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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Protect Your Car: Keep It in the Carport

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There is more to worry about when you park on the street than simple “gifts” from birds in the trees above your vehicle. Your car, truck or SUV is much safer when you park it in a carport, to protect it from the elements. In addition, who wants to scrape ice off a frozen car or truck, if you live in an area that has bitter winters?

With the money that you pay for a vehicle today, you’ll want to protect it from sitting at the curb outside your house. Checking at InsuranceQuotes.org, you’ll discover that it’s less expensive, as a rule, to insure your vehicle, when
you park that car or truck in a carport or garage.

Carports are generally made from metal, and they will also keep the sun from fading your vehicle. They keep your vehicle safer from people who might want to steal it, since the carport is usually right up next to your house. This is a safer parking place than parking on the street.

You’ll save money building a carport as opposed to a garage, since it is more of an open type building than a more substantial garage. Include a light in your carport – this will be handy if you’re working on your vehicle, and it will also deter possible car thieves. This is another reason why you may find lower rates at InsuranceQuotes.org if you park in a carport rather than on the street.

It’s more economical to add a carport to your lot than a garage, since the garage is an actual building. You may even find a portable carport, which you can move around if you renovate your home at a later date. Giving your vehicle a place to safely spend the night will put your mind at ease, knowing that your vehicle is well-protected.

“Carports are ugly and are an eyesore” – we need your opinions!!

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As you can imagine we at metalcarportsandkits.com love carports, so recently, over a cup of coffee  in the mall, we were discussing carport plans, designs, wooden versus aluminum (as you do!) when a guy came over and stated in a loud voice that ‘carports are ugly and an eyesore’. Can you believe it? Before we could ask him why he held those opinions he left abruptly so we spent hours surmising what he meant and would greatly value your comments regarding his statement voiced so vehemently.

Are carports ugly and are they an eyesore?

To date we cannot think of a  single car port which could be considered ugly because most folk seem to either carefully plan, design and build their car port which can be fairly expensive and time-consuming yet pleasurable project sometimes involving at least two, if not more , members of the family. Once built they are often the family’s pride and joy after the house and are carefully maintained and even personalized.

Other homeowners acquire a car port when moving house and no one surely wants to give a poor impression of their new home by spoiling it with an ‘ugly’ car port. Surely if they did not find it of any use then the obvious choice would either be to dismantle it or spruce it up and make it into an extension of their new home?

Most car port owners take great pride in their erections and many are determined theirs will match, as far as possible, the exterior of their home – are these eyesores my friends?

Have you ever spotted  car ports plastered with graffiti, broken windows, leaking roofs or those which look like they need knocking down?

We honestly think this man was just plain jealous of us car port enthusiasts. I wish him well, but think he needs to be properly initiated into the car port world…

We welcome your comments please!

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