Thinking of selling your vehicle?


Drivers thinking of selling their used car or van should think twice about selling it without it being MOT’d according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions.

Shoreham’s Managing Director Alex Wright has worked out that a £35 investment in a car or van’s MOT could increase the value of their vehicle by up to £800.

“While sellers may be worried about the potential cost of fixing issues a MOT could flag up, a buyer’s fears are ten times worse! Selling a used car or van is about giving the buyer peace of mind that the vehicle is safe for 12 months and in relatively good condition. The MOT provides that peace of mind, in that all of a vehicle’s safety features such as brakes, suspension and tyres are effectively given a clean bill of health and won’t need money spending on them for the next 12 months,” says Alex Wright, Managing Director, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions.

Shoreham is one of the very few auctions with its own MOT facility on site and since Wright purchased the business in October has focussed on helping sellers generate an extra few hundred pounds for their vehicles.

“Sellers can have their vehicle MOT’d at Shoreham and while they are waiting they can have a chat with us on what the car is worth when they come to sell it, whether they intend to use a local dealer, our auction or sell the vehicle online,” says Alex Wright, Managing Director, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions.

“We will value a car free of charge and will provide any supporting advice that we think the seller may need to optimise the full value of their vehicle,” he added.

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions has put together its top tips on adding value to used vehicles:

  • Ensure all paperwork is complete, such as servicing history, V5, tax disc, any body work repair guarantees and the spare keys
  • If your vehicle is over three years old it is paramount to sell it with 12 months MOT and at least six months road tax
  • Research your selling options, look for web reviews of online car sites or auctions
  • If selling on EBay or similar online sites have plenty of photographs and an honest description of the vehicle, you don’t want to waste your time with buyers who come to see the vehicle and don’t buy it or online dealers who offer you a lower price than quoted on viewing the vehicle.
  • Make sure the car is thoroughly cleaned inside and out to show it off in its best light. If selling a van, clean out the driver’s cabin and the load area to show the buyer that you are not trying to hide something

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions is situated on the Lancing Business Park, eight miles west of Brighton and sells around 6,000 vehicles each year through 11 auctions per month; including a weekly fleet and finance sale, a fortnightly light commercial sale, a monthly HGV sale and a weekly evening sale for dealer part exchanges and private buyers.

Shoreham’s MOT facility is open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 8.00am to 1.00pm.
Call 01903 764982

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