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How do I sell my car?

A guide from bravoauto to selling your car.

Selling your car

Selling your car can be a stressful experience, but in this guide, we’ll talk through the options available to you when selling your car. 

Sell your car to bravoauto and receive a competitive price and hassle-free process even if you’re not buying a car from us. Value your car today. 

Option 1: Part exchange

If you want to buy another car straight away and need the funds from your old car, then part exchanging with a dealer can be one of the easiest and simplest options. You may get slightly less money than you would if you sold privately but this is because the dealer is taking the hard work and expense of advertising, dealing with enquiries, viewings, and test drives from you.

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Option 2: Sell to a company

There are a range of online services which will offer to buy your car, these take away the hassle of selling your car and you can receive payment for your car very quickly. However, some valuations may be lowered upon inspection and because you pay for the convenience you may end up losing money compared to selling privately. 

bravoauto can provide an instant and competitive online valuation which is valid for up to 10 days. The sale is not linked to purchasing a car from us. 
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Option 3: Sell privately

Selling privately may provide the biggest return on your car however you will have to do all the work with advertising, enquires, viewings, test drives and negotiating. You will need to describe the car correctly and prove you are the legal owner. You will also need to be wary of common scams and fraudulent buyers. There are a range of websites and platforms you can use to help sell your car which will charge varying rates of commission. Arranging a safe way of being paid for the sale can help reduce risk.
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Preparation for sale

You can increase the chances of your car selling for a higher price and quicker with a few simple steps. 

Getting your car to look its best before presenting to a potential buyer with a through wash helps your car look better and suggests that the car has been well cared for. Either give your car a through clean or take it to a local valet who will charge between £10-£50. 

Carry out a few simple checks under the bonnet to make sure the oil, coolant and washer fluid are all topped up. 

Think about having any bodywork damage such as scratches or dents repaired as these will increase the value of your car and may not cost as much as you think. 

Finally, you’ll need all the car’s paperwork such as the V5C registration document, any servicing history, proof of clearing any finance and MOT certificates.