If you’ve never scrapped a vehicle before then you’ll probably look straight to expert advice from an agent to help you get the best deal. However, although this may be the easiest option, it might not get you the best value for money. If you are patient and are willing to invest time, then chances are you could probably get a better deal on your own.
What is a car agent?
A scrap car agent is a middleman with an excellent knowledge of the scrap car industry that can aid you in the sale of your used vehicle. If you are new to this, chances are you will enquire with a scrap car agent as they are the experts in the field. They will liaise with buyers and scrap car merchants to sell your vehicle. But, with the rising popularity of the internet, it is becoming increasingly easier and cheaper to sell your used car yourself.
Sell it online
What better way to sell your car than from the comfort of your own home? There are an increasing number of online platforms that will help you to sell a used car, either to another buyer or straight to a scrap yard. Take for example Car.co.uk, their website allows you to search for your local scrap yard and sell your vehicle that way. You will also receive an online evaluation so you know exactly how much you are getting. This is one of the quickest ways to get rid of your car and you won’t have to pay a penny to anyone, your vehicle will even be collected for free.
Be competitive with your pricing
Why try and sell your vehicle on one platform when you can sell it on several? If you put your car on several different websites then you are opening it up to a wider audience and giving yourself the best chance of selling it. And with this it means that you can barter. If one person offers you a price for your vehicle, and someone offers a higher price on another site, you have the advantage of playing them against each other and getting the best price.
But why stop here? As well as choosing sales websites and specialist websites, you can also sell your vehicle on social media platforms, advertise in your local shops and in newspapers. The more options available, the more chance you have of selling the vehicle.
Timing is key
There are several tricks of the trade that scrap car agents are aware of and one of them is timing. You wouldn’t want to put your vehicle up for sale in the middle of the day when everyone is at work and too busy to see what the latest listings are. This is why timing is an essential part of the process. When you are putting your vehicle up for sale online, you have the option to choose what time it goes up online. Similarly, to this, if you decide to put the vehicle up for auction online, you can decide what time the auction will finish. It is essential to be aware of this, as you want to make sure that people have access to their computers/phones easily when the auction is coming to an end, otherwise you could end up losing out on potential buyers.
Now you know what to do, you can scrap the middleman and sell your used vehicle alone. Whether you want to sell it to another buyer or sell it for scrap, the same rules apply and you could make good money from it.