Are you thinking about upgrading your car but you don’t want to deal with the hassle of a dealership trade-in? If so, you're not alone. Thousands of sellers flock to online websites to sell their vehicle. Online car shopping has become increasingly popular and the internet makes it easier than ever to find the right buyer for your vehicle. However, with so many used car websites out there, finding the right place to sell your car can be a challenge. If you are ready to part ways with your vehicle, here are some tried and true sites for buying and selling used cars online.
As the name implies, this is the place to go if you are looking to buy or sell a used car. This is a widely popular site for online car shopping and for good reason. They offer a wide range of vehicles so you can easily find what you are looking for and they also syndicate listings, making it easy to scan an even wider selection. They also offer sellers the option to make a quick sell to dealers, so if you need to sell your car quickly, you can.
Most people have flipped through an AutoTrader magazine at some point so it’s no surprise that their online site is just as popular. Their advanced search engine makes it easy to find the exact make and model you are looking for while there are also plenty of great options available for sellers.
You have probably heard of Craigslist but you might not be aware of their prominence in online car sales. It is a great place for sellers to list vehicles and with so many users, there are countless cars to choose from for buyers. It’s a great place for those who want a simple, hassle-free car buying experience.
AutoTempest is among the most popular sites for buying and selling used cars. It’s simple search engine makes it easy to navigate the site and search for the exact vehicle you want. It also links together other online car selling websites to help you find the best deal.
5. eBay Motors
What began as an online marketplace for various collectibles, toys, and household items has evolved into a popular site for online car shopping. Setting up a listing is easy and with so many users, there is a huge inventory of vehicles available for purchase. This is also a great option for buyers and sellers who are looking to do business locally.
Hemmings specializes in classic and collector cars so this is the place to be if you are looking to purchase or sell a classic car. It is very popular among collectors and car enthusiasts and sellers have the opportunity to reach millions of buyers.
7. Facebook Marketplace
Much like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace is an excellent option if you want to buy or sell your car locally. Listings are free and it's very easy to post your vehicle. Sellers also have the advantage of checking out the potential buyer’s profile to make sure they are legit.
Tred is an online car buying and selling site that features private sellers offering vehicles at low prices. It is popular among buyers because it includes added assurances like quality inspections and secured payment.
CarsDirect provides a simple and straightforward car buying experience. You can search for used cars within a specific area based on make, model, body style, and price. You can also purchase from a dealer or a private seller and you have the ability to submit an inquiry about any vehicle you are interested in. Private sellers can also utilize the site to reach a larger pool of buyers.
CarGurus allows sellers to create free listings, though they will be charged a nominal fee if the car sells via the listing. It might be worthwhile, however, considering there are nearly 20 million buyers on the site each month. It is also popular among buyers thanks to its unique feature which educates buyers about a vehicle’s true market value.
If you are looking for a site that truly puts the customer first, TrueCar is the place for you. They are dedicated to helping buyers get the best price possible for their car by offering a complete list of people that paid for the same model you are seeking. The experts notify of the fair market price to prevent you from overpaying. Sellers like it too because it is easier to sell your car on a trusted site.
Vroom is the perfect place for both buyers and sellers. They sell cars right on their site and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. They also cater to sellers looking for a quick sale for their vehicle by making an offer in 30 minutes or less!
If you are looking to sell your vehicle without the hassle of creating an ad, CarMax is the place for you. Although they typically ask you to visit a physical location for an appraisal, they will generally make you a cash offer on the spot for your vehicle. Buyers love the vast selection of used cars located anywhere in the country and they can make a purchase without the stress of haggling.
14. Bring a Trailer
This is another site specifically designed for auto enthusiasts. It is a great place for buyers and sellers interested in luxury vehicles, fancy sports cars, or rare antiques. While this is not the place for your traditional sedan, it is a great choice for anyone looking to buy or sell a unique used vehicle.
Many people are familiar with Carvana thanks to its recent increase in popularity. Buyers get to expand the search for their used vehicle across the country without having to worry about the hassle of having it shipped. Carvana makes the process of delivering your vehicle easy and convenient. If you sell your vehicle to Carvana, the process is just as easy. They will come and pick up your vehicle and hand you a check right there on the spot.
Michael starting working in car shipping over 20 years ago, in 2002; back in the days when fax machines ruled the roost, being the first name listed in the yellow pages was King and google wasn’t yet a verb. Sometimes he foolishly thinks he’s seen every situation imaginable when it comes to shipping a car, but about once a year he’s proven wrong.
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.