Sell Your Car

Selling to The Auto Pilot vs. Another Dealer

Reason #1 – It’s honest and transparent.

Just like our pricing, we don’t play numbers games with your appraisal.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do you accept trade-ins?Yes. In fact, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy one from us.


  • Will you buy my car?Once your car has been appraised, we’ll give you a written offer that’s good for seven days. And you are under no obligation to buy one of our cars if you sell us yours. If you decide to sell us your car, be sure to read our checklist of


  • Can I get my car appraised online?You must bring your car to the store to receive an appraisal. To determine your offer, we will need to inspect and test drive your car. When we’re done, we’ll give you a written offer good for seven days.


  • What happens to the cars The Auto Pilot buys?Even though we’ll buy any car, only about half of those bought by us will ever be sold to the public. Each car must pass our rigorous inspection before we’ll consider it for our lot, and cars that don’t meet our high-quality standards are sold at auctions to other dealers.


  • Why is your written offer different from retail prices?Our appraisal offers vary from retail prices for several reasons. Due to the costs associated with reconditioning and applying guarantees and warranties on the cars we purchase for retail sale, we must purchase a car at a lesser amount than what we will sell it for. All cars that we purchase for retail sale, regardless of the condition, must undergo a thorough 100+point inspection and be reconditioned to meet our high-quality standards.


  • How can I get an offer for my car?You can have your car professionally appraised. This process usually takes 30 to 40 minutes, and we’ll give you a written offer that’s good for seven days when we’re done.


  • What makes The Auto Pilot different from traditional dealer appraisals?The Auto Pilot written offer is good for seven days, and is valid whether you buy a car from us or not. Most traditional dealerships appraisals are based on you trading in your car for a new one, and they won’t buy your car outright. And if you decide not to buy a car from us, your offer will stay the same.


  • Is your offer negotiable?No. We make a written, no-haggle offer on every appraised car.


  • Will making modifications to my car affect the offer?Supply and demand ultimately determines the desirability of any car or feature in the marketplace. A feature sometimes could improve the offer, and other times it could have a negative impact depending on the feature/modification. Sometimes, an aftermarket modification may void the factory warranty, thus reducing the offer.


  • Will regular maintenance/repairs affect the offer?Your car’s overall physical and mechanical condition will have an impact on your appraisal offer.


  • Do I need an appointment for an appraisal?Yes, an appraisal appointment is necessary. Your appraisal takes as little as 30 minutes. If you would like to set up an appointment please contact a us at 570.523.2020


  • How can I save on taxes if I buy and sell at The Auto Pilot?Your trade in value will be deducted from the sale price of your new vehicle. This is valid in Pennsylvania. Out of State buyers, please check your local state code.


  • What if all titleholders cannot be present or one is deceased?If all titleholders cannot be present, you must speak to us before selling a car to The Auto Pilot. In some cases, we may be able to accept a Power of Attorney, allowing someone else to sign on the absent titleholder’s behalf. If a titleholder is deceased, you may have to transfer the title into your name before The Auto Pilot can buy your car. This can usually be done by taking the title and supporting papers to the local titling office.


  • Can you sell my leased car?In most cases, you can sell your leased car in almost the same way as any other financed car. We’ll appraise the car or truck, then contact the leasing company for a payoff quote and process any equity you might have. Please note that some leasing companies will not allow you to sell the car prior to the expiration of the lease. Also, be aware that your leased car might not be eligible for the trade-in tax savings described above. Check with your leasing company for complete details.


  • What if I owe more on my car than the amount of your appraisal offer?If your pay-off amount is more than the offer for your car, the difference is called “negative equity.” In some cases, the negative equity can be included in your financing when you buy a car. If not, we’ll calculate the difference between your pay-off and our offer to you and you can pay The Auto Pilot directly. Our written offers are good for seven days, giving you time to get any necessary funds to settle your transaction.


  • If I choose to sell The Auto Pilot my car, could I get it back?No. All car sales to are final.


  • What if I have a lien on my car?We will need to contact your lien holder during business hours to get a 15-day payoff. To pay off the lien, we will need your lien holder’s name and phone number, the name(s) on the account, and your lien holder’s account number and social security number. If a previously paid-off lien is listed on the title, you’ll need both the title and the lien release from the lien holder before we can purchase your car.


  • Can I sell a car on behalf of a company?If you would like to sell a car on behalf of a company, please contact us for the requirements needed.


What to bring with you

  1. Your car’s title or payoff information—all titleholders should plan to be present. (If any person listed on the title cannot make it, please visit our FAQ.)
  2. Valid current registration to confirm ownership.
  3. Valid government issued photo ID for all titleholders.
  4. All keys and remote(s)—if original keys/remotes are missing, it may result in your offer being adjusted.
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