OPINION | Selling your car? 9 ways Capetonians are getting more cash for their used vehicles

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• Car sellers are always looking for the best deal when selling their vehicles.

• Weelee lists several ways owners can get the maximum price.

Western Cape owners are getting more cash for their cars.

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Research has revealed that Western Cape car sellers want better value or more cash for their rides than other provinces. 

According to Google Trends, Capetonians are doing their car-selling homework, and there's no mucking about. The search terms' car value' and 'best price for my car' ranks higher than the more common terms usually associated with car selling, signalling that cash is king for those in the Western Cape.

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In the current economic climate, no matter the reason for selling your car - whether it be upscaling to a better one, buying something else you want or need, downsizing to a less expensive, more fuel-efficient model, to get out of a financial jam or becoming a one-car family - it pays to take the time to research all savvy selling options available to you in order to get maximum value.

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Getting top price

To save Capetonians time and energy, Weelee, a new vehicle bidding platform in the Western Cape, lists the top ways to get the highest cash price for their car.

1. Value: Firstly, determine your car's current market value. This is the value that the same vehicle as yours would typically sell for. It fluctuates quite a bit, depending on which channel you use to sell your vehicle (for example, a private sale versus the sale to a car dealer), as well as other variables such as your car's condition, mileage and service history.

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2. Compare channels: Weigh up the pros and cons of each sales channel. Selling your second-hand car privately, for example, might generate you the most amount of cash. However, you are exposed to more risk from unknown parties - who could well be scammers - coming to view your car. You may also have to wait a long time before an ideal buyer comes along. A trade-in at a dealership might be a more straightforward way to sell your car, but you are likely to get less for it. Well-established, trusted online platforms that get you multiple offers for your car are becoming increasingly popular.

3. Service history and paperwork: A full-service history can make a massive difference in the price you get for your car. One should always ensure that a vehicle is serviced regularly at an approved service centre and the service book stamped as proof thereof. Also, make sure that all paperwork, including registration documents, are available and that license discs are up to date.

A car in for a service

4. Detail-driven: When advertising, spend time on a detailed description specifying the car's make, model and mileage, as well as any other specifications and optional extras. This not only builds buyer confidence in your vehicle, but also avoids a lot of unnecessary to-and-fro communication.

5. Quality pics: Take good quality photos from all angles to showcase your car. It's wise to include pictures of the engine bay and interior as well.

6. Tidy up: Be sure to wash your car and/or take it for a valet before taking the pictures. You want to ensure that your vehicle looks appealing to all prospective buyers.

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7. To fix or not to fix: Fixing those little dents, scrapes, or minor mechanical issues sends a message that you cared for your car and could get you a higher price, especially when selling privately. However, this is sometimes unnecessary when selling to a dealer as they can often perform minor fixes at a lower cost and won't necessarily pay you more if the fixes have already been done.

8. Honesty is key: Be honest upfront about any issues and imperfections so that the buyer is aware. This goes a long way in building trust.

9. In contact: Make sure you are reachable on the contact details provided - missing one call or e-mail, you might miss your best offer.

Whatever the reason for parting with your car, the process need not be stressful. You can get some good cash to your pocket if you approach it smartly. Most importantly, though, don't simply accept the first offer. Take the time and see who is willing to offer you maximum cash for your ride.

Marc Friedman is the CEO of Weelee.

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