The sale of a car worth a dozen (or several dozen) monthly salaries is a high-risk operation. So what should you pay close attention to during this procedure? How not to be deceived?
You have to keep your eyes wide open. Remember that the people you’re inviting to see your car are complete strangers. The vast majority of them will certainly have crystal clear intentions but there’s always a possibility of finding the black sheep. How to minimize the risk?
Trust your intuition
The first telephone conversation with a potential buyer can help you determine the level of risk. If something bothers you, it’s better to let it go and just back out. The number of people interested in purchasing your car is definitely greater than one, even if your selling a Fiat Multipla 🙂
Gather information about the buyer
During a conversation via phone or e-mail, try to play detective. Seriously, though, try to gather as much information as possible: name, address and so on. Then try to verify it. In the age of universal access to the Internet, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you.
Meet in public
If you don’t want to arrange a meeting in your home (which is probably wise, as you don’t know the people who’ll come), try to meet the buyer in a public place. You can take someone (a friend or relative) with you.
Be careful during a test drive
The test drive is potentially dangerous, too. Theoretically, you can deny a test drive but it’ll be a clear signal for the buyer that you want to hide something from them.
Do you know what the American specialists advise in such situations? Before a test drive, take a photo of the potential buyer’s driving license and send it to someone you can trust.
This can help the police in the case of crime. Not to mention the fact that the mere request to show documents in order to photograph them should cool down the potential perpetrators. Does it violate the GDPR? It’s hard to say 🙂
Choose the route of the test drive
Choose the route of the test drive yourself. Pick an area you know well. Ideally, try to find a diversified route so the buyer can assess different aspects of your car. Take the phone with you. Don’t ride with the buyer alone, especially if you’re a woman. Take a friend or a relative with you.
Fill the contract with the personal info of the buyer
If the car inspection and the following test drive convince the buyer to choose your car, proceed to the next stage, that is, to writing the purchase agreement. Make sure that the buyer provides their real personal information.
Don’t believe in stories about a “person in the family” for whom your car is just being bought. Any mistakes in this matter will have one effect: everything the person driving a car bought from you does will automatically be charged to your account.
Check the second hand car dealer
It may happen that instead of meeting with individuals, you will put the car for sale at the second hand car dealer’s. Be careful in this case, too. Before you trust them to sell your car, gather the information about the company and check how long it has been on the market and what opinions the previous customers have about it.
Read the agreement with the dealer carefully.
One more thing: read the agreement with the dealer carefully. Read more: https://www.autodna.com/blog/what-makes-a-good-second-car-dealer/
Do you want to buy a car safely? Check its history!
And when you have sold the car safely and are looking for a new vehicle, be sure to check the following before you sign the purchase contract:
- vehicle origin,
- servicing data,
- if the car is in the stolen vehicle databases.