‘How should I sell my Saab convertible to get the most money?’

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Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars where, as well as responding to readers’ queries, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars, together with articles on buying and selling. 

His knowledge of the used car market informs his many buying guides relating to the best buys in particular sectors, with an emphasis on value for money.  Every week he will answer your questions on buying and selling, as well as solving your car problems, whether consumer or mechanical.

Do you have a motoring dilemma you’d like our expert to solve?  For consumer and used car advice, or car faults, email [email protected] and include your subscriber number. This week’s question… 

Dear Alex,

I want to sell my 2002 Saab 9-3 Convertible but I am confused by the number and variety of websites offering to buy it. What would be the best way to sell it, with the least hassle but getting the most money?

– JT

Dear JT, 

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for these old 9-3s – in fact, I own a coupé (read: three-door hatchback), so your email raised a smile. In fact, I’d be tempted to offer to take your convertible off your hands if I had the space. But I don’t, so to the open market it must go.

Normally I’d say the easiest way to get a no-hassle sale at the best price is to try one of the dealer auction websites, like Motorway. These companies offer your car to a selection of dealers nationwide – and whoever bids the most for it gets to take it away.

You won’t get as much as you would from a private sale this way, but you tend to get slightly more than the part-exchange value – although that’s only the case if there are enough dealers interested in what you’re selling. And that means something relatively modern and relatively mainstream which, frankly, your Saab isn’t.

You could try a classified ad on Car and Classic, too. In my experience, this site’s audience of knowledgeable enthusiasts means you’re less likely to be messed around, or subject to speculative lowball offers from people who haven’t even seen the car, than you would be if you put a classified ad on eBay. Oh, and the less said the better about using an eBay auction for a car of this sort of value – I reckon you’d get a lot of hassle from chancers looking for a bargain; also the chances are high of the auction being won by a bidder who later backs out.

I think your best bet in this case, however, might be to consign it to one of the many auction houses that specialise in modern classics. Yes, it’s a bit new to qualify as such, but plenty of cars similar to yours – quirky, affordable and likely to spark the interest of enthusiasts – pass through their hands with great success. Anglia Car Auctions and Barons are probably the two that fit your car the best. They are who I’d try first if I were you; in fact, I’ll probably send my Saab to one of them when my time with it is up.