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Selling your car online can be an easy way to find a local buyer or cast a wider net.
From large online marketplaces to local listings, you have many options when it comes to selling your car online — and each site comes with its own unique offerings.
Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of a handful of car-selling sites to help you decide which one is best for you.
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Autotrader: Offers a lot of extras
Part of Cox Automotive, Autotrader’s online vehicle inventory features more than 3 million new- and used-car listings from 40,000 dealers and 250,000 private owners.
Extra features and options
Autotrader offers a lot of extras, including buying and selling tips, tools to research and compare vehicles, vehicle history reports and help with finance, insurance and warranty programs. And when you list your car on Autotrader, your listing automatically appears on Kelley Blue Book’s website too.
Get a cash offer
If you’re looking for a potentially quick and easy way to sell or trade in your car, Autotrader’s free Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer program may be a great option. Just fill out some basic information about your vehicle to check for a local car dealer’s offer, which is good for three days (not counting Sundays).
If the offer looks good to you, take your car to the participating dealer within that three-day time frame. The dealer will verify your information, and if everything checks out, you’ll get cash for your vehicle or a trade-in credit that can be applied to the purchase of another car.
Cost to list car
It’s free to sell or trade in your car to a dealer through Autotrader. But if you want to use its marketplace to sell to a private party, you’ll have to pay. There are three packages, ranging from $25 for a basic listing to $90 for the premium package.
Each package includes photos and the ability to see how many shoppers have checked out your car. If you want extras, like a Carfax vehicle history report or additional photos, you can add them a la carte or spring for the premium package.
eBay Motors: Two ways to sell
EBay Motors is part of eBay, a global online marketplace that has been around for more than 20 years. The site includes new and used vehicles, motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicles.
Ready and willing buyers
A recent survey of car buyers found that shoppers using eBay Motors have a higher intent to purchase versus other platforms, according to eBay. In fact, eBay says that a car or truck is sold on its site every three minutes.
Two ways to sell
With eBay, you can choose to sell your car via auction or with a fixed-price listing. With an auction, you may end up getting more than expected for your car if multiple bidders are interested. But with a fixed-price listing, you get to set the price.
You have to arrange payment and title transfer
While some car-selling sites offer secure transactions for collecting payments, you’ll need to determine which types of payment you’ll accept and handle those transactions yourself. And you’ll also be on the hook for transferring the vehicle’s title to the new owner.
Cost to sell
Unless you sell cars often — more than six per year — eBay won’t charge a listing fee. But if your vehicle sells, you’ll have to pay what eBay calls a “successful listing fee.” If your vehicle sells for $2,000 or less, expect to pay $60. A sales price over $2,000 will cost you $125 in fees.
Note that if you sell a powersport vehicle under 50cc, you’ll be charged a successful listing fee of $10 regardless of how much you sell it for.
And regardless of whether your car sells, you’ll be charged fees if you choose any listing upgrades like a 30-day listing or a reserve price (the minimum amount you’ll accept on an auction listing).
Craigslist: Works best for local listings
Selling on Craigslist is similar to using your newspaper’s classified ads — you list your car on one of Craigslist’s local sites for cities across the U.S. and around the globe.
Craigslist recommends that you sell locally to help avoid scam attempts it sees on its site. While doing this can help you stay safe and protect you from potential scams, it can also limit the number of eyes on your listing.
Consider your safety
In addition to warning buyers and sellers about potential scams, Craigslist also encourages its users to take some safety precautions. These include meeting potential buyers in a public place and telling a friend where you’re going or having them accompany you.
Cost to sell
Craigslist may not offer extras like tools for sellers or the ability to sell to a dealer, but at just $5 for a 30-day vehicle listing, it can be an affordable option for selling your car.How to sell a car on Craigslist: 5 things to know
CarGurus: Seller tools and support
Founded in 2006 by the co-founder of TripAdvisor, CarGurus features more than 5 million listings, powerful data analytics and vehicle history reports.
Support throughout the entire process
CarGurus helps eliminate some of the hassle that comes with selling a car. It provides dedicated support from start to finish, from helping sellers easily calculate an asking price to assisting with the bill of sale and title-transfer paperwork. CarGurus will also work with your lender to release the title if you’re still making payments on the car you want to sell.
For sellers who want to sell their car quickly, CarGurus can provide cash offers. And it’ll even pick up your car as soon as the next day.
When you sell on CarGurus, funds are verified. Payments are processed as part of a secure online transaction, with fraud protection of up to $75,000. This means no worrying about cash transactions or dealing with bank checks.
It doesn’t cost anything to list your car on CarGurus. If your car sells, you’ll be charged $99. If you choose not to sell your vehicle through the site, you won’t be charged. If you do list your car and it doesn’t sell, you won’t be charged for that either.
Cars.com: Quick dealer offers
Cars.com launched in 1998 and is an online marketplace designed to connect car sellers with buyers. The site works with individuals who want to sell as well as dealers.
Sell to a dealer or private party
If you want to sell your car quickly, consider selling it to a dealer using Cars.com’s Quick Offer feature. In just three days, you can receive up to four dealer offers online. If you like an offer, select it and you’ll get a voucher to take with you to the car dealer to close the sale.
But if you’re looking to get the most money for your car and you aren’t in as much of a hurry to sell it, you can place a free listing that will reach 13 million buyers per month on the Cars.com classified listings.
Get cash for a junk car
If you need to sell a vehicle that has extensive damage, is missing paperwork or is inoperable, you may be able to sell it through Cars.com’s partner site, Peddle. Peddle will assess your vehicle and may even give you some cash, depending on the car’s condition.
Cost to list car
Selling to a dealer through the Quick Offer feature is free, and so is a 30-day basic listing. But if you want additional features to help your car sell faster, you may want to upgrade.
The company’s plus package will run you $20 and includes more photos, a 60-day listing, free renewals and a listing-view report. Upgrade to the $49 premium package for even more photos, a 150-day listing and a free Carfax report.
With so many online marketplaces to choose from, it’s a good idea to check each one out to help you find the best car-selling site for your situation.