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OK, we've most of us done it - looked at a car and tried to get a good deal.....but:

We (my sister and I) are selling a car on behalf of an old lady who is giving up driving because of her eyesight. Car is a 2004 Vauxhall Meriva (with a private but not special plate -T2 ???), Automatic, 34K miles, one-owner from new, 6 months MOT. Generally good condition as you'd expect, a few paintwork scuffs on bumper and rear arches - I said her eyesight was poor - which I carefully photographed for the Autotrader advert. Advertised for £995, versus the autotrader estimate of £1125, and a Webuyanycar offwr of £685.

Plenty of response - but my word - what idiots, for the most part!

"What's the least you'll take?" - I'll discuss that when you've seen the car, but don't expect it to be a lot cheaper" - "I have £750" - Goodbye.

"Oh, the parcel-shelf is missing - I'll give you £650" (Parcel-shelf sourced for £30.)

"Can you deliver it to me, I'll definitely buy it....." Yeah - right.

"Has it got a full service history" - Advert says so. "Is it all dealer stamps" - No, as advert says, mostly local garage - car is 12 years old and done 34K miles - how much servicing does it need? "Well its very important to me - it definitely needs the filters changing every year" - Its done less than 1000 miles in the last 3 years, its a 12 year old car at under £1K!

"Is there a warranty?" - It's a private sale of a car for less than £1K - so that'll be a "no".

And on and on........After 10 years out of the (direct) car trade I'd forgotten the idiocy of the average punter. All trained to ring up asking about "the car" - we're not trade, we've only got one, and to demand service history, as if it means anything, and of course to offer silly money.........

Thankfully it sold this morning for folding money (£900). I've never been so glad to remove an advert.......
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Commiserations.

I hate selling cars, one of the reasons I change mine so infrequently.

I sold the 145 on to someone on here - the a55hat still owes me £50!
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That is the down side of privately selling a car at any price. It's just remarkable that so many numpties have such ridiculous expectations of an old, really cheap car.
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That is the down side of privately selling a car at any price. It's just remarkable that so many numpties have such ridiculous expectations of an old, really cheap car.
That's actually the problem. Selling a cheap thing. When selling something for £1 000, you get the people who have only £600 calling to see if they could get it.

When selling something for £20 000, all those people with only £600 are not even going to call, and nobody's going to offer you £12 000 for it. They may offer £19 000, but that's a different story.
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I find it harder selling cheap cars than I have done more expensive ones.

You have to remember though that good cheap cars are usually well sought after, so stick to your guns and you will usually get what you want for it if it is fairly priced.

I had a nightmare of a job trying to sell our Mk1 Focus.

Top spec (Ghia), very late model (2004) Mk1, desireable engine size for a cheap car (1.6) as well as recent new tyres, newish MOT and recent cambelt, and everything worked including the aircon and heated front windscreen.

Because it had 140k on the clock people were making me offers of £250 etc. In my book any reliable good condition car with a 12 month MOT is worth £500, so I had it up for £650

In the end I gave up on advertsing it and sold it for £500 to a mate from work.

It is still going well and he loves it.

I am thinking of selling my Giulietta, but it is a good car and has been very reliable and cheap to run.

But realistically I would probably get just over £5k for it, and looking around you can buy a lot of crap for £5k

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I feel for you. They want the moon on a stick and all the bloody trimmings.
Thing is it is generally a buyers market. Eventually somebody will be genuine.
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You have to put up with the idiots when trying to sell a car, its all part of the experience
I think on average i've had one or two timewasters before the serious buyer appeared with each car i've sold though some have sold straight away.
Selling cars i find brings some very strange people out of the woodwork, don't accept silly offers and if the car is decent it will sell before long
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Have to admit, much prefer to sell privately than accept the frankly insulting offers from WBAC or dealers trade in offers

Always worth it for a few hundred quid more in your back pocket
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I know very nice rule to sell AlfaRomeo.
If you want to sell it good you should run away from Alfa forum.
Average alfisto is a guy who is always not enough money for good car.
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The expression used by these people is " a lot of car for the money".
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Agree... Then potential buyer start "touch balls" ( i.e. negotiate sales price ) from the first call I stop talk.
It would bring nothing.
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