covid-19 procedures:

If you have a critical need to sell your car now you can do that here without leaving the privacy of your home. Rest assured that health care workers as well as many others are buying cars for critical needs here during this period. Buyers are watching for the most recent cars showcased on our homepage every day.

All the sign-on paperwork can be done over the phone on-line with emails, and faxes or scans and return email or by mail. We can also pick it up and make arrangements for a pre-sale inspection/report and a smog inspection/certificate to display your car here.

We'll take care of the DMV release of liability. No DMV crowds to worry about. DMV has Kiosks at local grocery stores for registration and payments that are now not due for 30 days.

Now all vehicles undergo a sterilization procedure initially by Auto Presentation Details and an application of Hospital-Grade disinfectant before and after any entry. If you are ill, or suspect you have been exposed, check with Jerry for special instructions or other ways to accomplish your critical transactions.

Call Jerry at 415-374-4848 who can assist with the following pre-sale requirements.

preparing to sell:

Do these things to promote smooth transactions, avoiding unnecessary wasted costs, confusion, and inconveniences for both buyers and sellers, and a "win-win" for all parties, where the buyer ends up with a good value and the seller sells for a fair price:

before you car arrives here

step 1: we need your paperwork

Before you have your car arrives at Buggy Bank, we need to verify that you have the current title, insurance and smog certificate. Call us and have all of this paperwork faxed to 510.277.0653 or scanned and emailed to Keep it on file and note the location you will keep it stored at home. This way you will know for sure where your title is so that its readily available to present at the final sale. If there is an "and" or a "/" between your name and other names on the title, bring the other co-owner(s).

step 2: get it here

Your vehicle needs to be clean, emptied of personal belongings and filled with gas. Your contract time will start only when your car is ready to sell. High-quality, on-site or at-home detailing by Auto Presentation Details will be made available at a low price. No need to waste your time and money elsewhere.

step 3: have its condition checked

Only mobile mechanic checks with covid-19 sanitary procedures are allowed at this time. Only Safebuy is authorized right now. Any mobile mechanic can apply for authorization by calling Jerry at (415) 374-4848. Some cars with normal wear and tear issues can sell as is, while others need repairs to sell. Sometimes you can allow for the cost of poor condition in your advertising or you can negotiate it, but as time moves on and it becomes obvious that buyers are turned off by it, or just don't want to deal with it, you may have to have it repaired. We'll consult with you on what is needed and what is not. The increase in value can usually offset the cost of repairs. You may not want to put more money into repairs, but it makes no sense to waste your money trying to sell when your car's condition would be turning off buyers.

step 4: have a valid smog certificate

As the owner of the vehicle you must ultimately provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certificate. In order for the new owner to register a vehicle, it must have been smogged within the past 90 days. Normally it would be to your advantage to smog it early on so you can advertise "smogged and ready to go." Otherwise, when you get an acceptable offer, have the buyer get a cashier's check while a service smogs your vehicle. We have services that will pick up your car at our lot, saving you the trip. Also, it's not a bad idea to have a smog inspection certificate on file with us before the buyer takes the vehicle to a mechanic. If you already have had a mechanic's check and have a clean report, we can keep that on file for you to enhance your ability to sell. A vehicle history analysis is required and performed by us when you sign in to make sure that the vehicle does not have any title problems or hasn't been in any major accidents. Buyers will also have access to the same information so you need to have the answers for questions they might ask.

step 5: have a marketable price

Aggressive pricing and fast action is required in order to effectively sell your car in today's market. Pricing high and playing the waiting game often backfires and results in your car outliving it's welcome on the market. Once you are in this situation, it usually only gets worse. Half of the people looking at your car online feel something must be wrong with it; the other half, often brokers, lie in wait, hoping to take advantage of you as your situation becomes desperate. The price should be in line on day 1 to have a good chance of selling within your initial contract period at Buggy Bank. Don't fall into the trap of letting your needs or the payoff of a loan influence your considerations for your initial price. Don't get excited about Kelly Bluebook pricing for dealers. If you want a rude awakening ask a dealer what he will pay for your car without a trade-in involved. High pricing can result in no sale or a very long time to sell. If you later lower your price, the prospect you had may have bought another car or may say "Oh, yeah there's that high-priced car I saw last week.", and he doesn't even look to see if you've lowered your price. Also, it rarely matters how much you have put into a vehicle or how much you owe to a financial lien-holder or how much a good friend says it may be worth. We all value the extra goodies we have invested and hate to give up our cars at any price, but buyers may not care to pay for the extras you value. To base your pricing decisions on this criteria is to invite a high degree of failure to sell in any reasonable length of time. Most of you can find some of the stats we use on the internet and walk into our office with them in some cases. The problem is understanding the context in which they can be actually used or not used to determine a good price for your car when selling to the public at large. How to interpolate what you see. That's where we can assist in getting you off to a good start with a great price. We will review and interpret the local and regional sales statistics that apply to your car. While there are no guarantees, we will find the best local market value range and within that range find prices you can choose from that will attract buyers while being fair to you and honor your personal considerations. First impressions are important.

step 6: be available for offers

Nothing can kill a potential sale quicker that not being reachable and available when a buyer wants to make an offer. Leave with us your cell phone, home phone, business phones and email addresses. Tell us if you are going out of town or any circumstance that might jeopardize your sale.

step 7: stay on top of it

Ritht after day one call in every other day to see if you should adjust the price, change the advertising, or make a repair. The majority of sales happen within the first week when marketable and in great condition.

step 8: battery health

Hopefull you were on top of it and sold while buyers were looking at the most recent cars. Long stays with low activity (no key checkouts, test drives, etc.) can result in dead batteries when vehicles just sit there. Now you are having to pay for more insurance, registration, etc., are other problems you can avoid by having the best apperarance, condition, marketable privce and moving your sale right along.

step 9: kinds of offers

When you get reasonable offers that aren't quite what you expected, don't shoot yourself in the foot by nit picking over small amounts. Try not to be upset or indicate your extreme displeasure with a "low-ball" offer. Tell the buyer "if that is your best offer you may later accept it, but you want to see if there are higher offers while you still have time on the lot". There are some who "low-ball" so that you will explain why it has the value you place on it. Once they understand the value they may actually buy it for your asking price. Still others feel the need for some token negotiation to save face with their family or friends. If you are uncomfortable with the buyers approach let us know and we will intercede for you.

step 10: where to conclude the sale

You have paid for our service, so unless we recommend that the final paperwork should be handled at a bank or other institution due to special circumstances, make sure your buyer meets you or your power of attorney at Buggy Bank to complete your sale. We'll handle the DMV release of liability and other concerns on the spot. There are some sad stories out there and you don't want to be one of them.

Sales Statistics:

March 1st -> March 15th, 2020

18 newly displayed vehicles

15 vehicles sold

18 average days to sell

08 vehicles sold in 10 days or less

sellers frequently asked questions

What is the cost to sell my car at Buggy Bank?

If you are selling for more than $10,000 our fee is $550 for 6 weeks of display service. It's $450 at or below $10,000 and $350 at or below $3,500.

What are my chances to sell?

Over 90% of the qualified vehicles we list do sell within the initial contract period. If yours does not sell within that time, we will generally continue to advertise, scheduling appointments for test drives, mechanic's checks, and final sale assistance at no extra charge until your car is sold. Cars in good condition below $3,500 fall into the "very affordable" category. Somehow at Buggy Bank they have been selling for more than standard market values. Our fee of $350 for these cars can be said to be more and more "absorbed" as the standard market value becomes less. So don't assume that our fee is percentage-wise too high for your lower priced car. But be advised that your car has to have been well maintained and in great condition like all other cars to sell here or sell elsewhere for that matter. Bring it in and we'll let you know if it qualifies to sell and meet our high vehicle condition standards. If we don't think it has a good chance to sell, we are not interested in taking your hard earned cash.

What services am I paying for?

1. Preparation of your car's ad and photo on our website
2. Coverage - Our website attracts thousands of buyers from a wide geographical area
3. Display of your car to the hundreds of prospective buyers that come to our lot every day
4. Vehicle market analysis with local sales data to effectively price your car for a sale
5. Experienced and friendly staff to assist with the info you need to stay on track for a sale
6. Secure procedures for your vehicle�s inspections, test drives or mechanics checks
7. Weekly car wash service

Does what I pay include internet advertising?

No. We provide you with a free web hosting page that contains a picture of your vehicle and its descriptive information along with your advertising. The actual display of your car's ad and photo on our Internet website is usually, but not always available. We also have no control over with other internet advertising or listing services we may recommend based on your special needs. There is no extra charge for these services because they cannot be guaranteed.

Can you help me post my car with other Internet services?

It is your responsibility to post and publish information about your vehicle on other sites. As a courtesy, we will do whatever we can to assist you on any site we are familiar with. To save time and provide consistant advertising, you can copy the information from your free web hosting page to other web advertising sites. For example, with craigslist, you might copy and paste the title (basic description), the included, the extras and your own advertising into the posting screen. You also might include words that contain a link to your page here, such as, "To see a photo, my most recent price, my title history or to find out how to test drive my car, click on []", where "NNNNN" is your contract number. This is basic information. Liven it up if you can making sure there isn't any questionable embelishment. For a more detailed explanation, click here.

What attracts people to the Buggy Bank Internet site?

Our main Buggy Bank web site is now getting around 1,000 visits from individual internet browsers per day. The "hits" are 20,000 or so on the average daily. We are one of the few sites that actually list the SOLD price as well as the asking price and a local market value on our Sold Vehicles list. Whether you are interested in buying or selling, this public information is helpful and attracts many more people to our website.

Is it worth it?

We think its a small price to pay to have a secure place away from your home with professionals who administer your test drives, handle the buyer inquiries. Our experience may just help you remove a problem that could cause you to miss what might have been an excellent opportunity to sell your car. Check to see how quickly cars are selling at Buggy Bank.

When should I bring my car in to sell?

There is never a bad time to sell. Good or bad economy, season, or weather. People always need cars at a reasonable price.

What should I do before I bring in my car to be sold?

1. Bring current registration and insurance records. Please check the expiration dates.
2. Make sure the registration is in your name only. If there are two names on the registration joined by "or" either party can sell. Both people need to sign our contract if it has two names separated by an "and" or a slash.
3. You will not need an expensive detail, but you should wash and wax.
4. Remove all items and clean the interior of the car thoroughly.
5. Remove all items from the glove compartment and trunk, etc.
6. Make sure it runs smoothly, and is safe to drive.
7. Complete any critical repairs.
8. Make sure your battery is healthy.
9. Bring your car in with a full tank of gas.
10. Bring two sets of your car keys, if possible.
11. Be available for callers, or have answering system, and respond promptly.
12. Locate the title of your vehicle in preparation for the eventual sale.
13. If the car has a lien, ask the lien holder for a smooth transfer procedure for your buyer.
14. See our Seller's Tips for more information.

What happens when I bring my car in to Buggy Bank?

When you come to Buggy Bank and sign-in your car, we'll first do a "walk around" inspection and record the condition of the exterior, interior and engine. We will take a photo of your car for your free Buggy Bank internet web-hosting page. We will ask for and record your current registration, insurance and we assist by presenting you with local market statistics, and other factors that may have a bearing on your car's ability to sell in today's market. Depending on the year, make, model, price range, condition and your particular needs, we will do our best to present you with an advantageous way to market you car. Allow 30 minutes to an hour for this process.

What do I have to do while I am waiting for an offer on my car?

Normally nothing. Go about your business and life without the distractions. As your agent, we will professionally handle the inquiries, the on-the-lot inspections, and test drives. Stay in touch and make sure our calls are answered. Call in once a week yourself to get an activity analysis from one of our staff members. Double-check with us to make certain that your vehicle has been smogged and has no liens or encumberances. Delays like this can easily kill a sale.

What happens when someone wants to buy it?

Once a buyer has done the research at Buggy Bank and wants to make an offer, we will tell him or her to give you a call. If a diagnostic or "Mechanic's Check" is requested, you will give your approval to us and we'll make secure arrangements. If all checks out well for the buyer, and he wants to proceed, then you would both come to Buggy Bank and we would assist you with the paperwork for DMV. You would bring your title and current registration.

What should I tell the buyer to bring?

Tell the buyer to bring a cashiers check for the purchase of your car.

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