An offer you can refuse

My wife is considering selling her car through a company that has valued it over the internet. She entered the vehicle registration into the buying company website, added the mileage and condition details and - bingo an offer was made within seconds of her entering the details. I realise the valuation will be lower than that could be achieved with a private sale but the advantage of selling quickly could outweigh the reduction in price achieved. I am concerned however, that we are supposed to turn up with the vehicle and hand it over along with a V5 document and bank details in exchange for an invoice from the company promising to pay for the car in 4-5 working days. How safe is this system in your opinion? The company in question seems to be a large, well-recognised chain.

Asked on 28 February 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
This reads like a hijacked version of CAP’s useful valuation service that traders can subscribe to on their mobile phones. But far better to use instead. Then the car will be competitively bid for on the day, instead of one price being offered by one buyer who may reduce that price when he actually sees the car.
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