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It’s fast, free, and oh-so-easy.

  • Step 1

    Get an instant offer

    Just enter details like VIN and mileage, and we’ll get you the best offer from our dealer network in under two minutes.

  • Step 2

    Have your car picked up

    Simply schedule a time that works for you and we’ll come to get your car. No sweat.

  • Step 3

    Get paid

    We'll send you payment within two business days via direct deposit.

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Super easy transaction

11/9/2022

Great experience. Super fast and easy transaction. And I got more than I expected for my van. Highly recommended.
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Easy - Peasy!

11/7/2022

Honestly, I was a little worried about how easy they made the sale sound. Pleasantly surprised! Flawless transfer! Great price!
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Fast and pretty easy

11/6/2022

We were rushed to sell our car before leaving the country, and the CarGuru's process made it easy.
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Incredible process.

11/2/2022

This was the easiest car transaction that I have ever made. It was extremely professional, informative, efficient, and satisfying. I would recommend considering it to anyone who wa [...]
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11/2/2022

Offer was above what i expected, easy transaction with great communication. Fast and painless
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Car Selling Made Easy

11/2/2022

From the offer to the pickup of my vehicle, CarGurus made what can be a stressful process absolutely seamless. The representatives with whom I dealt were professional and proficien [...]
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Easy and fast to sell!

10/31/2022

They gave me an offer, car was gone in 4 days. Money was in my account by midnight. Easiest way to sell a car!
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I checked the various car buying services, and CarGurus gave the best price. The pickup was fast and efficient. And they had the flexibility to reschedule the pickup at the last mi [...]

Why get an instant offer vs. selling it yourself?

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7-day sale time

vs. 20 days when you sell it yourself.*

Firm offer

vs. negotiating with shoppers.

Free pickup

vs. coordinating a drop-off.

*On average according to our private listing data.

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Articles, advice & resources

Reviewing Instant Cash Offers for Your Car

Reviewing Instant Cash Offers for Your Car

by Chris Teague

Instant cash offers really are almost instant, and they can help you get a good price for your car without leaving home. Every program is a little different, and there are several to choose from, so let’s take a look at how the services work.

What Paperwork Do I Need to Sell my Car?

What Paperwork Do I Need to Sell my Car?

by Natalie Harrington

There are more options than ever for selling your car, but no matter which you choose, you're going to need certain paperwork.

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Car

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Car

by Tim O'Sullivan

Knowing when to sell your car isn't always easy. Here are five great tips to help you decide when to move on and start shopping.

How To Sell a Car You Haven't Paid Off Yet

How To Sell a Car You Haven't Paid Off Yet

by Matt Smith

It is possible to sell a car you owe money on. Here's how, along with the pros and cons of selling a car you haven't paid off yet.

How To Sell Your Car Online

How To Sell Your Car Online

by Matt Smith

Selling your car online is easier than ever these days, whether you opt to sell privately or get a CarGurus instant cash offer.

Frequently asked questions

What states support instant offer?

Supported states

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Not yet supported

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

How does the offer process work?

First, we’ll have you enter some basic details about your car like its Plate/VIN, mileage, and condition. If everything checks out, we’ll send you the best offer, sourced from thousands of dealers. Once you accept, we’ll have you upload a few documents to prove you own the car. Then, you’ll schedule a pickup time. On pickup day, a driver will come get your car and you’ll get paid. Easy peasy.

How do you determine my offer?

Our offer matrix tracks demand from dealers nationwide in real time. We use that offer matrix to identify dealers interested in your car, and send you an offer from the dealer that will pay you the most.

How long is my offer valid for?

Your offer will be valid for 7 days or after driving 250 additional miles (whichever comes first).

What are my payment options and when do I get paid?

To receive your payment, we recommend linking your bank account through our secure portal. This will be the fastest and easiest way for you to receive your funds. If your bank isn't compatible with our system, we offer a check as an option, as well.

If bank transfer is selected, payment will be received in 1-3 business days.

If check is selected, then it will be delivered as early as the time of pickup. Please note, you will have to wait for confirmation of check activation before depositing. Additionally, some banks have deposit limits and may hold the funds for multiple days before they're deposited in your account.

Will I always receive an offer?

Some cars won't be eligible for an offer. Reasons include branded titles, extensive damage, high mileage, old age, exotic or rare models, non-drivable condition or no local interest.

If your car has any of these issues, it's possible you won't get an offer. You can still list your car and we'll guide you through the process.

Can you sell a car without a title?

Among other things, a vehicle title shows proof of vehicle ownership, and if there are any outstanding liens against the vehicle. That makes the title an important and necessary document when selling a car. Rules around car titles vary by state, but—generally speaking—if you’ve lost your vehicle’s title, it should be possible to obtain a replacement by contacting your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Note, obtaining a new title invalidates a car’s old title.

There are other reasons why you might not be in possession of your car’s title, such as if the car still has a lien against it, or if it was bought from a previous owner that didn’t have the title. Our guide to how to sell a car without a title explains what to do in these scenarios.

Can you sell a car with a lien?

It is possible to sell a car that you haven’t finished financing, but only if you can settle the outstanding auto loan with the lender, who in turn will then release the car’s title (assuming they hold it—this varies by state). Note, the amount owed is unlikely to be as simple as multiplying your monthly payment by the number of months left to run on the loan. Instead, you’ll need to contact your lending institution to establish your payoff amount and arrange to settle that figure before you can sell your car. Alternatively, if you trade in your car, the dealer will guide you through the process of settling the loan as part of the purchase of your next vehicle. For more information, see our guide: How to Trade in Car That Isn’t Paid Off.

Do you pay taxes when you sell a car?

The rules and laws on what taxes you pay when selling your car to a private party vary by state (and in some cases even by city). The most important thing to know is that you only pay tax on any profit made from the car sale. If you sell a car for less than you paid for, it there’s no sales tax to pay. However, if you sell your car for more money than you paid for it, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) considers that a capital gain, and you’ll need to report it when you file your federal and state income taxes. Only after that will you know if you owe any taxes. For more information, read out full guide: Understanding Taxes When Buying a Selling a Car

Does selling a financed car hurt your credit?

If you’re worried that selling a financed car might hurt your credit the important point to consider is whether you can settle your debt as agreed with the lender. Contact your lender and ask for your payoff balance, which is a figure based on the remainder of the loan payments plus accompanying interest and fees. If you can sell your car and settle the payoff loan with the lender, then it won’t hurt your credit. If you sell your car but still can’t meet the payoff balance, there are other options open to you, such as refinancing the remaining balance to make payments smaller. Doing this shouldn’t hurt your credit because you’ll still be paying the loan back in full.

Alternative routes that will harm your credit include paying a settlement balance, voluntary surrender of the vehicle or repossession of the vehicle. If you’re struggling to pay back your car loan, it’s important to speak to the lender to see what options might be available to you.