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Old 23-01-2017, 08:56 PM   #46
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Oh and that's s nice looking motor too


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Old 23-01-2017, 11:05 PM   #47
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I am not generally in favour of regulation... but if the motor trade industry was to be regulated, it would be interesting to see how the likes of webuyanycar.com would respond to mandatory requirement for stating how many cars they actually bought at the online quoted price.

Your quote might then come with a statuary notice 'the likelihood of us paying you this amount is currently 0.034%'.... etc.
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Old 23-01-2017, 11:32 PM   #48
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I'm not in the market but I have to say it looks a very tidy car.

If I had to sum the car up in 3 words from those photos, they'd be "well looked after".
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Old 25-01-2017, 03:20 PM   #49
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Found these two for private sale on Autotrader:

Mercedes-Benz C Class 1.8 C200 Kompressor Classic SE 4dr
£1,900 (More powerful engine but 2006 on 55 plates, higher mileage, wrong colour, damage to bumpers)

Mercedes-Benz C Class 1.8 C180 Kompressor Sport 4dr
£5,250 (3 Owners but 2006 on 56 plates, lower mileage, Sport trim and leather - so probably more desirable than my Classic)

Based on the above I think my car would fetch ~£3.5-£4.0k on private sale, and retail at perhaps ~£4.0-£4.5k on a forecourt? As said, not looking to advertise it on Autotrader, but I think that for a trade buyer paying £2.5k for it is more than reasonable, plenty of margin left for the auction house and dealer.

Said that... my main issue is not simply the difference between the quoted price and their actual offer, but the lack of transparency. They said I had the opportunity to declare any 'damage' - well not being in the motor trade I would not classify a minor stone chip that has been touched-up as 'damage' that need to be declared. Nowhere on their website do they say that their quote is based on 'as new' condition and that the tiniest blemish must be declared.

Oh well, you live and learn.
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Old 25-01-2017, 07:37 PM   #50
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I think the model they employ is just tempt you in by any means, then grind you down by picking holes in the condition of your car to hopefully get you into a "well it's not much less than they said and I am here now" situation.

They are not interested in niceties and discussing the car. They want to spend as little time and money and make the most return as that is all they care about.

"Draw a line and move on." to coin a well-used cliché.

Then do an advert on here. I'm quite confident you will get a hassle-free sale given the condition the car is in...

Remember, fellow-enthusiasts frequent this forum and one big plus point is, condition-aside, the provenance of your car makes it more desirable.
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Old 25-01-2017, 11:32 PM   #51
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bait-and-switch
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Old 26-01-2017, 09:08 AM   #52
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....Then do an advert on here. I'm quite confident you will get a hassle-free sale given the condition the car is in...
Anyone has an idea what would be a fair asking price...?
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Old 26-01-2017, 12:14 PM   #53
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The plot thickens.......



The current valuation is £2,665 (up from the original valuation of £2,575).

Looks like this scheme is far more elaborate than meets the eye....
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Old 26-01-2017, 12:26 PM   #54
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Had 2 text messages and 3 emails from then in the past half hour.... they don't let go, do they?
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Old 26-01-2017, 12:40 PM   #55
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Apologies if I am boring anyone.... but the saga continues.



I would be very interested to know what is their business model...
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Old 26-01-2017, 12:59 PM   #56
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Apologies if I am boring anyone.... but the saga continues.
Not at all, its actually quite useful seeing your experience if i'm ever in the same boat
I'm like you, too much hassle to sell privately so normally part ex, someone I knew sent their car to BCA auction and seemed to get a fair price with no hassle, might be worth considering?
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Old 26-01-2017, 01:19 PM   #57
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I would be very interested to know what is their business model...
The best one - buy low and sell high.

Bottom line , Auto Trader / eBay / Gumtree / WBAC in that order.

No point dragging your heels as the value of your car is only heading in one direction.

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Old 26-01-2017, 01:24 PM   #58
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...No point dragging your heels as the value of your car is only heading in one direction.

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Not according to WBAC - apparently it is appreciating on weekly basis

But on a serious note, I get what you mean - quite right.

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They always increse the price a week later.
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The current valuation is £2,665 (up from the original valuation of £2,575).

Looks like this scheme is far more elaborate than meets the eye....
So the website should read "We knew damn well your car was worth more than we first offered but were trying it on to see if we could get away with it but we failed. So now we will try and tempt you back by offering you more in the hope you will sell to us so we can make a shed load of money because we know the car is a good one and worth more."

In terms of real world fair values - I personally take a look at Pistonheads and Autotrader and workout where my car sits which is what you've done.

Based on the examples you listed above and if it were my car, I would be putting it up at £3950 to see what interest there is.

Although it is a classic, it is offset against being well-looked after and having good provenance being on here.

Not everyone will care about spec either. I'd rather a lower spec'd well-looked after car than a poor higher spec - especially if you are not looking to pay top dollar.

It doesn't cost anything to advertise on here either!
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