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Using Carswitch has been a total waste of my time, money, hassle, email and storage space.
Carswitch Review - TOTALLY DISAPPOINTING.
There has been another thread here where a lot of people discussed and debated if Carswitch is real or scam or not, so I thought of testing this new car selling service myself while selling my Range Rover to write a detailed review on Carswitch to help other car owners.
Read my full review with 10 reasons before thinking of using Carswitch.com by yourself, so your expectations are set to reality than what they advertise and promote themselves as No 1. car selling site in Dubai.
First they charge 100 Dhs (earlier 300 Dhs) to come and take pictures and list your car in Carswitch.com.
Then Carswitch charges below commission if they can sell your car at the value you expect: Sound interesting (only this point).
And I'm sure because of this kicker plenty of car owners must be falling in the trap, I will explain it soon.
Carswitch Commission Structure
2,100 AED for less than 50,000 car value 2,625 AED for 50,000 - 89,000 car value 3,150 AED for 90,000 and above car value Condition: If you overprice the car to add commission then you also need to change price in other classified sites.
So I decided to list my car with carswitch on 20, Aug 2019:
2012 Range Rover Vogue Supercharged
Autobiography Kit from dealer
GCC Spec, Full options
Full Service History from Al Tayer
Odometer: 70,750 kms
Expecting 89,000 AED, while dealers are advertising similar car with low kms for 110K and no private seller was selling similar car with low kms at the time of advertising.
Carswitch was very effective in pre-sales follow up and called me 3 times to remind and agree on time, to list the car.
Finally Carswitch listed my car on 20th Aug 2019 for 89,000 Dhs, but with a with a wrong title.
Sent a mail to correct the title but no one replied till 8 days. (yeah, lost 8 days). Copy to various other email as well and title got changed, but now with another mistake. After couple of more emails, finally correct title has been displayed with little restriction. WRONG TITLE
CORRECT TITLE AFTER 8 DAYS
Here are my reasons for calling Carswitch.com totally disappointing for car sellers:
If they are car experts, then how can they mess up between names/editions that come with a price difference of 100K when new?
Range Rover Sport Range Rover HSE Range Rover Vogue Range Rover Vogue Supercharged Range Rover Autobiography
After listing the car and accepting the money, they didn't answer the email for 8 days, very bad customer service.
As soon as they listed the car with agreed amount of 89,000 I started getting the recommended price sms, emails and backend notifications to reduce the price to 74,000 as that's the right market price - I am not sure either they were quoting me for wrong Range Rover or they love to brainwash people, so I'd reduce fast and they'd make a sale to get their commission.
Asking seller to reduce 15,000 (17%) from the asking price within 1 day of listing is quite a hit for any car seller, who invested time and money so they can competently fetch the right buyers at fair market price.
On the day I listed my car with Carswitch, the back-end was showing instant cash offer of 65,000 dhs. After two weeks I reduced to 85,000 to be in line with other used car sites then backend started showing me 56,000 dhs. So that means their instant cash offer is automatically synced with whatever you ask. They will slash 24-29K of your listing price without using any common sense or logic of car depreciation.
So this is basically Sellanycar, Sellcargetcash cloned site but in disguise.
All Google and network adverts they were running were using a wrong title (Vogue instead of Vogue Supercharged) and/or displaying my car with wrong league of competition. Wasting their own money with lack of intelligence or car details.
Why would anyone click on a 85K car if a 67K is there but it's a Sport instead of a Vogue Supercharged ?
Totally different animal and year. Good idea of fetching customers through Google ads, but applied ineffectively.
If they are charging 2600dhs commission to run Google ads, then we can also do this by ourselves and get buyers, and only show one car to increase the chances than 3 in a carousel. Probably we will get good potential buyers in 1000dhs ad-spend if you know how to target Facebook and Google advertising with YouTube tutorial in less than an hour and keep on tweaking ad daily.
Again its advertised with wrong title in many places.
Being a Vogue, it's overpriced.
Being a Vogue Supercharged, very well priced.
Few places ads were running without a title even, and when anyone click on the page it goes nowhere.
Clicking on above Vuukle advert by Carswitch lead to site can't be reached.
After all this ad-spend and showing in their website they fetched 273 views in 1 month, zero calls and zero viewing. I placed same advert in Carnity that has fetched 579 views and 5 calls and 2 viewing from original buyer. I also placed an ad with Dubizzle, Dubicar, Yzer, Yallamotors etc.
Their website has no relevant sub category as Vogue, let alone Supercharged, so your ad will always show with low cost, not rightly competing cars when searching with top level car name. So if you have a special type of car or spec, you will lose out even more.
Their website interface doesn't allow owners to edit much of the details and you are at the mercy of back-end operators who don't answer emails and cause delays in selling your car. That's how it took me 8 days to change to correct title to: Range Rover Vogue Supercharged.
Hope this review helps you to save some money and time in false expectations of fetching you the best value - false advertising, when from day 1 till day 25 they were pestering me to reduce price several times and brainwashing me by showing low price cars.
If you don't know the real value of your car, spec, age and km, you might fall in this trap and sell it for low.
Finally I sold my "Range Rover Vogue Supercharged for 83,000 AED on 18 Sep 2019.
I had two close offers, one was 82K with a bank loan from Carnity advert and 83K cash buyer from Dubizzle.
More than 500,000 used cars are listed every year online on UAE car selling portals. So every time you plan to sell your used car that figure is your competition. So how does one go about selling used car quick and easy ? I have been asked this question more than 100 times in my life in Dubai, UAE and that's why I thought of writing this article and keep sharing and using it for others to help. In last 3 years I have bought and sold more than 7 cars for myself, my friends and family. Selling your old car can be pretty daunting task if you don’t know how to sell. Of course, even if it’s an old car a buyer will surely look on all of its aspects. With that, you have to make sure that your car is in good shape and proper working condition overall. You need to make sure that your buyer will be impressed with the first looks. Remember strongly that while selling softer tone, cooperative approach and friendly behavior will help. If you can't adopt any of these three things, sell your car at car dealer for quarter the price.
Make Sure Your Car Look Awesome: They say dont judge a book by its cover, but in case of a used car its always judged by its looks. No matter how powerful your engine is or awesome your music system sounds if your car is not presentable from outside, there is a chance that the buyer might not even open your door. To do so you’ll probably spend some cash for detail cleaning, washing and some minor repairs. These all are necessary to make your car as good as new. More than 75% of car buyers always look for car that has no immediate cost and they can reliably use the car from the date of purchase.
For placing an online advertisement make sure cars is extremely clean and drive off to spacious parking lot and take lot of pictures with the best phone or real camera you got. Post the ad with best 8-10 pictures showing all exterior and interior angles. Highlight any flaws, dents or scratches in picture, be more realistic and honest. This way you will filter the picky buyers and save lot of time in viewing. Always remember, the price is what draws peoples attention, but the description and photos is what causes them to call your number.
Show the Love, Bond and Good Memories: Emotions sells better than anything else. So share your best car stories with the buyer, show your love, attachment and bond with the car that gives the new buyer a confidence in buying a car from a careful and loving owner. Share the story of you and your spouse had really good drive-time, kids love it completely and going to miss this ride, etc. This shows that you kept the car as a family member and not just a piece of machine and pushed it hard for having fun. What I meant is to show the love, if you really have it, but don’t fake it.
Be Honest and Transparent with Full Car Service History: Last but not least, this alone is the key game-changer point that many owners don’t know the value of showing the detail car service history to a new buyer. If you have the dealer car service history, then it’s easy to show the records on booklet with stamps or receipts. If car is out of warranty and you have maintained the car with reputable workshop, then show all the service details and recent repair bills (if you have it). This builds the immense trust and helps you sell the car in NO-TIME. When done preparing your car, it's time to find potential buyers. Of course, even when I say it is to sell your car fast, you still need to be patient and wait for people to respond to your ads. Moreover, so that your advertisement will be really effective you should share it on the Social media and you might have to repost it sometime for more people to see. Fortunately, with all your efforts, someone will be interested and you can get the best price for the deal.