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How to Sell a Used Electric Car

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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There are times in life when you need money fast. Sometimes you might only need a few dollars, while other times you need enough cash to get you through a tight spot.

During those times when you need to get your hands on as much money as possible, selling a car is a great solution. Whether your selling used electric cars, a classic muscle car, or a luxury vehicle, the methods are pretty much the same.

This article takes a look at the quickest ways to sell used electric cars. Keep reading to learn how to turn your car into cash overnight.

Family and Friends

When it comes to selling anything, family and friends remain the quickest and easiest method of finding a buyer. That’s because your loved ones are generally willing to help spread word through their personal networks of connections.

After all, just about everybody knows a friend of a friend on the lookout for a great deal on stuff, especially when it comes to finding a car. People have kids needing a cheap car for college, and buying through a friend provides an extra level of peace of mind not found in strangers.

Plus, selling to someone through your personal network means you won’t have to meet a stranger at a random location to finalize the transaction.

Newspaper Classified Ads

Believe it or not, many people still read the morning paper and buy stuff using classified ads. This is especially true when buying automobiles.

The key to selling with a classified ad is to make your listing attractive to readers.

If you decide to use a photo, be certain is shows your car at a good angle. Then write ad copy that provides as much detail as possible, and try to keep the information accurate and honest. Keep in mind that there are a ton of classified ads printed in local newspapers every day, so take the time to create a listing that really pops.

Be sure to include contact information, including a phone number and email address where readers can reach you any time of day. Because unlike selling something online, you can’t go back and make corrections after it’s been finalized and printed.


eBay has now been around for a couple of decades. It remains one of the most popular and powerful ways to sell new or used items. Especially when you’re wanting to sell a car for the most money possible.

This online auction site is the ideal way to get your auto seen by millions of eyeballs within a matter of hours.

Posting a listing on eBay is inexpensive, easy, and they provide a number of great tools for maximizing both customer reach and profit potential. It’s no wonder that so many people have been able to make selling on eBay a full-time gig through the use of individualized eBay Stores.

Again, the key to selling on eBay is to create a listing populated by quality pics and informative text. Take the time to research what good ad copy looks like. Look at other eBay listings selling similar products and learn from them.

All photos need to be high resolution, showing your car from the best possible angles in good light, and keep the product description filled with details that are honest and accurate so that there won’t be any surprises for the buyer following the transaction. 

Social Media

It should come as no surprise that social media is perhaps the most powerful marketing tool ever created. There are dozens of platforms with literally billions of daily users around the world.

Successfully selling used cars on social media boils down to choosing the most effective platform for your product, and creating a post that maximizes exposure.

Think about it in terms of the specific demographics you want to appeal to. For example, platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat tend to be popular with young people, while Twitter and Pinterest skew a little older.

One of the secrets to effective marketing is to spread your net as wide as possible without attempting to appeal to everyone on earth. The more specific you can be in reaching your target audience, the better your results would be.

Salvage Car Buyers

When you need to cash in your pocket as quickly as possible, it’s really hard to beat salvage car buyers. They make it easy to get rid of your car so that you can have the money needed to cover emergency expenses. 

Companies that purchase salvage cars typically use a simple process. You can contact them by phone or online, provide specific information about your car, and they will make a cash offer. Even if your car no longer runs, you can often still sell cars to salvage yards for several hundred dollars.

Most of these companies will even come to your home, give you a check, and haul the car away at no expense to you. Nothing could be easier.


Don’t forget about Craigslist. This online classifieds site remains an effective way to reach potential buyers both in your area and across the country.

Plus it’s easy to use, so you’ll be able to post your listing and start fielding offers within a matter of minutes. 

As with traditional ads, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace, the key is to create an appealing listing that will attract eyeballs and hold the attention of potential buyers.

Use quality pics, offer descriptive text, and provide good contact information where people can easily reach you to request more details are to make an offer.

Effective Ways to Sell Used Electric Cars

As electric cars become increasing popular, there will be more of them available on the used car market. That’s why understanding how to advertise and sell used electric cars is so important.

The key is to create informative listings with quality photos, and to utilize platforms that will reach the greatest number of potential buyers. Fortunately, the tips contained here can help streamline the process.

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About the Author


Marc is the Co-Founder of Cash Auto Salvage and Director of daily operations. He retired from a leading Internet Marketing company in 2013 and has been involved in the automotive industry ever since.

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