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Sales recommendations

#1 Post by pjbrandon80 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:09 am

Hey everyone

As not many people seem interested in buying can anyone recommend the best place to sell My 214

Or am I better just sticking with good old eBay?

I’ve not sold a car for years so a bit clueless

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#2 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:13 am

I’ve advertised a few cars on here that get offered via the club without much success, with most successful sales being via the R8 Facebook page.

Also, I’ve sold 2 R8s in the past personally via Twitter. If you can get retweeted by the right people, then the audience numbers quickly rise. I can retweet on the club’s official Twitter account for example, which someone else will retweet which someone else will retweet etc.
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Re: Sales recommendations

#3 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:48 am

You did the right thing in offering it here first, as there is always a possibility that one or more of our members may be looking for something specific.

OK, in this instance, nobody is wanting a silver 214 5-door, but that's just the way it is: if you tried again in a month's time things could be different.

If you want it out of the way quickly and don't care too much about price, then eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace are likely to get you a quick sale.

I would also recommend carandclassic.co.uk which is free to use and will also get you an ad in the weekly paper 'Classic car Buyer'

A fresh or long MoT will always help a sale.

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#4 Post by Liverpoolman1 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:14 am

A photo or two with an honest assessment of condition, good and bad faults would certainly raise the interest level. Prospective buyers may react to that rather than a bald “214” statement. Good luck with the sale.

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#5 Post by pjbrandon80 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:21 pm

Thanks guys I’ll look into it.

I’ll give a few more details on here, I really asked as I didn’t want to MOT it if the values would only raise by peanuts but I’m swaying towards doing it anyway for buyers peace of mind

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#6 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:14 pm

The problems you will find with trying to sell without an MoT are:

People will assume that you know there is something wrong with it that will cost a fortune to put right
People will assume that the MoT has been allowed to lapse because there is a running fault on the car (ie head gasket) and that is why the car was taken off the road in the first place.
People will not be able to just turn up, buy the car, insure it and drive it away. They will be having to spend at least £1 per mile to have it taken away on a trailer and will therefore expect to have this reflected in the asking price.

So for the cost of an MoT test and maybe a few simple fixes, you will have a much more saleable proposition. The only things likely to catch you out cost-wise will be exhaust or emissions issues, split CV joint gaiters, rusty brake pipes or partially-seized brakes. Obviously, if you do not have insurance on the car, you will need to arrange some or ask the garage doing the MoT to collect and return it.
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#7 Post by 1234dist » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:59 am

No mot on a 20+ yr old car is scrap value only.
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#8 Post by pjbrandon80 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:05 am

Thanks for this, I didn’t really think of it that way.

This makes sense, as you say people are going to be wary as only I know they History and condition of the car.

From my basic knowledge and checks it should just need two tires to pass as it’s been unused for so long I doubt anything has failed mechanically due to wear, however you make a good point regards corrosion.

I think you have made my mind up, for the cost as it stands it’s worth getting it MOT’d as I really want a collector who is going to look after the car to buy it.

I can stick it on my current insurance as an additional car and I believe you can legally drive a SORN vehicle to a pre booked MOT.

Thanks for the advice pal appreciate it.

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Re: Sales recommendations

#9 Post by pjbrandon80 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:06 am

My scrap value is £649 then :laughing2

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Re: Sales recommendations

#10 Post by Jewel 25 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:11 pm

What is scrap value these days ?

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#11 Post by 1234dist » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:30 pm

£70-120 per tonne depending on where in the country you are
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#12 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:48 pm

Facebook Marketplace is free but people sending generic messages such as 'Is this still available' and also
offering measly money offers can be annoying.
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#13 Post by pjbrandon80 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:49 am

Avoiding Facebook if I can as I usually get morons offering silly money or asking if I can deliver to Uganda.

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#14 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:28 pm

Free to list though, I have sold quite a lot the last couple of months on there.
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