Selling your car can be a daunting task, plagued by too many confusing and untrustworthy options.
This post will walk you through the general process of selling your car online and some of the best alternatives in today’s marketplace.
Why Should I Sell My Car Online?
Selling your car online has numerous advantages, including the convenience, wider reach, and potential for higher sale prices.
Also, platforms like Autozen provide security and credibility, and prioritize customer satisfaction and safety.
In terms of convenience, a key advantage of selling your car online is that you can create a listing from the comfort of your home, eliminating the need to visit brick-and-mortar dealerships or go through the hassle of arranging multiple meetings with potential private buyers.
Another significant plus of online selling is the wider reach your listing gets. When you list your car you get immediate attention from potential buyers in your area. As a result, you have a higher chance of finding the right buyer quickly, compared to more traditional methods. Gone are the days when the bulletin board at the grocery store or an ad in the local paper was the best that you could do!
How Much Can I Sell My Car For?
Online selling presents the potential for higher sale prices.
But determining your car’s value can be a challenge.
There are many car value estimators online but most are unreliable in our experience. There are simply too many factors involved in determining the sale price.
But at Autozen, you get immediate support to determine a preliminary price for your vehicle by using our handy online car valuation tool. Then, after an Autozen representative has completed their walkaround, your car will be added to the next available online auction, and pre-approved professional buyers will place their bids. All you have to do is accept the highest offer!
Is Selling My Car Online Safe?
Addressing common concerns such as security and credibility is crucial in the used car marketplace. Autozen prioritizes customer satisfaction and safety.
Instead of the risks involved with setting up meetings with unvetted buyers, you will have one inspection visit with an Autozen expert, who will do a detailed examination of your vehicle and take it for a drive.
Because of our reputation, our pool of professional buyers will trust that the car is worth buying, and often for a higher price than you’d get by selling it yourself through Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, or Auto Trader.
How Does Autozen Help Me Sell My Car?
This section will provide a step-by-step guide on how to sell your car through Autozen. You will see that there is very little for you to do!
You don’t have to post an online listing, take pictures of your vehicle, manage communication with interested buyers, or set up appointments for test drives. Instead, Autozen will do all the work for you!
- Check Your Eligibility
We can’t guarantee you that your vehicle is eligible for our program, so check first to see if we can sell your car. For instance, if your car has more than 150,000 km on it, or is older than 2010, we won’t have enough buyer interest to bring it to auction. We don’t accept leased vehicles, but if you still owe money on your car loan, we can help you sell your car and clear your loan.
- Set Up Your Account
Start by opening an Autozen account.
- Estimate the Value of Your Car
Fill out the online form and get an instant estimate on the value of your vehicle.
- Book Your Walkaround
Your Autozen expert will give your car a thorough examination and take it for a short test drive. The whole process takes about 30 to 45 minutes at a location of your convenience. Once it’s passed this examination, Autozen guarantees buyers that the car’s condition is as advertised.
The Autozen rep will also take the photos that will be used in our listing, and perform an OBD2 scan to diagnose any issues with the onboard system. You will also have the opportunity to let them know any extras that you have, such as winter tires that can be included in the package.
- Sit Back and Wait for Offers
Seriously, that’s all you have to do.
Autozen will list your car in the next available online auction, and our pool of more than 150 professional, pre-vetted buyers from across Canada will have the opportunity to bid on your vehicle. We’ll send the best offer to your phone. You are under no obligation to accept it, but if you do, Autozen guarantees you that the offer won’t change once your car is delivered to the buyer.
- Let Autozen Take Care of The Rest!
It’s that simple. Autozen handles all the paperwork, picks up your car, and delivers the vehicle to the buyer. You get paid at the time of pickup, and we don’t even deduct anything from your price! Instead, the buyer pays us a small fee.
Do you notice what’s missing from this list? That’s right, almost everything that you would have to do when selling your car on your own!
You don’t need to…
- get a safety certificate
- pay for detailing
- take photos
- write an ad that’s going to attract buyers
- field the messages from not only serious buyers but also people who aren’t going to follow through
- set up meetings with buyers so that they can test-drive the car
- negotiate a price when you do get an offer
- complete the paperwork to finalize the sale.
And you may well end up selling your car for a better price through Autozen, with no fees deducted at your end!
Can I Sell My Car Directly to a Dealership?
Selling your car to a dealership is another viable option, but it is admittedly more work.
One of the primary advantages of course is convenience.
Dealerships are experienced in buying used cars, and they have streamlined processes in place to handle transactions quickly. You can simply take your car to the dealership, have it inspected, and receive an offer. If you accept the offer, you can often complete the sale on the same day, saving you time and effort.
Another advantage is that dealerships may be willing to purchase older cars with high mileage and some mechanical issues that would not be accepted by Autozen.
However, one potential disadvantage of selling your car to a dealership is the possibility of receiving a lower sale price than you would through Autozen. Dealerships typically aim to make a profit when reselling vehicles, so they may offer you a price below the market value of your vehicle. It's important to research the market value of your vehicle beforehand to ensure you have an idea of its worth and can negotiate effectively.
If you decide to go the dealership route, do your research first.
Look for dealerships that specialize in the make or model of your car as they may have a higher demand for it. Once you’ve decided who to talk to, prepare your car for inspection by cleaning it thoroughly, fixing any minor issues, and gathering all relevant documents such as the title, maintenance records, and service history.
Negotiation is a crucial aspect of selling your car to a dealership. Be prepared to negotiate the price and don't be afraid to walk away if the offer doesn't meet your expectations.
Research comparable cars in your area to support your negotiation and demonstrate the market value of your vehicle. Additionally, consider getting multiple offers from different dealerships to increase your chances of securing a fair deal. Right now, there’s a shortage of used cars, so you could do well if you play your cards right!
Can I Sell My Car Privately – Is this a Good Option?
If your car is too old for Autozen, and you’re looking to get the best possible price, listing your car on online platforms can expand your reach beyond your local area and connect you with potential buyers across a wider geographical range.
Platforms like AutoTrader, Kijiji, or Facebook Marketplace are popular choices for private sellers. These platforms often offer user-friendly interfaces and a large user base actively searching for vehicles.
Private selling gives you the opportunity to directly connect with potential buyers and negotiate the price, giving you more control over the transaction.
One of the significant advantages is the potential for a higher sale price.
By cutting out the middleman, you can avoid dealership markups and potentially attract buyers who are willing to pay a premium for your car. Private selling also allows you to tell the story of your car, highlighting its unique features, which can be appealing to certain buyers.
The list of tasks for private selling is a lot longer than selling through Autozen or dealing directly with a dealership. Including investing time and resources into cleaning and detailing your car, taking photos, writing and posting an ad, answering inquiries, and arranging viewings and test drives.
Private selling isn’t for everyone. You have to count on your own ability to create an accurate and compelling listing that effectively highlights the strengths of your car. You also have to do your research to set a competitive price. Once people start getting in touch, you have to be prepared to respond to inquiries promptly, even though some will not be from serious buyers.
Be cautious of potential scammers or low-ball offers, and take steps to protect your personal information during the selling process. It's essential to take precautions such as meeting in public places and verifying payment methods to protect yourself and ensure a safe transaction.
Selling your car to a dealership or through an online marketplace provides more control and potential for higher sale prices, but it requires more effort and caution.
On the other hand, going with an online platform like Autozen means a much less stressful experience for you, because we really do all the work for you!