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Meeting buyers - Running a Car

If you decide to sell your car privately, you will have to meet potential buyers to allow them to inspect and test-drive the car.

• You must look after your own security and your car. If you feel vulnerable, ensure you have a friend or relative around.

• You should aim to meet them at your home in daylight hours to give them plenty of opportunity to examine the car thoroughly.

• Ensure the buyer has at least third-party insurance cover. (If they have comprehensive cover on their own car, then they'll have third-party cover on your car.)

• Alternatively, you could change your policy to cover any driver during the selling process.

• Ask to see a driving licence, and make a note of the licence number.

• Make it clear to the person driving that any speeding fines incurred on the drive will be their responsibility.

• Never allow a potential buyer to drive your car without you. When it is time for the test drive, get into the passenger seat and then hand over the keys.

• Allow the buyer to drive on a variety of roads and for a decent amount of time – at least half an hour. If you try to cut it short, they might think you have something to hide.


More tips on selling a car: doing the paperwork | meeting buyers | prepairing your car | receiving payment | understanding your cars value | used car selling scams | what are the options | wording a car advert

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