6 Steps to Sell Your Classic Car

May 18th 2017

If you are looking to sell a classic car then you might be wondering what the best way to go about it is. Selling a classic car can be very different from traditional methods of selling a car and could potentially be worth a large sum of money. So what exactly is the best way to approach selling your classic car? We have created a 6 step guide that well help you understand how to sell your classic car and some top things to consider before you do so.

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Have it inspected by an expert mechanic

It is important that you have your classic car checked by an expert mechanic so that you are sure everything is in good working order. This could come in the form of a service but you should be mindful to take your car to a classic car expert as they will have a better knowledge of old cars. There might be areas of the car that could do with repairing before the sale to make sure your classic car is in good hands. There might also be areas of the car that a buyer wants inspected to ensure they are in good working order. If you have a Jaguar E-Type for sale, then our team have a great deal of experience in repairs and can help to restore your car.

Valuing your classic car

When advertising a classic car for sale you will need to have an understanding of the value and how much you can expect to get for it. It can be hard to know how much you should expect to get for your classic car as various different models and the condition of the car can affect the price. One good start is to take a look through other classic and vintage car ads in magazines or online to get a rough idea. It is important that you get an expert opinion on your car when you are looking to sell it and speak to a classic car dealer to get a more accurate estimate. You should be able to do this when getting your car inspected by an expert mechanic.

Deciding on when to sell

Another important factor in putting up your classic car for sale is deciding what time of year is best to sell. The result you get can depend massively on the type of car you are selling so you have to consider when would be the best time to sell a classic car. For example, if you have a convertible, then you are not likely to get as much interest for your car as you will do during the summer months. The summer period is also one of the best times to look to sell your car in general as people tend to have less money towards the beginning and end of the year.

Where to advertise your classic car

You will also need to consider where you want to advertise your classic car for sale as the regular methods such as Auto Trader might not be best suited. There are a number of ways that you can look to sell your classic car that can really help you to achieve a high value. One of these options is placing an advert in a classic car magazine, but this can time to filter through and you might not get the interest. Taking your car to a classic car show and placing a ‘for sale’ sign in the windscreen can be an option, although many people attend the shows to admire the cars rather than buy. Looking into other options such as brokerage or a classic car dealer might be the best solution, as they will know how to market your car and find a buyer.

Preparing your car

Before you finally decide to sell a classic car, you will first need to consider if you need to do any preparation to get it up to a good standard. Classic cars can be worth huge sums of money but there can be competition as buyer’s look to find the car that’s in the best condition. This can really help to increase the value of your car and help it to achieve its full potential at sale. One of the most important factors when it comes to swaying the sale of a classic car is the condition of the classic car's interior. If your car's interiors are in a poor condition then it can heavily affect your sale price, so you might want to consider some restoration.

Get the deal done

The only thing that’s left to do now is to finalise the deal and sell your classic car. If you are selling the car yourself then you should be prepared to negotiate as people will want to get themselves a good deal. Although your classic car is, of course, old, potential buyers will still want to know about any potential faults or flaws with the car. It’s important that you are honest with the buyer and mention anything that they might need to know about the handling or working of the car. Selling a classic car through an experienced dealer will help to avoid a lot of the above as they can verify the mechanical state of the car. You are also more likely to get the price that you want for your classic car.

Our simple 6 step guide can help to get your classic car sold in no time. But if you have a classic Jaguar E-Type for sale, then we might be able to lend our expertise. E-Type UK has a great deal of experience in selling classic cars and we can help you realise its full potential. Whether you need restoration work or you want to get the car sold as it is, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.

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