Reselling your carport

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Resell your carport

If you’re upgrading your carport or simply don’t need it anymore, then it can be a good idea to sell it rather than simply dumping it. Unless you have a very old carport in bad condition, you should be able to at least sell some of the parts even if it’s impractical to sell as a whole.

This post outlines some of the ways in which you can sell parts and things to consider when reselling new carports. This information can also be applied to metal and steel buildings, flatpack sheds and similar. Read on to find out more…

How to sell a carport

The first stage of selling your carport or other metal construction is to consider what’s actually practical to sell. If you’ve got a kit you’ve never put together, or a couple of kits that you’ve selectively removed bits from, these are easy to list. Be honest and accurate when describing the condition, what (if anything) is missing or broken, and use any model names, brand names and numbers. If you’re listing your carport online or in a newspaper, using the brand and reference number in the title is extremely beneficial.

If you’re working with only a small amount of parts, for example just carport canopies or carport support posts, it may be worth listing them separately rather than bundling them together. If someone contacts you about one lot, you can always tell them you have other listings they may also be interested in.

Where to sell your carport

As we’ve already mentioned, selling online or in a newspaper ad are your main options. Both of these can incur costs, but places like Craig’s List and eBay are good – if competitive – choices. When placing an ad in a newspaper make sure you will make enough on the the sale minus the advert cost to justify your time. It may also be worth putting up notices on local noticeboards to attract potential buyers near your location, which will save you money and stress in the long run. Some carport manufacturers and wholesalers may also take good condition carports and carport parts off your hands, but you will not get a particularly good price unless you negotiate hard. On the plus side, they will often come and collect from you, which saves a lot of hassle and gas! If you’re simply trying to get rid of your carport rather than focus on making a profit, this may be the best option for you.

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Adjustable Carports

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Carports with adjustable legs are a great way to have all the benefits of a carport on uneven ground, and there are plenty of other benefits too. Read on to find out more.

Adjusting your carport

Although the most common type of adjustable carport consists of raising or lowering individual legs in order to allow for more stability and better placement, there are also other types of adjustable carports.

Some models allow you to adjust the height, allowing for larger vehicles such as bigger trucks or shorter ones such as scooters or Minis. These types are perfect if you see different types of vehicles come and go. Others adjust outwards to allow for multiple vehicles or with lower extensions to reach out over a door or entrance. These kinds of adjustable carports are great if you really want to tailor your carport to your property and make it look more like a natural extension, or simply if you want to avoid the worst of the weather whilst heading out to your car.

Portable carports

Adjustable carports should be considered along with portable carports as many models available on the market today provide both features. So if you’re looking for a truly versatile vehicle storage solution, a portable and adjustable carport is likely to be your best option.

However, you need to consider the climate and general weather in your region as both portable and adjustable carports are slightly less stable than their permanent counterparts. This is generally not a problem unless you’re in an area which suffers from extreme weather conditions. Even then, you can take additional steps to secure your carport if necessary.

It’s recommended that you don’t try and turn your existing portable carport into an ‘adjustable’ carport by propping it up on something or attempting to reduce the height of the legs more than it naturally allows for. Doing so will affect the balance and operation of your carport and may cause damage to people or vehicles.

Permanent adjustable carports

Permanent carports can also be adjustable in some cases, but this is likely to be a custom job which will involve spending more money. If you do go down this route, make sure you’ve involved throughout the process to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. You can expect it to take a lot longer to be created and shipped to you due to the amount of work involved. You’ll also need to make sure your measurements are spot on – so dealing with local companies or those prepared to send out a representative is not a bad idea.

Wholesale Carports

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Wholesale carports are a fantastic way to cut the cost of buying a carport or garage. Rather than compromising on quality or size, you can save a lot of money by picking up a wholesale or discount carport.

Buying wholesale carports

There are plenty of discounts to be had, particularly at certain times of the year when carports aren’t selling very well. This will largely depend on the weather in your part of the country, but it’s worth investigating as end of season stock in good condition will always be a bargain.

Ultimately, remember the golden rule: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be sensible, and don’t be blinded by a ridiculously good price. It’s more than likely that there’s something wrong with the carport, or there are crucial components missing, or it’s extremely small or impractical in some way.

Discount carports

Manufacturers are often keen to get rid of prefab carports as they take up valuable storage space, so it’s worth trying to negotiate on price with local companies or end of range/out of season carports. If you can, take the time to visit the store in person and show you’re a serious buyer. Even if you can’t get a discount on the carport itself, you may well be able to get discounted accessories or carport parts.

Display carports

Ex-display carports can save you big bucks. Ok, so they’re probably going to be prefab, but if they’re metal carports they are still going to be in great shape.

If you’re buying online, make sure you clarify the quality. Many carports will have been used in demo videos, so email and ask if you can’t see any on the site. They may well be listed under ‘refurbished carports’.

Wholesale metal carports

Always buy a metal carport if you can as they will last a lifetime, even when they are discounted or ex-display models. Wholesale metal carports offer excellent value for money whether you choose steel or aluminum.

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