Selling your car privately is anything but easy. Before anyone’s even reached out, you’ve put in more effort than its worth.

Not only do you waste time trying to make your car look as attractive as possible, but you waste time on people who end up being much less interested than you initially anticipated.

We know what you’re saying to yourself: “There has got to be a better way!”

Well, you’re right. There’s a much better way—ADESA Auctions.

ADESA Auctions is the Easiest Way to Sell Your Car

At ADESA Auctions, all you have to do is fill out the form below, set your asking price, and we’ll take care of the rest.

All that time you would have spent haggling with a half-interested buyer, or taking iPhone photos from just the right angle—gone. We’ve got all that covered, and then some.

Take a look at our process infographic to see how easy it all really is.

To get started, get your FREE quote by filling out the form below. We’ll give you a call right away!


Truth is, nobody has the time to sell their car quickly when selling privately. Vehicles typically spend months on the market, either because nobody is interested, or you just have better things to do than to haggle with some dude who is only half-interested.

So then what if you’re strapped for cash? What if you need some money fast, and all you have to sell is your vehicle? Do you post an ad online and hope that it strikes someone’s fancy?

You could… but if you’re in a hurry to sell your car, ADESA Auctions is your best option.

ADESA Auctions Is The Quickest Way To Sell Your Vehicle

If you’re strapped for cash, ADESA Auctions guarantees an offer in 7 days or less.

But here’s the best part—we do all the work. You set your asking price, and we’ll take care of the rest.

No risk. No hassle. No upfront costs. You only pay once your car sells or after it’s been through three auctions.

Have a look at our process infographic to see how it all works—and how simple it is for you!

All you need to do to get started is fill out the form below, and we’ll give you a call with a FREE quote right away.



At ADESA, many of our customers opt to sell through our auction after various attempts to do so privately.

We constantly hear that selling privately can be a waste of time, and many potential buyers try to low-ball right off the hop. Often times, our customers simply aren’t comfortable with negotiating the sale of their vehicle to begin with.

Fortunately at ADESA, customers are able to set their minimum sale price. This means the vehicle will not sell unless the highest bid hits that price or better.

The obvious advantage is that buyers have no idea what the seller’s asking price is. Around 30 per cent of the time, the highest bid actually exceeds that price.

Of course, the opportunity to negotiate with the highest bidder is still present, but unlike selling privately, we’ll do the haggling for you.

To get your free estimate on your vehicle, fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch shortly!

It can be tough to part ways with your ride, but sometimes it’s for the best. Here are seven signs that it’s definitely time to take the leap.

You Just Don’t Drive That Often

Old, unused car.

If your car is simply collecting dust in your driveway or your garage, it’s a telltale sign that you should consider selling it.

Your vehicle is meant to be driven, and if it’s acting as more of a decoration piece than a mode of transportation, why not make a bit of cash off it? You’ll also free up some space for all those activities you’ve been wanting to try for so long.

It’s Costing Too Much

Gas, maintenance, insurance, parking—it all costs money. A lot of money. In fact, in 2017, Global reported that owning a vehicle costs some Canadians between an average of $8,600 and $13,000 per year.

As necessary as your vehicle might be, if you’re on a budget, selling your car might be a wise decision. Not only can you make some quick cash off the sale itself, but you’ll also put yourself in a good position for long-term saving (or, you know, that Harley you’ve been eying…).

You Need The Cash

We’ve all been there. Sometimes you just need a little more cash flow. Depending on what you drive, you can sell your vehicle for enough money to pay the bills and have a bit left over for a celebratory steak dinner.

You’ve Clocked Over 150,000 kms

Wear and tear—it’s a part of life whether you like it or not. You want to get the most out of your vehicle without driving it into the dirt. As a rule of thumb, the average car travels around 20,000 kms per year, so you might want to think about an upgrade at around the 7-8 year mark.

This is the point where you’ll start running into unexpected issues and costs. If you can afford to invest in something brand new and don’t want the inconvenience of impromptu maintenance, think about selling when the meter strikes 150K.

People Stop and Stare

It’s simple—pretty cars typically sell for big bucks. You might own a classic, like the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (maybe unlikely, considering it sold in auction for a record-breaking $38 million in 2014, but you never know!) or a really awesome modern car, like the Tesla Model S.

Collectors are always on the lookout for something nice, and if you’re not a collector yourself, you can put it in more deserving hands. Hands that are willing to drop some serious cash.

You Just Want A New One


Sometimes you just need a change. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, you just want something new. That’s okay, but why keep your old car around to watch you make nice with another… now that’s just cruel!

You Actually Want to Sell, but You Think It’s Too Much Of A Hassle…

Selling privately can be a pain, but at ADESA Auctions, we do the hard work for you. Have a look at our process to see how it simple it really is.

At ADESA Auctions, we see all sorts of vehicles come through our lot—some in running condition, some not so much. It’s no secret that the vehicles that are able to drive right on out of the garage tend to sell for more than those that may need a little work.

If you’re looking to get the most out of your vehicle, drive up the value by taking some preliminary measures before the big auction.

Get It Safetied

Don’t get us wrong; a safety isn’t required to sell your vehicle in ADESA Auctions, but it’s a surefire way to attract more potential buyers and higher bids.

Safetying your vehicle ensures that it has met the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued. Some potential buyers are looking to purchase a vehicle as their primary mode of transportation. For them, proper safety is a key factor in their decision making process.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Mustang repair.

Regular maintenance will improve the lifespan of your vehicle. From the moment you make the purchase, stay on top of regular oil changes, fluid levels, tire rotation and alignment, tire pressure, and potential leaks.

It doesn’t take much, and the more diligent you are, the more it’ll pay off when it eventually comes time to sell.

Give It A Good Clean

You want your vehicle to look as attractive as possible before sending it through the auction. And yes, this means tossing out all the old Tupperware and empty Tim Hortons cups from the back seat.

Vacuum the interior, shine the tires, get rid of the dust under the hood and wax the exterior until it’s squeaky clean. The more presentable your vehicle is at face value, the more it’ll attract potential bidders. If you aren’t prepared to do it yourself, ADESA offers various detailing packages. Whether your vehicle needs a simple hand wash, or a serious scrub-down, we’ll make sure your car looks as good as new before the auction.

Replace The Tires

Nice new tires.

Especially in provinces with heavy winter snowfall, tire traction is important. If your tires have little-to-no tread, consider replacing them before putting the vehicle through the auction. Buyers will often expect a discount if they are required to change the tires after purchasing. Do yourself a favour and add a little more value onto the vehicle.

Top Off The Fluids

The best way to ensure that your vehicle is running as smooth as possible is to simply top up fluids before the auction—oil, brake fluid, anti-freeze, even windshield wiper fluid. Not only does it show that your car is well-maintained, but it also sets the buyer off on the right foot. This way, they won’t have to leave and make an immediate Canadian Tire run.

Replace or Clean Headlights

Fancy headlights.

Burnt-out or dirty headlights just make the vehicle look and feel old. A new headlight doesn’t run you too much these days (typically under $30) and restoration products can even be found around the house!

If your headlights are looking a bit dusty and dingy, try buffing them out with toothpaste and a soft cloth. They’ll look as good as new in no time.

Check Your Brakes

If the brakes don’t work, the buyer can’t drive the car. It’s that simple. If you don’t get your vehicle safetied, at least make sure your brakes are working properly. A working set of brakes is sure to raise the value of your vehicle.

Repair Any Scratches, Dents or Cracks

Dented vehicle.

Again, you want your vehicle to look as presentable as possible at first glance. Cracks, dents and scratches are immediate signs of an unkempt vehicle, and that may not always be the case. A vehicle might run like a charm, but if it’s all banged up, potential buyers will make assumptions on the condition of the rest of it. Don’t give them a reason to assume the worst.

ADESA offers auto-glass repair services in-house. If you’re looking fix a cracked windshield, we can take care of it all before running the vehicle through our auction.

Repair Major Mechanical Issues

When you’re looking at spending money on some major mechanical issues, it may be time to cut your losses and run your vehicle through the auction as-is. However, if you think you can make a profit once the issues are addressed, it might be wise to do so. You never know how much you’ll get for your vehicle until the offers start rolling in!