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Buying and Selling Trucks
Before the internet was around, buying and selling trucks was a hobby that relied mainly on word of mouth and print materials. Since then, everything has changed. The internet allows those who love trucks to find the right trade or sale that they are looking for. Whether you are looking to buy trucks, sell trucks or just make an even trade, the internet will be your ally.
A word about doing business online: regardless of what you've heard, it is safe. Every day, thousands of vehicle transactions happen all over the net, and it is increasingly rare that anyone gets ripped off or scammed. In fact, you might have a better chance of getting scammed by trading by word of mouth than you do by using the internet. That said, nothing is one hundred percent safe, so be sure that you use caution when making any kind of transaction online. Meeting the person face to face is always recommended, as is holding the meeting in a public place.
LISTING YOUR TRUCK
The internet is a great way to sell trucks. For those who are looking to offer up their truck for either a trade or sale, it is crucial that you understand exactly how to list it on the internet. There are many sites available for you to list your truck on that advertise your listing both nationally and locally, and the first thing you want to do is choose one that seems like a good fit for you. Do some research one what services are available in your area and the pros and cons of each. Once you decide to list your truck, be sure that you understand how the billing works, as most listings cost money. Many websites will list your truck for only $19.95, and the ad will stay online until the truck sells. This can be helpful for those who have experienced frustration paying renewal fees for print classifieds.
Next, wait for a nice sunny day and snap a few photos of your truck. Photos are crucial if you plan on your truck selling, as many people skip over ads that contain only text. Choose one photo that you feel exemplifies the truck best, as this will be the main photo that shows up in searches. Most sites let you add at least a few extra photos, all though some classifieds will charge for this.
Now you'll want to write a small blurb about your truck, just like you would for a normal classified ad (although internet ads tend to let you write as much as you'd like, rather than restricting you to a set amount of words). Be sure to highlight everything about your truck that you want people to know who might be interested in buying it or doing a trade, such as the make & model, condition and any extra work or supplementary equipment that you've put into it over the years. Be as detailed as possible, and include a firm price.
BROWSING OTHER TRUCKS
If you would like to buy trucks, you can often do so on the same site you list your truck for sale. Once you have your truck listed, it's time to start browsing the other trucks that are available for trade. Most classified trucking websites allow you to search for free, although some require you to have a membership. Classified sites will allow you to either browse from their listings or search for a specific criteria that you are looking for. The listings you find will often look very similar to one you put together for your truck, so it shouldn't be hard for you to navigate through them.
CONTACTING THE SELLER
Most people who list their trucks will put their contact info in your listing. If you are interested in either purchasing their truck or doing a trade, your next step is to contact the seller and set up a deal. Most sites leave you on your own from here out to negotiate with the seller on a trade or sale. Be sure to be polite and honest when dealing with a potential buyer or seller, and treat them the way you would like to be treated.
This article has been presented by Trucker To Trucker LLC, an online marketplace for trucks, trailers and parts since 2003. Contributions to this article were made by Jim McCormack, Internet truck marketing specialist. If you would like further information, please contact us at 800-240-5811 or visit our website and see our vast list of trucks for sale