Used car sales—it ain’t what it used to be. Long gone are the days of having to stick a ‘for sale’ sign in your rear window, meet a stranger with a handful of cash, or drive around dozens of dealerships just to shift an old vehicle.
But for some folks there’s still a bit of skepticism—isn’t the internet a bit of a wild west…? Well, some of the popular platforms, like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace have less protection for buyers and you could find yourself dealing with potential scams.
However you choose to sell your car, we want you to stay safe, so we’ve put together a quick list of some common mistakes people make selling their used car online.
A common scam on sites like Craigslist is to be contacted by a potential buyer who then asks for your bank details. Do not share this information!
You’re advertising a car, not your house. Keep your home address private until you have found a potential buyer who you trust.
Same as above—to avoid getting spam phone calls, or being contacted by strangers, stick to using the in-platform messaging system until you have a trusted buyer.
This is a no brainer! Do you want to get a good price or not?
Always ensure you transfer the title properly when selling a car—you don’t want to find yourself liable for someone else’s parking tickets (and title jumping is a felony!).
Sometimes, it’s just not worth it.
In most cases, if you keep your wits about you, selling a car online goes without a hitch. But with Peddle you really can dive in knowing that you’re not going to lose any valuable time or money backtracking on a dodgy dealer.
We’re here to ensure you have the safest, smoothest, used car selling experience on the web.