AAA chapter enters peer-to-peer used-car space

SAN JOSE, Calif.  - 

A Western chapter of AAA said Monday it has launched a peer-to-peer service for used-car sales.

AAA CarConnect, provided by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, is making its debut in San Jose, Calif., and aims to provide some “neutral” ground in the used-car sales process between individuals.

It is currently available at the AAA San Jose Brokaw Commons branch. Expansion is planned for next year.

“As a leader in safety, we want to provide assistance to our Members and the general public in the used car-buying market, an area of the automotive industry historically rife with safety and trust challenges,” AAA Northern California president and chief executive Tim Condon said in a news release.

“96 percent of people say trust is missing in the used-car buying and selling process. Through AAA CarConnect, we want to remove those barriers and provide an easy and safe way for buyers and sellers to connect and enable secure payments while also providing the impartial trust and guidance that is the cornerstone of all of AAA services,” he said.

AAA Northern California said the program will offer guidance from the organization’s advisors, neutral meeting spots for test drives, a 60-point inspection, aid in DMV paperwork and a way to transfer funds securely.

Sellers receive an inspection and appraisal on each car they wish to sell, and the organization will also assist regarding listing on preferred online marketplaces.

Buyers receive “full transparency into vehicle quality and include trusted and expert guidance from AAA Auto advisors from start to finish.”

A 30-day limited warranty is provided on qualified vehicles. Additional services, like F&I and maintenance, are also available. 

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