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BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - cattlehat
Hi
I am trying to sell my BMW and really didn't think I would have any problems but I have only had 2 phone calls in 3 weeks and no viewings. It is advertised on auto trader , piston heads and gumtree.
I would be really grateful if someone would have a look and give me a couple of pointers on the advert and let me know if there's anything I am doing wrong.

Many thanks

Matt

www.autotrader.co.uk/used-cars/bmw/3-series/used-b...1
BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - RT

Wrongly priced is the obvious observation - not that I'd have a clue what the right valuation is.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - cattlehat
Too high or too low?
BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - gordonbennet

Car looks good its on sensible wheels and you've got the right service history which is excellent if you can find the right buyer.

However a quick browse on Trader tells me you are asking retail showroom money for a private sale, with no SOG act or worthless warranty included as would be the case buying from a trader, so you need an exceptional car, personally i would have wanted leather (and auto but i'm an older MB man at heart) to make a silky smooth cruiser.

Apart from that few people will have access to £7k without invoking finance.

Few things you could have included, in the pic you have a Conti tyre, 4 all round with good tread? say so including the tread depths.

Wheels in perfect unblemished condition? say so...though i can see what appears to be several bead nicks on close up, you're asking a high price the car has to be top condition.

Mileage good, but from your ad someone could envisage a slightly warm only 6 mile trip every day in which case the it would have needed more frequent oil services...no not officially but your mature buyer (someone like me) thinks very differently.

Previous MOT's in folder to confirm mileage, yes the buyer can check online but far better to have them at point of sale, all goes to make the car kosher for the careful probably mature private buyer (or pampered wife) who is your target market...lets be honest you don't want a lowered Civic packed with the usual suspects turning up do you.

Stamps in service book, did every service mentioned include an oil change with full sythetic oil? say so and name the dealer, plus mention if you have receipts to prove, you can't beat a folder stuffed with receipts.

Brakes been serviced correctly, new pads/discs fitted, brake fluid replaced? say so, and any other major maintenance items.

Only my opinion as a private buyer, i will and do pay over the odds for the right used car, but it must have been maintained and pampered over and above the usual ex lease or company car fodder.

Edited by gordonbennet on 20/10/2013 at 21:56

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - cattlehat
Thank you very much for this.
I actually believed that it was very competitively priced as the private sale value on WiseBuyers was a fair bit higher.
I will add some more details about the servicing history and see what I've got in the way or receipts and old MOT's.
BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - cattlehat
Thank you very much for this.
I actually believed that it was very competitively priced as the private sale value on WiseBuyers was a fair bit higher.
I will add some more details about the servicing history and see what I've got in the way or receipts and old MOT's.
BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - daveyjp
Have a search on the BMW main dealer website and see if any similar cars are for sale. If they are and the price is close to yours you may need to reduce the price.
BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Mr Fox

There are loads of these 3 series around and your comment about 6 miles a day will put people off, see the thread about the DPF . . . .

Best to emphasise the good points and that its been carefully maintained, etc etc.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - CJay{P}

This is a petrol car, so no DPF.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Mr Fox

This is a petrol car, so no DPF.

Ooh yes excuse me I thought it was a 320D, so no issues with that then. ( or the fragile timing chains )

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - pd

The spec is a bit boring to be honest and if people are going to have a petrol 3-Series of this era they usually want a big engined one which doesn't use much more fuel or often cost any more to tax.

No leather, no nav and boring wheels means it doesn't really stand out amongst a sea of 3-Series for sale.

The truth is 95% of buyers of these cars don't give one whatsit about DPF's, service history, old MOT's etc. all that matters is colour, nav, leather and big wheels.

By book value it isn't overpriced - you're only just above CAP Clean but there just isn't a lot of reason for anyone to pick yours over many similar examples.

Be patient and somebody will come along eventually.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - pd

Apart from that few people will have access to £7k without invoking finance.

I don't knows about "few". Some will want finance yes, but if you sell cars for a while you quickly realise that many of the wealthiest people in the country do not have a bank account.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Cyd

only 7 mths MoT? I'd have thought typical private buyer would be looking for 11+mths.

Omly 1 interior pic

only 1 pic of a wheel - what about other 3?

tyre tread remaining?

are all thetyres Premium Contacts? say so!

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Cyd

Why not listed on eBay?

I didn't even bother with AT when looking for my Saab.

Oh, and make sure you get all the item specifics done if you want it to appear in searches.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - bazza

It's obviously a decent car but as GB and others say, it's a lot of money for a private sale and many folk will be buying with finance at that level. Psychologically safer and a bit more come-back on a retail purchase. You need to be sufficiently cheaper to make it worthwhile for someone to go for a private sale. You're not alone, I know someone with an 08 Golf GTDi who's been trying to sell since last March. at a similar price. I'm sure it will sell eventually but it's also a poor time of year, the weather is bad and you may have to be patient. Try putting it on a more specialist BMW forum.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - madf

I write of my first impressions of the ad: (please don't take offence.. just my impression)

Poverty spec

No leather

Only 1 interior photo what about the other wheels?

short MOT..

Typical private seller with no idea of how to sell it.

I suggest you read a few dealer ads and see how they present their cars and try and make it more inspiring. If I were a buyer, I would take one look and say "that seller is making it hard work" and go elsewhere.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Galaxy

Just had a very quick look.

I would certainly expect a car of that price to have a 12 month MOT.

Ad reads too much like a manufacturers brochure. You need to make your car stand out.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Collos25

Poor advert,short mot,way to expensive.

People want diesels petrols are very hard to sell.

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - pd

The problem with cars like a 3-Series is there is just so many of them about. There are probably 300 3-Series of 3-5 years old with an average of about 60k de-fleeted through the auctions every month or even week.

To sell one is not that easy because somehow it needs to stand out from the other hundred identical ones to make people think "that's the one for me".

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - The Gingerous One

Hi,

My views on the ad are similar to the others :

- too short Mot. get a fresh one on.

- too short tax, hock the current tax disc in (*without* making a SORN declaration!) and re-tax for a year.

- spare me the details about glistening paintwork, I would expect the car to glistening anyway

- knock £5 off the price so it's £6995, it'll come up in any searches "upto £7k" for example

- number of previous owners ? 1, 2 or 7 ?

- stamped service books don't mean that much to me, I'd like to see all the invoices. Are they all present ?

- remove the details about how you intend payment to be made. that's between you and the eventual buyer.

- finally, I agree, £7k is lot to pay privately.You need to tempt people into ensuring that buying from you is worth it for them, rather then buying a similar car from a dealer for a similar price.

I hope that helps ?

Stu

BMW 3 Series E90 - Can't sell my car! - Ed V

31,000 miles with only one service!

 

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