What is the story of the vehicle?
This is a chance to stand out from the crowd. Why is your vehicle better than the others and what is unique about it? Why is yours slightly more expensive than others listed that look the same? Always start the description with the unique information, not generic. The unique information includes things such as:
Make sure that you don't lie about the car's condition but do include all the plus points such as one owner, always garaged etc. Buyers love photos so try to include as many as you can.
Make sure the ad is a realistic representation of the car. Potential buyers aren't going to hang around if the car is nothing like the ad, and you could do without your time wasted as well.
Make sure you are as descriptive as possible with the make and model of the car, year model, colour and the kilometres it has done. Also, be sure to mention if the car has any extras fitted, as they can be extra tempters to a buyer.
With internet ads, make sure you show as much of the car as possible. Pictures are worth their weight in gold when advertising a used car. Clear and sharp photos will provide a better impression than a description alone - and the more the better.
And don't hide the car's faults in photos - buyers will feel better about dealing with you if you are honest and open. It'll save them time - and you. Below are some examples of bad descriptions followed by good.
These descriptions say nothing specifically individual about the vehicle and are vague or generic.
This description tells the story of the vehicle. It distinguishes what makes it different to another of its make and model. This is the Added Value that will attract the buyer’s attention to enquire. N.B When the search and browse results are displayed, only the first 240 characters of the description are displayed. Therefore the first 240 characters need to be unique in order to draw the viewers attention to then entice them to find out more information.
Note: If a potential buyer sends you an email, it is critical that you reply quickly to keep them interested; which will increase the chances of you making the sale. So make sure you are checking your email regularly. This is just as important for your phone messages.