Know the comps for your car
The first step is to understand what cars like yours are selling for right now. Search our Markets to view recent sales for similar vehicles – including sales history, mileage, and other data points that will help you evaluate market value. We recommend “following” the market that is relevant to your make/model to stay on top of new listings and sale prices.
What type of sale is right for you
Once you’ve determined your ideal selling price and timing, the next step is to determine how and where to sell your car – by auction, through a dealer, or through private sale. Below is a breakdown of each option and the primary pros and cons of each.
Find venues that have sold similar cars
On the Market page for the make/model of your car, you can see where the highest or most frequent sales occur. This will give you a great starting point on who to contact about selling your car. See the links lower in this article to connect directly with an auction house.
|Type of Sale||Pros||Cons|
|Online auction||Typically the quickest turnaround from when you apply to when your car sells. Sales happen daily.||Many buyers are still wary of buying high-end cars online, although that is changing every day.|
|In-person auction||Buyers are able to see your car in person. If you have a highly collectable car that will benefit from inspection, this is a great choice.||Periodic events mean that you may need to wait a few weeks, or even a few months, until the sale takes place.|
|Dealership||Experts can help you to find the right buyer for you.||Typically you will pay a higher fee to a dealer, than you will to an auction.|
|Private sale||You have the most control over how the car is marketed, and pay the least amount of fees.||Limited marketing reach and lots of extra work for busy people.|