Most people will at some point in their lives be in the situation of selling a car. Before you sell it there are a number of things you can do to make sure you get as good a price as possible for your old motor. It is relatively easy these days to find a website or even mobile phone text messaging service to find out the approximate value of the vehicle. This is worth doing if you are selling privately, negotiating with a used car showroom or if you are buying a new car from a manufacturer, knowing how much your car is worth will be a help if its being used as a trade-in
Give your car a good clean using cleaning products that give the car a good shine, and definitely consider spending a little cash on sprays that bring life back to plastic body parts and your tyres. Remove all of your rubbish such as food papers, empty cans of soft drinks and cigarette packets and then give it a good vacuum either at home or at a petrol station. An Oil change does not cost too much and will look good when the buyer looks under the bonnet. When doing the oil change, check the brake fluid, and windscreen washer levels and fill if needed. They are only little things but could make a difference of a few hundred pounds when it comes to bartering, especially on a private sale.
When it comes to wording an advert, don’t try and save money by using abbreviations, a lot of buyers will not know what they mean, but if you have to use them, just stick to the most common one’s such as VGC, A/C, and try not to use phrases that are on every advert, like one careful lady owner. Do put whether
your car has a full service history, its colour, and number of owners, also list the car’s equipment, what features it has and most important its price. Do not forget to include a picture and your contact details.
When the advert is placed in newspapers and magazines or even shop windows, the people interested will soon by phoning you to come and look at the car. It a sad fact but thieves will pose as buyers, so never let the buyer go on a test drive on his/her own and don’t leave the buyer alone with the keys in the ignition. You can ask the prospective buyer for some form of identity and ensure they have adequate insurance cover before you allow them to test drive the car; they won’t have been included in your motor insurance quote so you don’t want to be left with a bill to pay for any damage. If you are paid in cash, it’s always best to get it put into your bank as soon as possible just in case you are paid with fake notes.
The EU has been great in many ways for member countries. A common currency and free movement across borders have been a boon for trade. On the downside, though, are the many stupid regulations that hinder trade. At one stage 26 types of fruit and vegetables, including artichokes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, onions, peas, carrots, plums, and ribbed celery were under shape restrictions, and they also told us that bananas must not bend abnormally. Thankfully they have since relaxed this bizarre ruling but don’t think we are free from more strange rulings as we enter the new generation of zero-emission vehicles. Greener cars will get you a good motor insurance quote and possibly a car that sounds like a spacecraft.
In the not too distant future when more and more of us will have changed our cars over to a greener version, the perceived notion of roads being used by fuel efficient motors that also cut down on noise pollution due to their smaller engines may not be the route we are going down at all. Thanks to a possible new EU ruling not only will you be thinking about the traffic ahead while driving but also what sound you want your car to make as you drive along. Each manufacturer may be allowed to provide its own sounds, with the regulation simply setting a minimum volume to prevent pedestrians, cyclists and especially blind people from stepping into the path of battery-powered cars. Some of the manufacturers are thought to be considering using the same noises used on the spacecraft in Star Wars; the noise will be projected in the direction in which the vehicle is travelling to cut down on unnecessary noise. The manufacturers think that a noise will only be needed when the car is travelling under 20mph as going any faster will create tyre noise which will warn the people who are most at risk.
Professor Paul Jennings at the university where the tests on different sounds are being carried out said: “We will have a week with music and weeks with natural sounds, engine noise and also with science-fiction sounds. “We need to find noises which alert people to the approaching vehicle without causing the annoyance people already feel when they hear the bleeping sounds of reversing trucks .It is possible that pedestrians will learn to look out for silent cars and that the warning sounds could become redundant but, he said, people were far more dependent on detecting noise than they realised when crossing the road. They think they are reacting to the sight of a vehicle but often it is the sound that is triggering their attention and sound also tells you whether the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating.” The tests are ongoing and the end results could prove very interesting.