Selling a car privately - where to advertise?

Selling a car privately - where to advertise?

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C0ffin D0dger

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3,440 posts

101 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Hoping this is the right place to post this. It's been a while since I've sold a car privately, having been looking for its replacement on Autotrader thought that may be the place to advertise it but then I saw the prices eek

What does everyone use these days? Would prefer if it wasn't hanging around for ever so somewhere with decent traffic. Obviously there's this site. Ebay, Gumtree, Preloved, Facebook? Anywhere else? I'd consider paying the Autotrader prices if I knew it would shift but it's a gamble I guess.

Car's worth about £10k if that has anything to do with it?

Thanks!

lukeharding

1,373 posts

45 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Depends on the type of car too. No harm in listing it on more than one considering some of them are cheap/free. Autotrader is expensive and used a lot by dealers so you really have to make sure your advert is spot on. eBay is cheaper though some avoid it, can be good for some kinds of cars. You've got PistonHeads too which is good for more unusual cars/sports car/ petrolhead cars I think

bga

8,132 posts

207 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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In the past I have had the best results from AT & eBay motors. PH has (sadly) had a disproportionate number of time wasters

raceboy

12,164 posts

236 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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What the car is would also have a bearing on where to advertise it.

I'm currently in the process of selling/buying, my car is only advertised on here and a few specific social media pages as it quite a niche market specialist sports car, the car I'm looking to replace it is also in a similar field but I look at Autotrader, eBay, and here, and spot a lot of cars that are cross advertised.

lord trumpton

5,629 posts

82 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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What car is it?

I've found certain cars a suited to certain selling platforms

hornetrider

63,161 posts

161 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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bga said:
In the past I have had the best results from AT & eBay motors. PH has (sadly) had a disproportionate number of time wasters
Sadly agree. Sold a 10k 5 series a year or so ago. Was advertised here and eBay as a classified listing.

Didn't get a sniff from PH despite it being a very PH car (550i). Sold in a week via eBay. Only cost a tenner as well.

andy118run

766 posts

162 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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The Crack Fox said:
PH classifieds are a pain to use, I don't even browse them when looking for a car now.

eBay is the place.
+ 1. Never found anything on PH of interest to me, not within ok travelling distance, anyway. Maybe my fault for being Norfolk-based.

I sold a sub-£1000 car on ebay last week, this tends to be my preferred platform.

As mentioned previously, depends on the car and how it stands up price wise compared with similar cars with dealers.

Doesn't matter where you have it, if it is priced anywhere close to a similar example with a dealer, forget it.

For a £10k car, assuming it's competitively priced, I think I'd be more inclined to give autotrader a whirl. Certainly the place I browse most when dreaming about my next purchase.

C0ffin D0dger

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3,440 posts

101 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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lord trumpton said:
What car is it?

I've found certain cars a suited to certain selling platforms
Didn't want to put the model incase I'd be crossing any forum boundaries guidelines by this looking like an advert!

Its a 2008 BMW 535D M-Sport Tourer (E61/LCI), low mileage for age (93k) and all the desirable options hence the price, so nothing to specialised but a fairly rare car I guess.

Thanks for all the advice so far.

lukeharding

1,373 posts

45 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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eBay or Autotrader definitely for something like that.

hornetrider

63,161 posts

161 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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C0ffin D0dger said:
Didn't want to put the model incase I'd be crossing any forum boundaries guidelines by this looking like an advert!

Its a 2008 BMW 535D M-Sport Tourer (E61/LCI), low mileage for age (93k) and all the desirable options hence the price, so nothing to specialised but a fairly rare car I guess.

Thanks for all the advice so far.
Same as mine then barring dirty diesel... wink Flew out the door via eBay.

Moonpie21

339 posts

48 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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I advertised my last car on PH and Autotrader, granted not an overly PH car but not a hint of any action.

Autotrader some guy was going to buy from a dealer but looked on Autotrader on the off chance saw my car fitted the bill came, made an offer, drove off in it.

I think Autotrader still has a good name for people to randomly peruse (this was a dad helping his daughter buy her first car). Ebay is a hard one to call, I have never purchased/sold a car off it so can't say if I like it. I do browse it and dream about a daft purchase, but always seem to buy from elsewhere.

Richard-390a0

815 posts

47 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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eBay for cheapies & Autotrader for the nicer stuff, so I'd say A/T for your 5 series IMHO.

PrancingHorses

2,629 posts

163 months

Monday 8th May 2017
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Ebay all day - also good to see some history of the person making the enquiry - I usually don't leave a phone number so they have to come to me via ebay - filters out the trash IMHO.

Auto Trader is a complete waste of time and full of scammers as is Gumtree. PH used to be fantastic but nowadays only "How much for cash mate" or "Best price" emails!

Tootle is also a pretty good and hassle free alternative to WBAC - give it a go smile