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Selling my car to a private party

VMware ca$hc0w
Nov 11

I'm about to sell my car via Craigslist.

What can I do to make sure the buyer commit to the deal and won't come back to complain after buying the car? I'm just worried about typical buyer's remorse.

I want to have the buyer sign a buying contract. Is it expected with a Craigslist car selling? What should this contact say besides the car description, buyer and seller names, and the purchase price? Q

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  • Microsoft /_-\
    It's a cash deal and tell the buyer you sell it "as is". Any complain later can be ignored.
    Nov 112
    • VMware ca$hc0w
      OP
      Should I take cash only or allow a cashier check? I heard cashier checks can be forged.
      Nov 11
    • Microsoft /_-\
      Meet buyer at a bank and immediate deposit cash or cashier's check at the scene before buyer leaves.
      Nov 11
  • Pure Storage 401kmatch
    Shift.com
    Nov 110
  • Google KissMyPiss
    If you are in CA or any other state that has no cooling off period don't worry about it. Get cash for the car, deposit it and the buyer deals with the rest.

    Don't complicate things with additional contracts, you might screw yourself over if the contract is poorly worded.

    Otherwise use CarMax or Shift and take less money. CarMax is instant, Shift depends on when they can sell the car, and they give buyers a 7 day return period which can mess up the deal.
    Nov 111
    • Shift has an option to buy the car directly from you (for a bit less money).
      Nov 11
  • Microsoft DOyu71
    On another note be prepared for a bunch of flakes from craigslist. One of my relatives sold a car that way and he had these 2 dicks that called and bid up the price. One person was supposed to pick up the car and never showed. Called the 2nd person and they said they'd be right over and never showed. Relative called back and person said "I'm just fuckin with ya". Nice.
    Nov 111
    • Price out the car on kbb.com and then see if shift.com will buy it from you. The generally small difference in price is usually worth avoiding The People of Craigslist™️.
      Nov 11
  • State Farm / Engschmeckle
    Bill of sale (state usually has a template) / cash / title in hand.
    So long as you disclose known issues, if any, you have nothing to worry about.
    Just don’t be a scumbag when selling and life is good.
    If it matters, I have sold 5 of my own vehicles (4 cars 1 motorcycle) and no issues.
    Nov 110
  • Apple / Opsshaboop
    Google “private auto sale contract” — there are many sources of free templates. Typically you want the name and address of both parties, and details of the car like make/model/VIN/odometer, and that this is an as-is sale. Helps to have an additional witness when signing the document.
    Nov 110
  • Just list it “as is”. Meet in a public place with a friend. Vet the buyer by asking simple questions. Don’t sell to a gangster. Trust your gut.

    I know a guy who met a buyer at his house and he ended up being a gangster. He returned a week later demanding his money back because he claimed the car was a lemon. He lost the car and the money.
    Nov 120
  • Bank of The West / Consultant
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    Carmax is instant but they can hold onto the chq for upto 10 days. Cash is king, if you can sell to private party do so else carmax is option #2.
    Nov 110
  • Amazon dotard
    You need a bill of sale to license the vehicle anyway. Just include as is and keep a signed and dated copy for yourself as well.
    Nov 110
  • F5 Networks / Eng1u2ir8v3f7
    What car are you selling? A friend is planning to buy one. Legitimate buyer and you won't have any hassles.
    Nov 110
  • Bank of The West / Consultant
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    @ Cl sale to private parry - always at bank in cash unless you are selling a 80k car :)
    Nov 110
  • Apple Gg56fh
    There’s an online dmv web page to do a title transfer.
    Nov 110

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