Technology has made car buying easier for consumers than ever before. One click on your computer can lead you to thousands of car options all across the country, allowing people to find the exact car they want at the right price. Moreover, people are able to browse an endless inventory of vehicles without leaving the comfort of their homes. As a seller, this can be to your advantage. These days sellers have access to a range of online sites that can help them sell their car privately, and for more money. These sites are beneficial because they bring a broader range of shoppers to your listing, increasing the chances that you will get your asking price. Gone are the days of placing an ad in your local newspaper. The internet has revolutionized the used car market and here are some of the best sites for selling your car online.
Autotrader is among the most popular online sites for buying and selling cars. Most people are familiar with the AutoTrader magazine that has been around for years, and now that same concept is available online. There are a few perks that make AutoTrader appealing to both buyers and sellers. For those looking to buy a car, it has an advanced search tool which helps them to find exactly what they are looking for. As a seller, you can take advantage of the listing package offer that comes with a money back guarantee, meaning that if you don’t sell your car, you won’t be charged for the ad. Furthermore, sellers also have the option of selling their car to a dealership or even getting an instant cash offer. This is great for people who want to sell their car quickly.
Cars.com ranks as one of the quickest ways to get a used car price estimate. Within seconds, you can get an instant price range for selling your car. You also have the option of getting a dealer appraisal, a quick offer, or placing an ad for a private sale. When you choose to use your own ad, you will reach around 13 million car shoppers each month, increasing your odds of getting your asking price.
3. eBay Motors
Ebay Motors is another great option for selling your car online. It’s a great platform for people looking to sell their car locally because there is no fee for local listings. If you prefer to list your car nationally, you can do so for a small fee. You also have the option to either list your car for a fixed price, or list it as auction. The auction feature means shoppers will bid on your car, which can be a great way to get more than your expected asking price.
4. Facebook Marketplace
Unlike many other online sites, Facebook Marketplace allows you to post a listing for your car at no cost. While you may not reach as many viewers with a free online listing, it can certainly save you some money that you would otherwise spend on listing fees. Facebook Marketplace allows you to post several pictures as well as a detailed description of your vehicle. This can be a great avenue for people who don’t want to pay for a listing, but still want to reach an online audience.
Craisglist has been around for years and is a great option for those looking to sell their car locally. You can easily create a listing with plenty of photos and deal with a low-stress sale. While you may not be able to reach a national audience, you will still be able to reach a number of viewers at no cost. This is a great place to start for those who want a simple sale process.
Hemmings is the perfect place for those looking to sell a collectible or classic car. This site is designed for car enthusiasts and it gives you the opportunity to reach millions of prospective buyers who are specifically interested in classic cars.
This is another awesome website for selling classic cars and exotic sports cars. It is auction-based like eBay Motors and the site charges $99 if you sell your car. However, cars tend to sell for higher prices thanks to the high-end clientele that shops this site.
CarGurus is among the most visited online car marketplaces in the country, so this is the place for sellers who want a lot of eyes on their listing. You can list your car for free, but you will pay a $99 fee if your car sells. Do be careful, though, because one of the site’s features is that it lets buyers know if your car is a good deal, a great deal, or overpriced. While this is great for buyers, sellers need to make sure they aren’t asking too much for their car.
This is a site where you can sell your car quickly and easily. If you want to get a quick offer for your car but you don’t want to deal with the hassle of figuring out delivery and transport, this is the place for you. While you may not get as much for your car as some of these other sites, the convenience alone might be enticing for many sellers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. 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.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.