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Selling Your Vehicle Through Us on Consignment

(Cars and Motorcycles)

There are a couple options when considering selling your car depending on your time-frame.

If you have a little more time to work with, we may be able to get you more for your car using our consignment service. We will sell the car for you under one of our car sale classifications depending on your vehicle’s age, mileage, and condition.

For the consignment service, we can help you sell your vehicle whether you will be in the country or you will be gone.  We will do a consignment agreement and after the sale we will provide you with a full report and transfer the funds to your local or international account.

Consigning your car or motorcycle with Expat Auto gives buyers peace of mind that comes from our pre-sale inspection, and depending on what car class, the presale repair requirements, and our written warranty on parts and labor.

There are a few basic steps in selling your car or motorcycle through us:

  • 1) We can make a quick initial assessment as to whether we will take the car in on consignment and give an approximate sale price, but finalization will be dependent on our detailed inspection which can be scheduled right before or after the car is left with us.
    * Notes:

    • Car makes that we accept: Toyota, Honda, Isuzu, Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Suzuki, Kia, Proton, Hyundai, MG, also some European brands such as BMW, Mercedes, etc will be considered.
    • We require the vehicle to be left in our care after our inspection unless it is 2 years or newer and still under manufacturer warranty.
    • We will only take bikes that are fully licensed.

 

  • 2) After our full inspection, we will let you know of the findings and provide an estimate of any findings. Upon approval we can then proceed to perform any discussed repairs and detail the vehicle in preparation for advertising. *For the Bronze sale class, not all repairs are mandatory but may have a few minimum requirements as well as make some recommendations to help sell the vehicle easier. Any items not taken care of will be presented to the potential buyer.
    • Note: The seller will also be responsible for cost of ownership transfer fees, road tax if it is within 3 months of expiring at the time of sale.

 

  • 3) We will advertise it on our site in the appropriate section and through other internet channels in order to give your car maximum exposure.

 

  • 4) Service fee: The service fee will be deducted from the sale price of the car when it sells. Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss the details and options best suited to your vehicle.

What the service includes:

    • A detailed multi-point vehicle inspection.
    • Arrangement of any necessary approved repairs.
    • Basic detailing, pictures, and video. *Additional detailing fees will be required if any detailing beyond the basics is required.. ie. upholstery shampooing, headlight lense polishing, paint buffing, etc.
    • Advertising on multiple websites.
    • Storage and weekly engine start up, battery charging.
    • Client scheduling and appointments.
    • Sale agreement and ownership transfer service.
    • Depending on the car sale class, a warranty to the buyer.

Learn more about the paperwork and transfer fees involved for selling a car here.

The other alternative to our consignment sale service is to sell the car outright or on trade with us. See details about selling outright here.

Consignment Sale Service Inquiry Form

1Car Information
2Vehicle Condition
3Vehicle Owner

CAR INFORMATION

Add your vehicle details
if no emblems on car, may have to look inside the front page of the manufacture warranty book.
You can find this date on the right hand side of the vehicle details page of the title book (bluebook).
You can find this date on the top left section of the vehicle details page of the title book (bluebook).
(required info for Pickups and SUVs)
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
Please upload up to 3 photos (jpg and png less than 5Mb please)
  1. latest vehicle info and current owner page
  2. latest Tax update page
  3. other change page

Consignment Sale Service FAQs

Almost, though we do have our standards :).  There are a few problematic models that we won’t accept as well as some quality/condition requirements that need to be met (we can help with this though).  We sell older cars as well as like-new cars so we have created a car classification system in order to be able to facilitate a system that allows for cars of varying ages and conditions.


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The main difference is the time-frame to get your money and the amount of money you will receive. With a purchase offer you will get your money right away;The amount we can offer will be less than you would get after using our consignment service. If you are not in a rush to sell, the main advantage of the consignment service is that you will be left with a greater amount than if you take a purchase offer.


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Yes, we require the vehicle to be left in our care after our inspection unless it is 2 years or newer and still under manufacturer warranty. In that case the car can be in your care but we don’t recommend it as it will reduce your chances of being able to sell the car if viewings are only available by appointment.  We have clients that come in all the time without appointments and don’t know exactly what they are looking for so if your car is here and available to look at all the time.


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At least 30 days before your visa expires would be our recommendation (requirements for getting a residence certificate is min. 20 days remaining).  See next FAQ on additional preparations you can make.


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 If you are going to be leaving the country it is important that we sort out the paperwork before you leave to make sure we can transfer the car in your absence.  

 

Currently the department of land transport (DLT) requires the seller to have a valid visa and residency certificate (which you can only get if you are in the country) at the time of doing the transfer.  Unless you have a visa that is still going to be good for a long time and you can provide an affidavit from your consulate that doesn’t have an expiration date we will need you to find a friend that would be willing to let you transfer the car into their name temporarily until we sell it so that we can submit the required paperwork to the DLT when the time comes to transfer it to a buyer.  

 

This initial temporary ownership transfer process will require both you and your friend to get a residence certificate (unless they are Thai then just an ID card copy), then we will have to get another residency certificate for your friend once we are able to sell it.  Don’t freak out if it sounds complicated, we’re here to help!


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Selling your car can take anywhere from one week to several months depending on many factors.  Some of the factors include, inspection and repair estimate approval time, specific repairs involved to prep the car (ie. some paint work), the type of vehicle, time of year, and price.  The lower you are willing to start on price will help with this time-frame.  Periodic price adjustments are also part of the consignment agreement to keep the process moving.


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In order to maintain our reputation of providing cars at fair market prices, we will do the market research and assess the condition of the car and suggest the starting price. Initially we will give a market range, then after the full inspection and repair approvals we can nail down the starting price based on the condition.

If you would like to price it lower than our suggested price to facilitate a quicker sale that is also acceptable. We also require monthly price drops as a percentage of the current sale price after the first two months to ensure it doesn’t sit for too long.


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The consignment fee depends on the age and condition (which will determine which car classification we put it in and our warranty risk/ time-frame), as well as the final selling price for all sales classes except Bronze class which is a flat fee because this is the as-is section and we don’t have any warranty risk.

The basic pricing is based on a % of the final sales price, with a minimum fee set for each. Please set an appointment with our sales team to come in with your car so we can give you the appropriate information based on your car details.


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