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IELTS Letter, topic: Asking a friend if he would like to buy your car

This is a model response to a Writing Task 1 topic from High Scorer’s Choice IELTS Practice Tests book series (reprinted with permission). This answer is close to IELTS Band 9.

Set 2 General Training book, Practice Test 9

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend of yours has always admired your car. You have now decided to sell it. Write a letter to your friend to ask if he is interested in buying your car.

In your letter,

– explain why you are selling your car
– describe the good points and any bad points about your car
– suggest the friend visits you to see and drive your car

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Tim,

Sample Band 9 Letter

Dear Tim,

I have decided to sell my car and I remember you being interested in it in the past. We are taking some time off to travel as a family, so we will be buying a caravan which requires a car with a bigger towing capacity. I am wondering whether you are still looking to buy a car and if mine would suit your needs.

My car is now seven years old and therefore has a few drawbacks that you should be aware of. First of all, the radio is not adapted to modern standards. I know that you like to listen to electronic and bass music, so this may not satisfy you. Also, the seats are visibly damaged in the back, as my kids have sat there most of the time, but this is repairable.

Otherwise though, the car is in excellent condition and I am sure that, besides the radio, you will be pleased with its properties. It drives very well and will get you through the most stressful drive to work or an enjoyable holiday trip with success.

Just call me or write back if you would like to know more. I hope to see you soon if you would like to inspect and test drive my car!

Best wishes,


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