The four best ways to sell your car —breaking down the pros and cons

Selling a used car can be a daunting task, especially if you're not sure where to start. With so many options available, from traditional dealership trade-ins to private sales and online auctions, it can be tough to determine the best course of action for your situation. One option that has gained popularity in recent years is selling your car online, which promises to simplify the process of selling a used car by providing a quick and hassle-free transaction. But is it really the best choice for everyone? In this blog, we'll explore the pros and cons of selling your used car through an ICO, dealership trade-in, private sale, and online auction site, so you can make an informed decision on how to get the most out of your vehicle.

Instant cash offer (ICO), dealership trade-in, selling privately or an online auction site? What's the difference?

1. Online Auctions

Online auctions happen in real-time just like a regular auction but it's all done online through a special bidding platform with a specific time limit. Registered buyers/bidders compete against each other to win your car.

Online auctions are good for:

  • Fair price without any of the work
  • Want to sell but still physically need their car
  • Those who have a loan

Online auctions are not good for:

  • Same day selling
  • Custom cars

2. Instant cash offer (ICO)

Using the ICO's basic questionnaire. you can receive an offer for your car from one nearby dealership. The offer is generated based on your car’s trade-in value and the details you provided.

PCOs are good for:

  • An initial value and a rough estimate of what your car is worth

  • Cars that need a lot of work done

ICOs are not good for:

  • Getting a fair price

3. Dealership trade-in

While selling your car directly to a dealer or trading it in can be quick and easy, you are at the mercy of the dealer since there is no competition and a high barrier to you to find other offers.

Dealerships are good for:

  • Quick transaction

  • Safety and security

  • If you plan to buy a car from the same dealership

Dealerships are not good for:

  • Stress levels and avoiding negotiation

  • Cars that need a lot of work done


4. Selling Privately

Selling privately can get messy and complicated. When using online platforms, you are responsible for it all. You'll put in a lot of time and effort with no real guarantee that your ad will be shown to an interested buyer, let alone receive a qualified offer.

Selling privately is good for:

  • Selling 'as-is'

  • Cars with mileage higher than 150,000

  • Older models (before 2010)

Selling privately is not good for:

  • Quick sales

  • Stress levels and avoiding negotiation

Ultimately, the best option for selling a used car depends on your priorities and preferences. By weighing the pros and cons of each method, car owners can make an informed decision that best fits their needs. Whether it's through ICO, a dealership trade-in, selling privately, or an online auction site, there are a variety of ways to successfully sell a used car and move on to the next vehicle.