safer interactive buying

Browse our new mobile-friendly website. It has more detailed photos and videos. Using our new staff-assisted video or closeup photo conferencing service, you can do a remote walk-through. Then chat with the owner. If the both of you wish to proceed, we'll schedule your on-site test drive and mobile mechanic appointments.

Be assured that every car undergoes a thorough cleaning and sterilizing process using a hospital-grade virucide and there is a follow up virucidal treatment before and after any vehicle entry.

For DMV transactions, there are no crowds to worry about. We take care of the DMV release of liability and DMV's website now has a virtual title transfer option instead of waiting in long lines.

If you are ill, or suspect you have been exposed, check with Jerry at 415-374-4848for special instructions or other ways to accomplish your transactions.

showroom

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Vehicle Mileage Asking $
2014 BMW 435i Coupe 2D
2014
BMW
435i Coupe 2D
43,768$22,500
2013 BMW 328i Sedan 4D
2013
BMW
328i Sedan 4D
92,112$13,900
2016 Nissan Sentra S Sedan 4D
2016
Nissan
Sentra S Sedan 4D
17,392$11,500
2016 Buick LaCrosse Sedan 4D
2016
Buick
LaCrosse Sedan 4D
24,152$17,250
1986 Volkswagen Westfalia
1986
Volkswagen
Westfalia
218,000$19,500
2017 Ford Transit 250 Van Low Roof
2017
Ford
Transit 250 Van Low Roof
13,350$21,500
2015 Volkswagen Beetle1.8T Classic Convertible 2D
2015
Volkswagen
Beetle1.8T Classic Convertible 2D
68,727$9,995
2015 Mazda CX 5 Grand Touring SUV 4D
2015
Mazda
CX 5 Grand Touring SUV 4D
44,532$16,950
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
1986
Alfa Romeo
Spider Veloce
54,840$14,000
1968 Volkswagen Custom Riviera Camper Bus
1968
Volkswagen
Custom Riviera Camper Bus
7,647$17,999
2017 BMW 230i Coupe 2D
2017
BMW
230i Coupe 2D
24,514$23,500
2011 Honda PilotEX L SUV 4D
2011
Honda
PilotEX L SUV 4D
135,305$9,600
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recent cars

If you are only interested in viewing one make, then ...
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Vehicle Mileage Asking $
2006 Lexus RX 400h SUV 4D
2006
Lexus
RX 400h SUV 4D
189,381$5,500
2007 Chevrolet Impala SS Sedan 4D
2007
Chevrolet
Impala SS Sedan 4D
87,264$5,800
2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan 4D
2015
Honda
Civic LX Sedan 4D
46,074$12,500
2008 Mini Cooper S Convertible 2D
2008
Mini
Cooper S Convertible 2D
44,718$7,600
2018 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 PassengerHigh Roof
2018
Mercedes
Sprinter 2500 PassengerHigh Roof
8,932$47,900
2011 BMW 328i Sedan 4D
2011
BMW
328i Sedan 4D
66,330$7,995
steps to take when buying a car:

step 1: browse safely to find the car you want:

What is more effective and much safer now is browsing on our new mobile-friendly website and detailed videos. With our new staff-assisted video and closeup photo conferencing sessions you can do a remote walk-through. Then call the owner to check the price before we schedule your test drive and mobile mechanic appointments. most recent cars on the home page. Select a make you like and see if one meets your eye. Click on its photo to see close-ups inside and out. Under its photo click on our new video and report history links to make sure that the vehicle does not have any title problems or has not been in any major accidents.

step 2: get a staff-assisted kick-the-tires appointment:

Call or text Jerry at 415-374-4848 to help you kick the tires. He can schedule a due-dilligence-session appointment for a staff-assisted video or closeup photo conferencing session and remote walk-through at your direction. He'll email or text phone the results during the session.. Then call the owner to check the price before we schedule your test drive and mobile mechanic appointments.

step 3: chat with the owner:

call the seller Avoid being discourteous or making a "lowball" offer. If you can't afford a fair price, just say that... and the seller may be willing to accommodate your need, or consider your offer at a later time. If there is a general agreement that the owners price or what you can afford is resonable, discuss price flexability if there are major problems and to make sure there is a recent smog inspection certificate. If not, ask the seller to do it prior to scheduling your mobile mechanic's inspection. Finally, make sure there are no other offers under consideration and have the seller call us and have them place it in a "sale-pending" status while you have it checked out.

step 4: diagnostic or mechanic's check:

If everything in step 3, above is taken care of, call Jerry at 415-374-4848 to schedule a vehicle inspection service from SafeBuy or any other mobile mechanic's inspection service you prefer to choose.

step 5: purchase:

Call the seller of the vehicle and make your offer. When your offer has been accepted, go to the bank and get a cashier's check and make an appointment to meet at the Buggy Bank where we'll assist you both with the paperwork using DMV's virtual title transfer option.


frequently asked questions

Who are the sellers?

People like you who have busy schedules do not have the time to meet every potential buyer. Private individual sellers are saying no to costly trade-in deals and to paying thousands in dealer commissions. They prefer to display their cars in a respected and reputable business that provides a secure place away from their homes with professionals who administer test drives and handle buyer inquiries. They enjoy having their car displayed on the new free mobile friendly Buggy Bank web site. You will find that the sellers, in general, are very pleasant to deal with as one of their reasons they are using our services is that they are attracted to a hassle-free family oriented environment like Buggy Bank.

Are there any fees for buyers?

No test drive fees. No commissions. No salesmen. The only person in charge of selling is the individual owner of the car. Your only cost should be a mobile mechanics fee to make sure there are no undetected major mechanical problems.

Do buyers have to pay sales tax?

Yes. Sales tax in alameda county is 9% of the selling price. Transfer and processing fees also apply so when you have agreed on a price with a seller just call one of our customer service representatives and we will access the DMV Online Services system and let you know exactly what the total is going to be.

How are Buggy Bank cars priced?

The best way to find this out is to check our sold cars list. This will also give you a clue as to how fast these private party owners are selling their cars. We also try our best to help the seller ask a truly reasonable price. If their car is not in a current marketable price range we won't display it and take their hard-earned money and use up a space that could be used by someone that is priced to sell.

How does Buggy Bank help me buy a car?

We'll actually have the time to assist with your due dilligence now that everything is by appointment. Together we'll check it's interior, exterior scratches, trunk space, engine close-up photos or videos emailed or texted to you as we do a walk-around let you listen to the engine, whatever you want. Once you've done you initial chat with the owner, we'll assist with scheduling a mobile mechanic you choose to inspect for undetected costly major repairs that may be on the horizon and set up a final test drive and sales appointment that guides you through the paperwork and DMV maze.

What should I bring to Buggy Bank?

Bring a current driver's license. We will retain your license during a final examination of the car, give you the key, and enter you in our database. For your test drive, we'll hold a credit card as collateral. Test drives stop at 5:00 pm and are limited to a 20-minute local drive. If your appointment includes a final sale with your seller, be sure to bring a cashier's check.

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