5 Easy Steps to Get the Best Price at Auction
With the Remove My Car auction, you can attract much higher offers for
your scrap car. But to get the best price, you need to put a little effort into
your listing. Remember, your auction listing is like an advertisement – it
needs to stand out from the crowd in some way and attract the attention of
Tell Us More. Bidders Like Info
Bidders want detail. If there’s a dent, they want to know where it is ,
how deep it is, has it broken through the metal? If there’s rust, they want to
know how much metal has been eroded and where the rust starts and end. The more
information you provide, the more likely they are to make a bid.
If you are not particularly comfortable writing about your car, please
ask for help. We understand that some people struggle with writing, so if you
prefer, you can tell us about the car over the phone and we can type it up for
Get Snapping. Photos Attract Bidders
Do you shop online? Would you ever buy a product that you couldn’t see?
No, of course not. And neither will our ATFs. If you want to attract their
attention and get them bidding, you need to upload some photos of your car. Not
just any old photos either – you should think carefully about the lighting and
the composition of your photos. For example, if there is a small scratch on the
rear door of your car, it is no use taking a really close up picture of the
scratch. Bidders won’t be able to tell how big the scratch is from a zoomed-in
shot as there’s nothing else in the photo to compare the scratch to.
Try to give bidders as much visual information as you can. Don’t try and
hide anything – they will be looking for a ‘warts and all’ photo that shows
Give them More Time to Bid. Longer is Better
If you are desperate to get rid of your ELV or you are just an impatient
so-and-so, you might be tempted to go for one of the shorter auction times.
That’s fine, you can still get a good price with a short auction, but if you
really want to attract the best possible offer, we recommend you choose the
longest auction time. It’s simple really – the longer people have to bid, the
more likely it is that the price will be driven upwards by competing ATFs.
Auction Early in the Month. It’s All About Timing
At some point, we all get a bit short of funds towards the end of the
month, don’t we? ATFs are no different, so if you want the best price at
auction, get your car listed at the start of the month. When ATFs are feeling
flush and are keener to buy, you’re very likely to get a better offer. Leave it
until the end of the month and you may not get an offer at all. It’s nothing
personal, just a cash flow thing.
Don’t Ask for a CoD on Newer Vehicles
At the risk of sounding like a broken record…you do not need a CoD for
every vehicle that you sell to an ATF. The CoD only applies to vehicles that
cannot be repaired and so will definitely go into the crushers and be recycled.
So if you demand a CoD on a newer vehicle, guess what? Yes, the ATF are going
to have to crush it, even though it still has a few adventures left in it yet.
Consequently, the ATF is going to make less profit and so they will pay you
less in the first place.
You don't need a CoD when you sell a car, simply return Section 9 on
the log book or to notify them in writing. If they get that, they won’t fine
you or chase you for a CoD. They are only interested in CoDs if the car is
actually scrapped. And if your car is scrapped, we’ll send you a CoD as a
matter of course.