Month: October 2015

Meet at yours, theirs or in public?

When you’re buying or selling a car privately there’s an obvious problem: where do you meet? The advice is contradictory depending on which side of the deal you’re on.

If you’re buying – meet in the driveway of their house so you can be sure they own it.

If you’re selling – meet away from your house so that strangers don’t know where you live and can’t return to steal the car at a later date.

Confusing eh?

For both buying and selling – bring someone else with you.

That last piece of advice is interesting: what happens if they bring someone with them? Do you then bring two people? Do you tell them that you can both bring four people for back-up? Where does it end? It ends if a vehicle is TrustHub verified and there’s less of a need for that arms race. Both sides should exercise caution sure, but as a buyer you can rest assured that who you’re meeting is accountable with TrustHub.

Anyway – where to? Many people end up meeting in public places to stay safe but that’s often where car criminals want to meet as they don’t want to be traceable. Sometimes of course, with significant distances involved, it’s good to meet up halfway between you. TrustHub let’s you safely meet in public places now that the buyer knows that the car has been TrustHub verified. You as the seller no longer have to tell potential buyers where you live. Everybody wins.


How is TrustHub different from a car history check?

If you’re buying a car, history checks are great – we recommend getting one – but they can’t tell you everything. For example they don’t tell you that the car you’re checking is actually the car you’re being sold. Criminals often replace the registration plate on a car so that if you do a history check it comes back clean. If you were to history check the real identity of the car you might get a shock!

Your car is only half the story – TrustHub shows you the other half. When you’re selling your vehicle, TrustHub checks your identity so that you can show you and your vehicle are trustworthy. In return you get to display the TrustHub verified logo so that potential buyers can easily spot you in the crowd. Everybody wins.


What are the benefits of using TrustHub?

It’s hard to pack so many benefits in so few words on the main page. That’s the hurly-burly world we live in. So we thought we’d write a blog post on them for those more curious individuals like yourself. Selling your vehicle privately is a good way to make more money from it. You don’t need to effectively pay dealers to ‘take your pride and joy off your hands’. That same dealer’s cut can instead be shared between you and whoever buys your car.

The problem is that it’s human nature to want as much of that ‘cut’ as possible. Its one of the many inherent conflicts between you and the buyer. For security you may want to meet in a public place rather than at your house – you don’t want them calling by to pick up the keys at 4am later that night…

If I was a buyer, however, I’d want to meet at your place to make sure you are who you say you are. So where to? With TrustHub you can meet anywhere – when your buyer knows that we know who you are and who owns the car, they can rest assured. This means that you stay safer, sell your car quicker and for more. That means less time fielding phone calls and more time spending the extra money you just made. Everybody wins with TrustHub.


Why we do it


Why indeed? Is it for the money? For the satisfaction of one less scam in the world? Well its a little of both of course. In our previous jobs we got sick of seeing criminals get away with it time and time again. Decent, ordinary people like yourself were left to face the, sometimes devastating, consequences of the criminal’s actions – while the criminal rarely did. So we set out to change that with TrustHub. Everytime you use TrustHub’s unique system you contribute to a little less crime and a lot more frustrated criminals in the world. We make money from that – then we use that money to make sure we frustrate more criminals in future.

Everybody wins with TrustHub.