Dealing with potential buyersOnce your listing is up you are likely to receive approaches from buyers. Remember that these people are statistically highly likely to buy your car, so it's worth going to some trouble for them.
Check your email once a day and answer any questions promptly. Be up front in your answers. If you have a VIR or other photographs you can offer to provide these. Encourage people to come and visit the car, or to have a trusted friend do so if they are not in your town. Alternatively, you could suggest they use AA vehicle inspection services.
It's normal for a person to want to test drive a car before bidding or buying. Make sure you go with the person when they do this. If they are not covered by your insurance you should get them to sign a liability agreement, whereby they will take responsibility for any damage done to the car while they are driving. A 30 minute drive is normal. Two hours is not.
Don't get ripped off!
- Scammers may attempt to convince you to send money by claiming they have paid funds into a PayPal account. Never pay money into an overseas account, or via Western Union or PayPal.
- If you intend to use SafeTrader.co.nz, Trade Me’s safe payment service, you'll need to set up an account. Payments are made only into SafeTrader's ASB bank account. SafeTrader will never ask you to send money via Western Union, PayPal or any other escrow service.
- Still in doubt? Contact us for advice.