Selling a car privately through Trade Me or a similar system takes time and effort, both of which are often underestimated, and can lead to frustrating results.
The listing process is often difficult and takes time to fill out accurately and engagingly. You’ll need to research the current marketing rate of your vehicle, take enticing listing photos, and write a caption worthy enough of a read.
After you’ve crafted the perfect listing, you’ll have to field the texts and calls from interested parties. You’ll need to open up your schedule, as people buying cars privately typically want to meet at inconvenient times. Then, prepare yourself for offers so low, you’re offended – or worse, the viewer doesn’t show up at all! You’ll also need to trust a stranger to test drive your vehicle and then sit through lengthy negotiations that may end fruitlessly. Now you get to do it all over again!
Even after you sell the vehicle, the buyer may return and demand a refund, with the claim that you sold them a lemon. How will you manage that interaction?