The best advice we can give you is to be honest and trustworthy in all of your dealings. Arbitration issues are costly and they affect your reputation. If you will take the time to carefully list and describe your vehicle you can avoid issues and maximize the money you will make from your sale. Here are some guidelines used by the best and most profitable sellers.
First take the best photos you can of the vehicle. People want to know exactly what they are bidding on and those listings with the best photos usually sell the quickest. Be sure to take valid and thorough pictures of the interior and exterior of the vehicle. If you have any sort of damage or deficiencies of any kind, but sure you take detailed up-close photos of those. It’s better to be fully transparent of any issues instead of trying to hide them or minimize them. That will usually come back to cause problems later on.
Be as thorough and detailed as possible in your description of the vehicle. Be sure to cover the exterior, interior and mechanical condition of the vehicle. Again here, best practice is to be honest, upfront, and transparent about everything.
Don’t forget to check the status of the title before you list. If you need a few days to produce the title, you will want to check “title absent”. We also suggest using a paint meter and revealing any non-factory custom paint that may exist. Also, use an OBDII scanner to scan for any codes that need to be disclosed if applicable.
Another reminder about your descriptions: honesty and transparency are key. Do not overstate, lie, misrepresent or glorify the vehicle or condition of the vehicle. Don’t intentionally leave out any details or try to hide imperfections, damage, or other conditions. Also, do not run the green light on your listing if you are unsure about the mechanical condition of your vehicle.