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How To Sell A Truck With Problems

old red rusty pickupTrying to sell your truck with mechanical, structural or electrical problems? You’ve got options. You may be wondering whether you should take the time to repair your vehicle or just sell it as-is.

The truth is, most of the time trying to repair your vehicle before you sell it will be a waste of money. Generally, the amount of value your vehicle will gain will not be equal to the amount it costs to repair a problem, even cosmetic damage.

Learn what you should do to sell a truck with problems in the sections below. Find out why selling to CarBrain may be the easiest and most reliable choice for you!

Find Out How Much Work Your Truck Needs

tired mechanic leaning on the back of a truckIf you’re thinking about selling your damaged truck privately, the first thing you should do is get an estimate of how much work the truck requires and how much it will cost.

If you’re going to sell to an individual, they will take the amount of work required into consideration when negotiating the price with you. If you have an actual estimate of what is required, you can prevent a buyer from undercutting you by exaggerating the cost of repairs.

The best thing to do may be to get quotes from multiple different shops. One mechanic may charge significantly more than another, causing you to overestimate the cost of repairing your vehicle.

Keep in mind that if your car is not driveable, you may only be able to describe the cost of repairs to a mechanic. This means that you may not get an accurate estimate. Try to describe the damage as thoroughly as possible. You may need to show pictures and videos to mechanics in person in order to get the best possible estimates.

Begin Advertising Your Vehicle

taking a picture by phone after a collisionOnce you have an idea of how much work your truck requires, you can subtract the cost from the general value of your car’s make and model and begin advertising it. You will need to take photos of your vehicle from all angles in order to accurately advertise it.

Once you have photos of your vehicle available, you must write a listing for the truck. In the listing, you should accurately describe the condition of the car. Do not try to downplay damage or minimize difficulties, as potential buyers will notice when they come to see the vehicle. This may cause them to lose trust in you and decide not to buy the truck.

Describe the vehicle’s make and model, its owner history, the damage it has and how it accumulated the damage. Offer to provide estimates from mechanics summarizing the cost of repairs to the vehicle in order to reassure potential buyers.

Once your listing is written, you should begin posting it online. This can include websites like Craigslist as well as Facebook Marketplace.


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Learn How To Find A Buyer

surprised man with arms spreadOnce you have posted your damaged truck online, you will need to start talking to buyers. In most cases, you need to vet the buyer to determine if he or she is serious. Additionally, they will generally want an opportunity to see the truck in person before buying.

You will have to schedule times for people to come by and see the vehicle. This means figuring out what time and date works for both you and the buyer. If you wait too long, the buyer may lose interest and go somewhere else.

In some cases, you may decide that rather than selling to a private individual, you would prefer to sell your truck online, to a scrap yard or to a junkyard. If you want to sell it to a scrap yard or junkyard, you will need to contact different yards in your area and ask for estimates. You may need to provide photos and the vehicle’s VIN number in order to get the most accurate pricing.

When talking to junkyards and scrap yards, you should always make a point to ask about any fees or costs. For instance, they may choose to charge a towing fee to transport your vehicle to the yard.

Selling Your Damaged Truck To CarBrain

three-dimensional graphic of a green dollar signThe easiest way to sell your damaged truck quickly and for a fair price is to get in touch with CarBrain. We specialize in buying less-than-perfect vehicles at fair market rates. We’ll take into consideration any work you’ve done on the vehicle, as well as its make and model.

At CarBrain, you can get a quote for your car in under 90 seconds. All you have to do is click “get an offer.” If you like the price, we can help you schedule a FREE pickup and FREE title transfer in under 48 business hours. When the tow truck driver arrives, he or she will hand the check directly to you.

If you’re not quite ready to sell, that’s okay too. CarBrain offers are guaranteed for seven days, so you have time to think it over. Once you are ready to sell, we’ll be ready to help guide you through the process. Best of all, there’s no hidden fees, no haggling and no fuss. CarBrain is the safe, modern and easy way to sell your damaged truck fast. Why wait? Click “get an offer” and get started today.

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