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A lesson from history – How to sell your car in four hours

Friday 10 July 2009, by

A few years ago, regular Gumtree user Rob shared the story about how he sold his car on Gumtree in less than four hours. Call us nostalgic but we reckon Rob’s experience is as relevant now as it was back in 2009, so sit back and enjoy a master class in how to shift your motor before lunchtime…

“It’s 9.35am on Monday June 29th 2009. The MOT and tax on my VW Passat run out at the end of the month, that’s tomorrow! Time to sell my motor, but can I do it in less than 24 hours? I call some bloke who runs a business called We Buy Your Car, but he says no. Then a brainwave… I’ll put an ad on Gumtree!

Now I have to confess I’m not sure how much my Passat is worth. It has 163,000 miles on the clock and the paintwork is not perfect. So I look at other Passats on Gumtree and come to a decision. I pop outside and take 3 pictures of my motor. Then I write up the ad and upload the images. Easy peasy. Within an hour the phone starts to ring. Some chap wants to buy my car and can come over by 12.15. We meet. He makes me an offer, which I accept and he gives me the cash. I give him the log book, MOT certificate and the keys.
All done. The car is sold by 1.30pm in less than four hours. (And, by the way, I received about a dozen calls during the morning!)

My tips: keep the price realistic and make your headline stand out. I was really subtle with the phrase ‘Bargain Price’ in my headline. When I told my wife, she was amazed that it went so quickly! Thanks Gumtree, brilliant.”

So there you have it – no fuss, no complications and no time at all. Good job Rob!

Can anyone beat a four-hour sale? Let us know in the comments below.


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