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Buy, Auction or Sell a Car (2023 Guide)


Oct 28, 2023 #auction, #buy, #car, #Guide, #sell

There are a few methods for selling a car through Copart for both individuals and businesses. We’ll go through each in the sections below.

Selling a Car With Copart as an Individual

To sell your car as an individual, you can choose one of two options. You can use the online instant offer tool on the Copart website, or you can call (800) 381-6219 and speak to a CashForCars representative to get an offer. The steps are similar no matter which method you choose.

Add Basic Information

Like other online car sales platforms, you’ll need to provide some basic information about your vehicle. To use the instant offer tool on www.copart.com, you’ll enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). Copart will be able to access some details about your vehicle, which you’ll confirm. These details include:

  • Your ZIP code
  • Trim
  • Year, make and model
  • Engine
  • Current mileage
  • Condition
  • Number of keys available

You’ll also provide your contact information. Once you’ve provided these specifics, either over the phone or online, you’ll receive an instant offer.

Accept the Offer and Schedule a Pickup

If you choose to accept Copart’s offer, you can schedule a pickup with a CashForCars representative. There are over 200 Copart locations across North America, so most pickups can occur within 24 to 48 hours.

Complete the Sale

You’ll receive your payment once the tow truck arrives to pick up your vehicle. You’ll hand over the title, and Copart will handle the rest of the paperwork for you.

Selling a Car With Copart as a Business

Copart sells vehicles on behalf of insurance companies, banks, financial institutions and fleet operators. The process of selling a car with Copart as a business is slightly different than selling as an individual.

First, you’ll need to enter your name, contact information and business details on the Sell for Business section of the website. After you enter the information, a Copart representative will contact you to provide an offer and get the selling process started.

Alternatively, you can create a Copart Seller account and use the company’s Sales portal to track listings.

Copart Fees

To sell as a business, you’ll need to pay a few fees to Copart. It’s $85 to list a vehicle, and upon selling, you’ll need to pay 2% of the selling price to Copart.

Selling a Car With Copart as a Dealer

If you’re a car dealer looking to sell with Copart, the company claims it can help you reach over 750,000 potential customers. As a dealer, you’ll have access to Copart’s virtual bidding technology, allowing you to increase your reach even further.

Like selling as a business, car dealers will either need to fill out the online application or call 888-616-1237 and speak to a Copart representative.

Copart Fees

Selling as a dealer requires the same set of fees as selling as a business. The listing fee is $85 and the selling fee is 2% with a $150 cap. Copart doesn’t collect any fees until the car is sold.

Buying a Car With Copart 

To buy a car on the Copart site, you’ll first need to register as a member. You’ll need to upload a government-issued photo ID. Depending on what state you live in, you may have to upload a business license in order to purchase a vehicle at an online auction.

Once you’re a member, you can browse the inventory and join an auction. If you don’t want to bid on a vehicle, you can browse the Buy It Now inventory. After you’ve purchased a vehicle either from the instant sales section or a Copart auto auction, you can have it delivered to you via a car shipping company or pick it up at a Copart location.

Copart Fees

If you’ve won an auction, you’ll see the following on your invoice:

  • Lot price (the final price paid at auction)
  • Taxes (these vary by state and vehicle type)
  • Auction fees (bid fee, storage fees, processing fees, gate fees and buyer fees may all apply)


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