If you’re looking for a new set of wheels, you’ll likely have an old vehicle to sell. There are so many ways to sell a car – you can do it privately, enlist the help of a dealer, or use a service like ‘We Buy Any Car’.

This article is here to advise you on what to expect if you choose to book a ‘We Buy Any Car’ appointment.

What you need to sell your car

Whichever way you choose to sell your vehicle, you need to ensure it’s looking its best, and take care that you have all of the relevant documents.

At the very least, you need your MOT certificates, a vehicle log book or V5, and any maintenance bills detailing the car’s service history. If you can provide evidence of insurance cover, this can also indicate that you’ve taken care to maintain your vehicle, which makes it more appealing for potential buyers.

It’s also worth taking the time to thoroughly clean your car prior to listing it on a private site or having a We Buy Any Car agent assess it. We Buy Any Car will reduce the car’s value based on any cosmetic or functional issues, so if you have the time and inclination, fixing any broken items is well worth your time and money. Replacing broken mirrors or cracked lights and buffing up any scratches is a good idea, as is repairing any faults.

Do ‘We Buy Any Car’ test drive your car?

Yes, ‘We Buy Any Car’ will perform a short test drive of your car. They’ll send an agent round to you who will check all of the relevant documentation, as well as conducting a thorough assessment of the car.

The agent is there to check whether the details that you provide about it on your online application match up with the vehicle. If they decide that the initial valuation is incorrect, they will advise on an amended valuation following the inspection.

We Buy Any Car will check the car’s exteriors for any cosmetic issues like scratches or dents. They’ll also check the basic functionalities of the vehicle – its windows, heater, air conditioning, and lights, and ensure that there are no warning lights on the dashboard. It’s best if your interiors are clean, too. They’ll ensure that the engine runs (they don’t purchase cars that don’t start), and check that the steering and brakes work effectively by performing a short test drive.

Once the inspection is over, they’ll advise on their final evaluation. If you’re happy with the price they offer, you can sell your car then and there. If you want to buy another vehicle, this makes you a potential cash buyer, which can unlock advantageous deals.

Buying a new car?

If you’re ready to trade in your car for a newer model, car finance can help you get the best upgrade possible, using the cash from your old car as a deposit. To get a better idea of your budget, get a car loan quote online with My Car Credit. We compare across our extensive network of lenders to find a fair deal, whatever your credit score.

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