moving…even if it is just alittle help in the right direction.
Whilst the above list is not exhaustive it does give a clear indication that some major manufacturers are taking the 2012 challenge seriously, investing heavily in new models, not just minor face lifts to try and kick start the ailing industry.
All we can do is sit tight, keep costs down and make the most of any opportunities that may come our way.
Posted by Ashley Moon
Whether you’re selling a Jaguar XF, looking for a buyer for your Jaguar X-Type of simply just wanting a valuation on your Jaguar S-Type than Car Arena is the best place to be.
Our buyers of prestige marques specialise in all models of Jaguars. Many have clients waiting to purchase a Jaguar and are therefore able to offer you the best possible price on your Jaguar.
Selling your Jaguar with Car Arena is quick and easy and can all be done from the convenience of your own home. Our specialist dealers will often travel to you to collect your Jaguar and cleared funds can be in your account before you allow them to leave with your car.
All our dealers sign up to our best practice guidelines and only make genuine offers on cars, offers they are prepared to stand by when they come to collect your car. We may even have a specialist dealer close to you and if you prefer you can take your car to their premises. As long as you are honest in the appraisal of your Jaguar than there’s no reason for the dealers to reduce their offer on arrival.
Using Car Arena is a quick, convenient and secure way to sell your Jaguar, it is possible for deals to be completed within 24 hours of you listing your Jaguar for sale.
Posted by Ashley Moon