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Best time to sell a car?
Millions of drivers are faced with the same question every year: Have another repair done or get rid of their old car? We'll give you the right advice and lots of tips on when to buy a car and how to get the most money out of your old man.
When to part with the used one?
Every year more than ten million cars change hands in Germany, including around 3.5 million new cars and 7 million used cars. Always a difficult decision: When is the right time to swap a car? Where do I get the most money for my used vehicle? Times are changing: in the 1970s, the average age of the car fleet was around five and a half years. It has now risen to over ten years. This may also be due to the fact that some people do not have the money to buy a new car. But above all, it shows how reliable most current vehicles are: 150,000 to 200,000 kilometers are the norm today. In the 1960s, some cars finally gave up after around 100,000 kilometers.
Today's vehicles hardly have any typical weak points
The ADAC used car experts have been observing the car market for years. They regularly test popular used vehicles and analyze defects. From an economic point of view, you can drive your car for a very long time today, the experts have discovered that there are no longer any typical weak points. Rather, isolated errors in production or defective components cause the problems, because: With 20,000 individual parts, which usually come from the cheapest supplier, something can always go wrong. Such errors or product recalls can be found on our used car portal.
If you look at the average depreciation of a car, you can see the following: Immediatelyafter the initial registration, the residual value literally plummetsand after about two years it goes into a steady descent. The numbers show:Those who replace their new car after five years are doing pretty bad business, about 65 percent loss speaks for itself. For comparison: in the following five years the total loss in value is only 25 percent.
Repairs are usually worthwhile even on older cars
At some point the repair costs rise noticeably. For many car owners, this is an occasion to think of a new one. A typical mistake in reasoning, experts observe, because: Even if it costs nerves and money, as a ruleEven with eight-year-old cars, repairs cost a few hundred euros. If it becomes significantly more expensive, it is worth doing the math. Because:Repairs do not increase the sales value of the car.
The rule of thumb is: if the repair is more than half the residual value, it is better not to repair the damage, but to sell the car. Those who still invest a lot of money in the old ones should really keep them to the bitter end.
A fresh MOT brings real money when selling
Regular inspections are always important. The ADAC technology experts do not believe in doing without old cars for the sake of economy. On the one hand, because inspections are essential for the safety of the car. On the other hand, because a conversation with the auto mechanic can provide information about upcoming, really expensive and uneconomical repairs. Just like the ADAC used car check.
What buyers always value: a fresh general inspection. Even if the residual value scratches the zero line according to the table: That can bring up to 2000 euros. Cosmetic repairs, on the other hand, have no influence on the value. Scratches in the paintwork or stone chips in the bonnet are included in the guide prices.
Here you can read how to find the right price for your used vehicle.
Seven tips for selling a car
Selling a car - a tricky business. You can only get a fair price and make a legally secure sale with appropriate preparation and taking some advice into account. These seven tips will help sell a car.
1. Good condition
For a sale, your car should be in perfect technical condition. The technical condition of a car can be certified in a car workshop or in ADAC test centers. Flaws in beauty that unnecessarily depress the price should be corrected. Ideally, the rims are cleaned, scratches in the paint are removed and the car is polished before it is sold. It also cuts a fine figure in photos.
2. Where to sell?
The quickest way to go is the dealer, but you will not get the best price there. If you sell a car privately, you can make more money. For this purpose, advertisements can be placed online or in the newspaper. In addition, a printed advertisement can be hung up in the car. This is how passers-by can see that you want to sell.
3. The value of a car
A good starting point are similar used cars, which are also comparable in terms of engine type, year of construction, mileage and equipment.
4. The perfect ad
The equipment of the car should be specified as precisely as possible. A short, meaningful text emphasizes the advantages of the car, for example: very well maintained, a few kilometers, extensive equipment, special rims, etc. In the description, however, defects and damage are clearly stated. Information on when the last main inspection was carried out is mandatory. If the car was in the workshop shortly before it was sold, this should also be stated. Details like new brakes add value. Many pictures give potential buyers a good impression of the vehicle.
You can find information on frequent scams when selling cars here.
5. Meaningful photos
A picture is worth a thousand words: For good photos, your car has to be clean and the paintwork has to be polished. Photograph the car from different perspectives. Some detailed shots should be made of the interior, as well as high-quality equipment details and the mileage. If the car has defects, they should be photographed. That is honest and creates trust with the buyer.
6. The test drive
You should take a potential buyer for a test drive. To do this, make sure with your insurance company that the potential buyer is also insured. Before you start, you should have the buyer's license shown to you. Take the test drive with you or get a deposit for the duration of the test drive. If the car has already been de-registered, you will receive a temporary license plate at the registration office.
With the ADAC model agreement you can put all the regulations for the test drive in writing:
7. The sale
When you have found a buyer, a sales contract is concluded. The ADAC sample purchase agreement is available for printing. Usually the new owner signs off your old car. If you want to be sure, de-register the car before selling it. The buyer can then either take it with him on a trailer or with a delivery license plate.
ADAC car consultant
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