Where should I meet someone when selling a car privately?

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You don't have to roll the dice when selling your used car online. It can be a risky business with oodles of hoops to jump through if you use traditional methods to hawk your ride. Whether it’s slapping a “For Sale” sign on the windshield or posting an ad on craigslist or Facebook, finding a potential buyer can be a crapshoot.

You have to put lipstick on that pig and clean every nook and cranny of the car. There’s also taking gobs of photos and wrestling with writer's block to squeeze out an exciting description of your not-so-exciting car. Not to mention the mudslide of messages you’ll get only to be ghosted or realize it's a scam.

Or you can skip all that noise and use Peddle.com. No carwash. No ads. No scams. No haggling. No stranger danger. No headaches. Peddle is a safe and easiest way to sell your vehicle online.

But if you decide to sell your car without using Peddle. Here are a few pointers on how to safely sell a car on your own by finding a safe spot to meet up with someone to swap your clunker for some coin.

public safety announcement

Meeting at your house might be the most convenient, but we suggest picking a place with good lighting, plenty of foot traffic, and security cameras. The safest way to keep your privacy secure is wheelin’ and dealin’ in public.

choose a safe location

Good places to meet up are public libraries, large retailers, or supermarkets. Even better places are banks and mall parking lots, and the best are police stations. SafteTradeSpot is a free-of-charge service that lets you choose a designated location at law enforcement offices where buyers and sellers can meet in public under surveillance to complete in-person transactions.

additional car selling safety tips

Bring a sidekick. It's not a bad idea to have a friend tag along. If you go solo, tell someone what you're doing and where you're going.

Share your location with your friends and family so they always know where you are.

Make sure you are meeting up during daylight hours.

Charge your phone before meeting a buyer.

Lastly, sell your old car using Peddle. There’s not a safety checklist to cross off. Just tell us about your car and get an offer in minutes. We’ll pick up your car as is for free and pay you on the spot.