whats the best way to sell my car to someone across the country? do they pay when the shipping guy comes for the car?


Asked by Aug 05, 2014 at 11:07 PM

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someone wants to buy my car, they live 2000 mles away.  how does the deal go down typically?  he will use a transport company to move the car.

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I've bought cars long distance twice. Encourage the buyer to have the car professionally inspected. Once you and the buyer agree on a price make it clear that you will only accept certified funds (a bank draft, certified check, cashiers check, or tellers check). Make it clear to the buyer that you will NOT release the title or the car until the check clears your bank! The buyer is responsible for shipping arrangements and all costs incurred by the shipping company. Be willing to work with the shipping company and make the car and yourself available when the car carrier arrives. You and the driver will inspect the car one last time before he loads it onto the car carrier. Any scratches, dents, dings, etc. will be noted on his bill of lading (BOL) and you both will sign off on it. You'll want to have already sent the buyer the title via certified mail or overnight mail. Keep copies of everything until the seller has notified you of receipt of the vehicle, title, and keys. This includes emails, texts, etc. Again, do NOT release the car or title until you have full payment for the car! HTH. -Jim

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BINGO! Jim is spot on. Wait for the check to clear. Lots of scammers out there. Don't become a victim.

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