Are you selling your car online for the first time, and feeling a bit overwhelmed? We’ll make the process easy as pie. Here, we’ve dived into the most common concerns first time online car sellers have. Selling it doesn’t have to be a challenge – it can be simple and straight forward when you know what to expect.
Be Prepared to be Flexible
Even when your vehicle is in demand, expect a bit of scrutinization before the buyer signs on the dotted line. If you take your car to Carvana for example, an inspector will examine your vehicle from head to toe and mention things (minor dings on the door, stripped paint, etc.) which may decrease the value of your car. Keep in mind this is normal.
If you think they’re lowballing you (compare it to the value you can reference in Kelly Blue Book), walk out. Take it somewhere else and compare prices before you commit.
Choose the Best Website
When it comes to selling your vehicle, you have some options. Here’s a few of the best:
- CarGurus. If you go with this website, you won’t have to pay anything to list your vehicle, but you will have to pay them an $99 fee if you sell it.
- Facebook Marketplace. As one of the newest online car retailers, it offers its pros and cons. To sell through Facebook, you’ll need a Facebook account and will have access to the buyer’s profile so it’s less anonymous than Facebook. It’s also a free platform for selling, just like CarGurus.
- Bring-a-Trailer. Do you have a classic car you want to sell but aren’t sure where to post it? List it on Bring-A-Trailer, who offers classic car enthusiasts to its site frequently (so you can expect lots of passionate buyers!) It’s free to post, and a $99 fee when you sell.
Selling your car doesn’t have to difficult when you know what to expect and where to sell it. In fact, it can even be stress-free! If your buyer needs the car shipped, we’ve got you covered! With over 600 5-star online reviews and an iron-clad guarantee, we’re America’s favorite car shipping company. Fill out our online contact form to receive a quote in minutes!
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.