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Top 6 Dangers of Selling Your Car Privately

Fresno Cash For Cars CEO, Derek Emery has been buying and selling cars in California for many years. When he started CashForCarsinFresno.com, he wanted to expand on an already established business that made it easy for private parties to sell their used cars without having to deal with the hassles and lengthy wait associated with a dealership. Today, CashForCarsinFresno.com buys vehicles of all makes and models, whether or not they are perfect running condition. In addition, our parent company Cash4UsedCars.com, has built a reputation in the industry as the leading "cash for cars" company for customer service and paying more cash for cars than anyone else in Fresno and all of California.

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1. YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY. STRANGERS TEST DRIVING YOUR CAR

Your personal safety is at risk when you have somebody you dont know coming to your home or office to look at your car and then they want to test drive it. You have no choice but to go with them. Holding the keys to their car while they drive off in yours is a bad idea. What if their car is a rental? Or borrowed? Or worse, stolen? If they damage your car are their keys really going to do you any good?

OK, so now you're in the passenger seat of your car with someone you wouldn't even talk to at Starbuck's. People have a tendency to drive a car they are considering buying much harder than they normally would to "see what it can do." I know from personal experience this can be scary. Picture in your mind that maniac friend of yours with whom you hate driving. Oh yeah, I almost forgot my personal favorite, hygiene. It may sound funny but I think you are getting the idea.

2. GIVING OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

In order for someone to contact you, you'll have to give out your phone number. These days most everyone uses a cell phone. If you get a call from a blocked number, the caller already knows a lot more about you than you do about him. Remember, once someone has called your cell phone from their cell phone, they have your number forever and people tend to misdial or call at all hours. Giving out your home address just isn't a good idea for several reasons. Honest people tend to reveal their schedules when making an appointment; "I am never home before six" for example. This bad habit could give away valuable information to many prospective buyers who may not be as honest as you. What if something goes wrong with the transaction? Nobody wants a visit from an irate buyer.

3. GETTING PAID SAFELY

There are several ways to get paid for your car when you sell it privately and all can have difficulties. A common scam is payment with an official looking, bogus cashier's check. You take it as payment, deposit it into your account and in about two weeks when you're car is long gone it bounces and your bank charges your account. The most obvious is cash but this method is not always problem free. Where do you conduct this cash transaction with an unpredictable stranger? We have already discussed the problems with your home. At a public place? Fine, but you don't know who might follow you home with this new cash in your pocket. A personal check is out of the question and you're probably not set up to accept credit cards or ATM.

4. REGISTRATION, SMOG LAWS, TRANSFER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

In California, the license plates stay with car. Meaning, in the case of a private sale, you give the title and it is incumbent upon the new registered owner to complete the transfer into his name in a timely manner. This doesn't always happen because it entails additional expense on his part. If he then gets parking tickets, toll booth or any kind of photographic violations it comes back to you. Yes, you can prove that the car is no longer yours but involves going to court which can cost you money in the form of missed work. There are special release of liability forms that must be carefully filled out to avoid this. Also, the law requires that you must have your car smogged with 90 days of the sale. This is not easy if your car is not running right or the "Check Engine" light is on. When you sell your car to us we legally give you a full release of liability, on the spot. Also, if we buy your used vehicle, we handle all state mandated smog requirements so you dont have to.

5. YOUR CAR MIGHT HAVE PROBLEMS

Let's face it, it's a used car. Chances are you are selling because there is something wrong with it or there might be something wrong with it that you don't even know about. What if you sell your car and it breaks down the next day or so and the buyer wants money back? Or revenge? Refer to Danger #2: They know where you live. When you sell you car to us we buy it "As-Is', nothing more is required on your part.

6. ADVERTISING EXPENSE, TIME AND WRITING AN AD

It's not as easy as you think to write an effective, accurate ad to sell your car. Plus it costs money to advertise and can take quite a bit of time. When you sell your car to us it is, HASSLE FREE, we take care of everything.