We all like the thought of buying a new car - new or used makes no difference. There is just something delightfully satisfying about driving away in that newly acquired machine.
Of course before most of us buy a new car, we need to sell our old one, and that can be a rather daunting experience. So what options do we have to part with our no longer loved motor?
Perhaps selling privately might be the answer, or maybe part exchange? And then there is the most recent of innovations the 'we want any car' type companies who will take any drivable car off your hands in any condition for cash.
So if you are looking to sell your car, here are your options:
Whether this entails a ‘for sale’ sign in the window or an ad in the local paper, Auto Trader or online, this can sometimes be a lengthy process.
Of course, the flip side is that we can at least expect a better price selling to a member of the public. However, to achieve this, we would need to spend money on advertising and then spend time having prospective purchasers (otherwise known as strangers) visit our home, often at inconvenient times.
And then after all the bargaining is done and dusted, we still might not achieve the price we were expecting.
Advantages: Can sometimes achieve a satisfying selling price.
Disadvantages: Cost of advertising. Strangers visiting our home. The inconvenience of taking phone calls and booking appointments to view.
Simply take your car along to a dealer who will then give you a price based on you purchasing a new car from them. Sounds simple and indeed it is, however simplicity comes at a price.
Often the dealer will quote you a 'price to change' which means how much you will have to give the dealer plus your car, to take delivery of your new model. The actual price paid for your car isn't always revealed.
Advantages: Quick and easy. Sell and buy at the same moment.
Disadvantages: You don't always know how much you are being given for your car as the price is hidden in the deal. You don't know if you are getting the best price on the car you are purchasing. You obviously need to be in the market for a new car to make this option work for you.
The new 'We want any car' type companies:
This is quite a new concept which seems to be getting ever more popular. The process is simple - you log on to httwww.wewantanycar.com and enter the details of your car. You then get an instant value based on industry trade valuation guides.
If you like the price you take your vehicle along to one of their depots where they will carry out a full on-site appraisal to ensure the car is in the condition that you claimed online. A price is then agreed and you are given a cheque which clears in your bank within 4 working days. Simple!
Advantages: All done online, no personal pressure to sell. No hassle or inconvenience. There are 60 WeWantAnyCar.com branches around the UK making this option accessible nationally. Your car can be sold in minutes.
Disadvantages: Face value price might not be what you expected.
Yes this is still an option, but whereas years ago you could get a fiver for you old car, today you have to pay them for taking it off your hands!
Advantages: You can dispose of it whenever you wish.
Disadvantages: It could actually cost you money.
So there it is. No doubt what suits one will not suit another. But just how do you personally perceive value? Is it simply the best selling price we are after, or do we take an overall view of the hidden costs involved, costs like our time, the hassle factor, inconvenience and not forgetting the very real advantage of buying our new car with cash in hand.Photography by Dannii Cooper