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What to Know And How to Make Money In Flipping Cars

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In this article, you know learn everything on how to make money with flipping cars. Car flipping is the process of buying automobiles at a low price and selling such vehicles at a higher price. Many people have created a home-based business buying and selling cars. You don’t need a huge capital outlay to start this business, or even great mechanical knowledge, although really, this would give you an advantage.

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Getting Started:


The idea of this kind of business is this; the secret to successful car flipping is “buy low, sell high.” In practice, it’s more complicated. Successful car flippers must:

  • Must have a basic acquaintance with state and local automotive codes, including how long it’s permissible to hold a car without registration and when frequent sellers are required to obtain dealer licenses
  • Know where to find undervalued cars for sale and how to obtain them quickly and legally
  • Understand the local used car market

Dealer License Requirements:

First, and most importantly, you need to get right with the law by making sure you have an appropriate dealer license and meet all of the requirements.

Every state requires prolific auto sellers to register as dealers. Applying for and maintaining a dealer license is a time-consuming, paperwork-laden affair. It’s costly too. Between license fees, surety bond fees, and various regulatory expenses, you can expect to spend at least $1,500 to get legal cars for flipping.

Place to Buy Cheap Car:

  • Local car auctions
  • Newspaper classified ads
  • Craigslist
  • eBay
  • Private cars parked on the side of the road with a “For Sale” sticker on them.
  • Supermarket community boards

Know the Value of a Car

When you’re flipping cars for profit, you need to know how to value a car. Look for cars that are in demand and are below market price.

Once you’re face to face with a promising car, get busy checking it for kinks. Start by visually inspecting the interior for damaged flooring, furnishings, safety features, and mechanisms. Don’t worry too much about trash and personal possessions.

Minimum Money To Start Flipping Cars

It is not wise for you to loan money from a bank or anywhere else to start this business. It is prudent to start your first car flip deal with a small amount so that you can mitigate the risk involved.

You might be wondering how much do I need to start my car flipping business? You don’t need much of an investment to get started. Just $3000 to $5000 would do just fine for a start.

What to Avoid When Flipping Cars:

Be aware of the bargain price cars if you see one advertised on Craigslist, eBay, your neighborhood noticeboard, and especially Facebook. I emphasize Facebook because there is all manner of scams particularly involving car sales there.

But of course, check out a car that you know is being advertised below value, you never know it could be for a genuine reason: the seller doesn’t know its value, the seller has to sell quickly due to debt or illness.

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