buyers informationThe following information is designed to promote smooth transactions, avoiding unnecessary wasted costs, confusion, and inconveniences for public buyers and sellers alike, and hopefully a "win-win" for all parties, where the buyer ends up with a good value and the seller sells for a fair price.
steps to take when buying a car:
It is important to figure out what you need in a vehicle before even stepping foot in a car. Once you know the type of vehicle you are looking for find out what a fair price is for the vehicle when its in good condition. You want to do your research well, but if you are especially attracted to a vehicle,once you have test driven and checked the history of that vehicle, make an offer without delay or have the seller put a hold on it because they can sell quickly here ... just check our sold vehicle records and you'll see why we say this.
When you find a car that you are interested, note down the key number of the vehicle and before 5:30 pm you can ask us for a key checkout of the car to inspect the vehicle inside and out. However, if you think you might also might want to take it on a test drive, come at least by 4:30 pm because test drives are not allowed after 5:00 pm. If you are here before 5:00 pm and bring a valid driver's license and credit card, you are allowed a 20 minute test drive around the local area.
Ask the front desk for more information on checking a vehicles history to make sure that the vehicle does not have any title problems or has not been in any major accidents. The owner of the vehicle must ultimately provide the buyer with a recent smog inspection certificate. If this has not been done you might ask the seller to do it prior to taking it to a mechanic.
Before investing in a diagnostic check, call the seller to discuss price flexability if there are major problems. Make sure there are no other offers under consideration. If you can, have the seller call us and have them place it in a "sale-pending" status while you have it checked out. You want to avoid someone else buying it while you are spending hard-earned dollars at a garage.
Call the seller of the vehicle and make youre offer. 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. 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 DMV paperwork.
buyers frequently asked questions
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 free 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.
A $39 DMV processing fee is the only fee a buyer ever pays to Buggy Bank's Registration Services department. No test drive fees. No commissions. No salesmen. The only person in charge of selling is the individual owner of the car.
Yes. Sales tax in alameda county is 8.75% 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.
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.
You can check out a key to a car, check itís interior, listen to the engine, or test drive it if the owner has given his OK. If you are interested in the car, please feel free to call the owner as we are not involved in the negotiations. Request that the seller call us and authorize you by name to take the car for an extended drive on the freeway or to a mechanic for a diagnostic. When you have agreed with the owner to buy, we will assist you and the seller with your DMV paperwork to conclude the sale.
Yes. Call to make sure the car you are interested in is going to be available. If you want to just check the car out be here before 5:30 pm and bring a current driverís license. We will retain your license, give you the key, and enter you in our database. If you plan to drive, then we also need a credit card to hold as collateral. Test drives stop at 5:00 pm and are limited to a 20-minute local drive. The idea is for you to just get a feel of the car. If you really want to test it longer or some other way let us know, and we will discuss your reasons and test drive request with the owner to see if another type of restricted permission can be granted.
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Our unique, community public display service for private parties offers a no hassle alternative to buying used cars. There are no sales people to pressure you in any way. We do not own, represent or charge commissions on any vehicles. Inividuals pay a nominal flat fee to display their vehicles here and on our website, below:
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