6 Mistakes people make selling their used car online

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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.

These days more people than ever are choosing the 21st century option and are selling their car online. If you sell your car to Peddle we’re here every step of the way—it’s quick, safe and hassle free. And if you do hit a bump we’ve got zippy customer service on call to get you on your way.

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.

giving out banking information to potential scams

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! 

listing their home address for test drives

You’re advertising a car, not your house. Keep your home address private until you have found a potential buyer who you trust. 

giving out their phone number for the world to call or text any time

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. 

adding “OBO” after the price, inviting low-ball offers

This is a no brainer! Do you want to get a good price or not?

failing to complete a bill of sale to transfer the title

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!).

investing significant time or money making repairs to the vehicle before sale

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.