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How To Sell Your Car Online While Practicing Social Distancing

focused woman sitting on bed with dog and taking notes from computerThe coronavirus has forced millions of people into social isolation in order to avoid catching or spreading disease. For many Americans, this means everyday life has changed drastically. If you have a junk car sitting in your driveway, you might think that you have to pause your search for ways to sell it until the pandemic comes to an end. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

Selling your junk car online allows you to find a buyer for your vehicle, schedule a pickup and get payment with minimal social interaction. You can complete the entire process from the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection and your car’s details. Read the sections below to learn why selling your car online is the best option for you.

Find out why CarBrain can get you the best price for your damaged car without risking your health. Scroll to the bottom of the article for a list of step-by-step instructions on the best way to sell your car online while protecting yourself from the coronavirus.

Standard Methods For Selling Your Car Should Be Avoided

two people stand facing each other with their arms raisedTypically when you want to sell your damaged car, you might try to find a private buyer or visit local dealerships and junkyards. However, with current government mandates and recommendations in place asking individuals to practice social distancing, it may be difficult to accomplish this right now.

Many businesses are temporarily closing or restricting operations in order to protect their customers and their employees from COVID-19. Your local dealership may not be willing to see you or your vehicle for some time. Salvage yards and junkyards could ask you to hold onto your property in order to avoid transmitting the infection.

Private individuals should avoid coming into contact with strangers. If you were planning on selling your car or its parts on the private market, you should hold back for at least the next few weeks. Depending on your financial situation, waiting to sell your car could be a major burden for you.

Explore Your Options For Selling Your Car Online

drawing of a surprised man at the sight of the hand coming out of the monitor holding a bag of moneyLuckily, you don’t have to hold onto your junk car while dealing with the impact of the coronavirus. There is a way to safely sell your junk car without breaking social isolation: selling it online! Selling your damaged car online allows you to find a buyer, get a price and arrange a pickup from your home.

You don’t have to meet up with buyers in person, let someone physically examine your car or visit public dealerships and junkyards in order to sell your car online. Instead, you can submit your car’s information, photos and VIN and get a quote fast. Then you can figure out when your online buyer can pick up your vehicle. The process couldn’t be easier!


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Learn Why Selling To CarBrain Is The Best Choice

man in a checked shirt holding a thumbs upCarBrain has been buying less-than-perfect vehicles online for over a decade. We purchase vehicles all over the contiguous United States, which means wherever you are, we can help you. All you have to do is click “get an offer” to find out what your car is worth.

It takes less than 90 seconds to get a quote when you fill out our online form. To get a guaranteed quote, include photos and a VIN. If you like the price we offer, you can schedule a pickup. We can help you schedule the pickup by email, text, phone or IM depending on your preference.

If you aren’t quite ready to sell for any reason, that’s okay. CarBrain quotes are guaranteed for seven days, so you have time to think it over. Once you’re ready, all you have to do is reach back out to our buyers to schedule the pickup. Additionally, all CarBrain offers include FREE pickup and FREE title transfer. You don’t have to worry about hidden fees or charges when you sell your damaged car to us.

We offer fair market prices based on your vehicle’s condition, year, make, model and trim. We’ll even take into account any repairs or upgrades you’ve made to your vehicles. You’ll get paid when the tow truck driver arrives to pick up your vehicle — no waiting, no fuss!

Junkyards and salvage yards will typically only take into account the value of the scrap metal in your vehicle, and private buyers will try to haggle you down to selling as cheap as possible. With CarBrain, there’s no haggling. Save yourself the headache and the risk.

How To Sell Your Junk Car To CarBrain While Avoiding The Coronavirus

a person in work clothes cleaning the door handle of a carWant to sell your junk car quickly and easily while maintaining social distancing habits? Learn how to get it done with CarBrain.

  1. Start by getting a quote from our website. It takes less than 90 seconds, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Include pictures of the car you’re selling as well as its VIN.

    NOTE: You can find your vehicle’s VIN on its title, on the driver’s side dashboard or on the door frame by the driver’s seat. It is a 17-digit combination of numbers and letters unique to your vehicle.

  2. Contact our buyers by phone, text, email or our web chat service to schedule a FREE pickup time for your vehicle. In most cases, we can schedule a pickup for your vehicle.

  3. Wait for the tow truck driver to arrive at the scheduled time. If possible, sanitize your vehicle before pickup by washing it, focusing on areas like the dashboard and the door handle. If not possible, don’t worry — you can skip this step.

    NOTE: Sanitize your keys! You can use hand sanitizer or simply wash them with soap and water. Use a sanitizing wipe on any electronic fob keys.

  4. When the tow truck driver arrives, hand over your keys, sign over your car title and accept the check. If you’re concerned, you can wear gloves to accept the check. Avoid shaking hands with the truck driver.

  5. Once you receive the check, put it in an envelope and wash your hands again, then cash it at your earliest convenience. If you used gloves, dispose of them. Congratulations — you’ve sold your car, gotten paid and protected yourself from COVID-19.

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