Things to Watch Out For When You Sell Your Car

If you’ve made the decision to sell your car, it’s important to be careful when you decide who to deal with. If you opt for the route of an independent sale, there are always scammers looking to take advantage. Alternatively, if you go down the dealership route, it’s important to do your research and only commit to a sale that you feel entirely comfortable with.

Selling to A Dealership

Don’t Be Pressured Into a Quick Sale

When you’re selling your car, it’s important to remember that you’re the one in charge. No one can force you into a sale you don’t want to be part of, whilst the price you agree on ultimately needs to satisfy you.

Whether you’re selling online, or visiting a recognised dealership, different people will employ different sales tactics to try and secure the best deal for them or their company. It’s important to remember that you have that power too.

There are plenty of great buyers out there, you just need to find the right one for you. If it doesn’t feel right, move onto the next one.

Reduction After Viewing

There have been several reports in recent times about selected dealerships quoting for a car online, before significantly reducing their offer when you bring the car to them for a face-to-face viewing.

If the condition of your vehicle is inferior to how you’ve implied, then this would be perfectly reasonable. But if it seems as though the dealer is actually just trying to bring down the price without just cause, you may be better taking your business elsewhere.

Selling to An Individual

Be Wary If Someone Doesn’t Want to View the Vehicle

If someone is looking to buy a car, you would expect them to want to view it first. This would be a natural way for them to get a feel for whether it will suit to their needs.

Whilst someone may neglect the chance of a viewing for purely innocent reasons, there are sadly scammers looking to exploit such an opportunity.

Make Sure You’ve Been Paid First

Don’t sign over the car until you’ve been paid. Most scams occur from individuals trying to get away with false payment methods such as fraudulent cheques. One way to be sure of payment is to visit the bank with the buyer so that they can draw cash out for you.

If you agree to a bank transfer, it’s worth ensuring that this is arranged in-bank with both parties in presence.

Be Careful During the Test Drive

In many cases, you’ll deal with a friendly, honest buyer that understandably wants to get a feel for the vehicle they want to buy. It’s natural to want to be sure before making any large investment.

Despite this, the test drive stage of the selling process is one of the areas where you need to be the most wary of scams. There are several good practices to follow:

  • Make sure that you’re comfortable to proceed after you’ve met the potential buyer. It’s your car and you’re under no obligation to let them drive it.
  • Be clear on the amount of time the test drive will last.
  • Remove valuables from your car. 
  • Arrange to meet the buyer at a police station. If they’re really uncomfortable about this it should act as a warning sign.


Once you’ve received payment for your car, it’s essential to complete the related paperwork. You’ll need to run through the following process:

  • Write a receipt and make a copy for you and the buyer. This should include the date, price, make and model, reg number and addresses.
  • Keep a separate note of the buyer’s address.
  • Complete the V5C and send this to the DVLA.
  • Give the new owner the handbook, keys, service log book and receipts and MOT certificate. Other maintenance receipts and old MOT certificates may be needed for sales with a full service history.

Sell Your Car With Abbeywood Motors

A family-run business with more than 30 years in the industry, you can trust Abbeywood Motors to help with the sale of your car. To find out more and sell your car in Sheffield, get in touch. 

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