The 10 Best Places To Sell Your Classic Car


Whether you’re just needing to get rid of your classic car or hoping to sell it so you can get a different one, you’ll be caught in the dilemma of how and where to sell it. Millions of people sell their cars every day with a large part of them being classic cars. Luckily you’re not the first one to do this, but you may be asking yourself where the best places are to sell your classic car and know it’s going to a good owner.

So, what are the best places to sell your classic car? There are many ways to sell a Classic Car. The best and most reliable ways to sell your classic car is through:

  • Craigslist
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Local Classifieds
  • Car Shows
  • Side of the road
  • Cars.com
  • Autotrader
  • Classicars.com
  • Ebay
  • Live Auctions

Though each of these suggestions are fairly easy to use to sell your classic car, each of them are completely different from each other and it is best to know how each one works before using them. I have bought and sold many classic vehicles through most of these methods and have first hand experience of what it’s like. I can explain how each one works so you know which ones are the best methods for you to sell your classic car.

Craigslist

Some may think that Criagslist is an outdated way to sell anything these days, but the truth is actually quite the opposite. Criagslist is still used my millions of people every day to both buy and sell any item you could ever think of.

This applies to classic cars, too. Craigslist is easily accessible, so anyone who is on the market to buying a classic car will quickly check this platform as one of their first choices. The great thing about Craigslist is that it’s a nationally accepted way to buy and sell items, so could could gain exposure from all people across the country.

The best feature about Craigslist is that it’s easy to use, anyone can sign up for it, and it is 100% free. You may get a lot of scammers contacting you, but then again anywhere you try to sell you’ll probably get a lot of scammers.

Facebook Marketplace

Over the past little while, Facebook Marketplace has really stepped up it’s game. It’s becoming a more and more popular option with selling items. It was through Facebook Marketplace that I bought my 1966 Ford Bronco.

One feature I love about Facebook Marketplace is that you don’t have to put your phone number on there if you don’t want to. You can make Facebook Messenger the only way for interested parties to contact you. If you have the Facebook app on your phone, that can be an extremely convenient way to communicate with interested buyers; when they message you, it’s similar to getting a text message and you can have a private conversation with them.

In my experience with Facebook Marketplace, I’ve never had problems with scammers. Scammers can post things for sale on Facebook Marketplace, but rarely do they contact people who are selling.

The only downside to Facebook Marketplace is that you have to have Facebook to make it work. This may be particularly difficult for some people who aren’t really big into social media. Still, opening up a Facebook account is really easy and it’s free.

Local Classifieds

It’s always a good idea to check in with any local classifieds that you can get in contact with. These types of classifieds may include local magazines, newspapers, or websites.

Newspapers and magazines are a great way to get the word out that you’re selling, especially if you don’t want your classic car to be too far away and you’d love to still see it driving around your neighborhood. Usually smaller, locally owned magazines and newspapers will be able to post your listing for free or for a very small fee.

Local and regional website are also pretty common, too. For example, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming have an online classifieds website called KSL.com. This where all the locals know that’s where they need to go to buy pretty much anything and know it’s close by. It was through this platform that I bought my 1968 Chevy Pickup. Ask around to some friends and neighbors if you’re not sure if there are such websites for your region; chances are they exist and you just don’t know about it.

Car Shows

Selling a classic car can be a difficult task both financially and emotionally. Classic cars are a lot like a member of the family, so it hurts a little when you have to sell them. If you’re caught in a situation like this, my recommendation would be to try and sell your classic car at a car show.

Obviously, this will only work during warm weather when car shows are plentiful. If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of car shows going on right now, go ahead and try this out. All you’ll need to do is put a “For Sale” sign in the window when you park your car at the car show. It’s also a good idea to have some flyers stacked on the seat or a table next to the car for interested buyers to take. Be sure to have specific information on the flyer such as the year, make, model, history, price, as well as your name and phone number.

This can ease the pain of selling your car a little bit because you can get a personal interaction with each person who is interested in buying your classic car. You’ll get a better feel of who you’d be selling your car to and know it’s going to a good owner.

I advertised one of my classic cars that I was selling at a very popular car show in Utah (Cache Valley Cruise-In) one summer after I had finished restoring it. I had dozens of interested buyers and it was really fun seeing how excited people got when they looked at it and dreamed about owning it themselves.

Be aware that most car shows require a registration fee and that not all car shows let you post your car for sale. Check in with car show associates and be aware of the rules before you plan on using this method to sell your classic car.

Side Of The Road

A lot of people might think that leaving a car for sale on the side of the road is a bit sketchy; this all depends on how you approach it. If it’s done right, you can advertise to thousands of people driving on the road that your car is for sale.

If you live in a residential neighborhood, leaving your classic car out in your driveway with a “for sale” sign might not be the most efficient way to tell the world you’re selling this historic machine simply because you don’t have a whole lot of traffic driving through.

If you happen to know someone who owns a business on a busy street, contact them and ask if you can park your classic car in their parking lot for a few days. I don’t recommend leaving your classic car there over night, even if you live in a safe neighborhood. It is best practice to leave it there during the day and bring it home at night to prevent your classic car from getting stolen.

If you don’t know anyone who owns a business on a busy street, try talking with store owners and offer to pay them to let your car sit. A lot of business owners wouldn’t mind that, especially if you live in a smaller town.

Cars.com

If you’d like to get instant national attention to your classic car that you’re selling, Cars.com is a perfect way to do so. Cars.com is a platform where you can sell any type of car in any shape or condition.

They have several packages you can choose from if you decide to go this route. The first option is their basic plan which is free. This plan includes being able to add 5 photos and have your add posted for 30 days. You can also renew for free and see how many people have viewed your listing. This is the one I recommend.

The second option is their plus package which is $20. This includes being able to add up to 10 photos which some people find valuable because you can’t really know what a car’s condition looks like with any less pictures than that. Your add will last for 60 days with renewal posts at no charge. You’ll also be able to see how may people have viewed your listing.

The third option is their premium package which is $49. This will include being able to add up to 15 photos, your post will last for 150 days with no charge at renewals, a listing view report, and a Carfax report of your classic car that you will be able to post (which is a $35 value). Each option is a good option, it all just depends on what you’re willing to spend on selling your classic car.

Autotrader

Autotrader is similar to cars.com in the way they display and advertise your classic car for sale. Autotrader is actually the way I ended up selling my 1968 Chevy Pickup after I had finished restoring it to a man in California (I still get pictures from him with his kids in the truck).

Autotrader is an excellent way to advertise to the country that you’re selling your classic car. The only downside is that there is no free option. They do have several packages you can look into if this is the way you’d like to sell your classic car.

The first option is the standard package which is $25. Your ad will be posted for four weeks and you can add up to three photos. The second option is the enhanced package which is $50. With this option, your posting will last for eight weeks and you can add up to 9 photos.

The third option is the delux package which is $75. With this option, your posting will stay up until it sells and you can add up to 18 photos. The fourth and last option is the premier package which is $100. This options allows you to have your ad up until your classic car sells, add up to 18 photos, plus you get a “spotlight” ad, meaning your car will show up on the front page.

Though Autotrader is a little more expensive, it has proven to work very well for me as well as others. It all just depends on how fast you need to sell your classic car and what you’re willing to do to sell it.

Classiccars.com

Classiccars.com is yet another online platform you can use to sell your classic car. It has a lot of similarities to Autotrader and cars.com in the way it works in advertising to the country that you’re selling your classic car, but it also has some differences.

The other two online platforms have different packages you can choose from whereas classiccars.com has only one option. You pay a flat rate of $99.99. This includes an unlimited character amount in your description as well as up to 100 photos. You can even add videos!

You can also see how many views your posting gets, get direct emails from interested buyers, and your listing stays up until your car is sold so you don’t have to worry about your listing time running out.

A lot of people prefer this option because it’s kind of an all-in-one stop. Yes it’s a little more expensive, but you have a lot of extra features that other online platforms don’t have.

Ebay

A few may raise their eyebrows at the thought of selling their classic car on ebay, but I assure you that it actually does work. I’ve communicated with a lot of sellers over ebay and have actually almost bought several cars off this platform.

Selling a car on ebay works a little different than selling anything else on their website. Usually ebay collects a certain percentage of your profit when you sell something. But if they apply that same principle with cars, that can make you as the seller lose a big chunk of money. Luckily they don’t do that.

You can post your classic car on ebay almost the same way you would with any other item. However, ebay will ask you a few questions so make sure ebay knows you’re selling a classic car. If your car is worth less than $2,000, then you just pay a $60 flat fee to ebay. If your car is worth more than $2,000 (which is more likely), then you will need to pay a $125 flat fee to ebay. Once your car is sold and claimed by a buyer, you will need to personally contact the buyer and arrange how they will be getting the car.

The great thing about ebay is that the transaction is done through their platform. If you have issues with the buyer being dishonest, ebay will usually be able to take care of it for you. This is something that other online selling platforms do not offer.

As a disclaimer, you cannot sell more than six cars per year on ebay. If you do, ebay will assume that you are a car dealership and will greatly increase your rates when you sell more than stated.

Live Auctions

If you’re feeling a little gutsy, selling your classic car at a live auction may be the choice for you. Keep in mind that this is usually for cars that are worth a little more, at least $50,000.

There are a few popular auctions out there such as Mecum and Barrett-Jackson that would be excellent choices to place your car in. Of course, these are not always available depending on where you live. However, there are always auctions going on all over the place so if you did a little research, you’d be able to find some at least somewhat close to you.

To sell your car at an auction, you will need to call the auction house and review their rules and terms and conditions. They’ll ask you what kind of classic car you have and what condition it’s in. They may reject your car because they have certain standards they want to keep and their main point is to make money. But if your car is worth more than $50,000, chances are they’ll accept.

You can negotiate a reserve price, or a minimum price, for your classic car to be sold. The auction house will be able to give you a good idea of what you could auction it off for. Take into account that auctions will take a certain percentage of the selling price, around 8%-10%. You’ll also need to consider the possibility of needing to ship the car which is another $1,000. Make sure the reserve price is worth it.

Related Questions

How can I know how much my car is worth? There are a lot of online platforms you can use to measure the worth of your classic cars. NADA Guides is an excellent choice. You can also try looking online at similar cars and see what they are selling for.

How often should I change the oil in my classic car? When it comes to your classic car, you should change the oil every six months or every 3,000-5,000 miles, which ever comes first. Because classic cars are older, their maintenance schedules are different from other vehicles and require more frequent oil changes. Click here for more info.

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