Having had some git come round to look at my Audi yesterday and try to pull a fast one on me I thought I'd post a thread on selling cars, the do's and don'ts. I'm not talking about the e-mail scams, these are when some one comes to look at your car.
1/ Never leave the keys in the ignition. If you start the car stay in it and take the keys out when you get out. If they start the car be sitting in it or have the car in a position where it can't be driven away.
2/ Keep the log book in the house out of sight NOT in the car although I would say its OK to keep the service history in the car.
3/ If the buyer makes and acceptable offer and you accept when it comes to filling in the paper work get proof of ID and address before you fill in the log book. (The twat that waisted my time last night said he was moving and could he take all the paper work with him and fill it in when he moves. Big, big no, no. He got shown the door..........politely)
4/ If the buyer wants to copy info of the log book (previous owners details and vin/engine No's for checking up on the car) do it inside the house.
5/ If they want a test drive if they have fully comp insurance they are only third party on your car at best. If you don't have your car insured then they aren't covered at all. This ones up to you to decide on the level of cover you think they need, they could get a proper 7 policy on your car. Go with them on the test drive and take your mobile with you. Don't accept there car keys as a deposit no matter how nice there motor is, they will have a spare set! Or worse could slip you a fake/dodgy set.
I know this sounds really over the top and until last night I would have agreed with you but its just not worth taking the chances. The guy that tried it on with me seemed like a nice chap, obviously not though. It was a bit strange that he knew very little about Audi's as well, alot of our cars are a bit specialist and not of interest to some bloke or girl that just wants a new car. They are more of an enthusiasts car. Be careful and good luck selling.