Rejected By Bring a Trailer? Tell Us Your Side of The Story.
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Rejected by Bring a Trailer? If you landed on this page, chances are you recently spent an hour or more on Bring a Trailer’s website applying to auction your collector car. Then you were shocked and frustrated to receive a rejection email moments later with no reason given. You are not alone, and we detail why Bring A Trailer rejected your submission below. No one should be treated that poorly, and we’re out to change that.
We admire the collector car auction site BringATrailer.com (more affectionately known as “BaT”) and respect all of the hard work Randy Nonnenburg and his partner Gentry Underwood put into their website to take it from a cool, car-classified aggregation blog with no followers in 2007 to what is now a full-blown curated vintage and classic car auction site. However, since converting the site completely to auctions at the end of 2014, BaT went from being a source of affordable, interesting vintage and classic cars between private sellers to becoming yet another mostly high-end auction outlet, 40% of which is dealer-based. Why? Supply and demand.
Since 2014, BaT has slowly raised their auction curating capacity to the current average of nearly 100 lots per day, seven days per week, for a weekly total of over 700. During an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.com on April 23, 2019, Randy Nonnenburg confirmed BaT only posts 40% of the auction requests the site receives. During the same session, Randy admitted at the time, BaT received an average of 100 auction requests per day or roughly 700 weekly. Since then, we conservatively estimate those figures have doubled to 1,500 weekly.
Do the math and conservatively, Bring a Trailer continues to turn down at least half of weekly auction requests received! Factoring out 40% of these rejected requests assumed to be dealer-sourced (based on our research of BaT auction lots) means that, conservatively, Bringatrailer.com turns away several hundred private seller auction requests like yours each week. Thus, BringaTrailer.com now has the luxury of being very particular about the vehicles they offer at auction due to the sheer selection available at their disposal.
During the aforementioned Reddit interview, Randy points out that 60% get weeded out because sellers won’t budge on an unreasonably high reserve price or seem shady based on their phone interviews. Additionally, he repeated that sentiment in this interview on The Smoking Tire Podcast #530 from 2021 (the statement can be heard at the 41:30 mark):
While we agree the curators deal with much of that, we also do not doubt over the past seven years, BaT quickly learned how to weed out potential bad apples. They can now rely on their growing database of sold collector and vintage cars to recommend reserve prices to sellers. So, the question becomes this: in their effort to increase their sales rate (currently averaging between 70% and 80% year-to-date), does BringaTrailer.com try to coerce some prospective sellers into accepting an artificially low reserve price in exchange for featuring a collectible car at auction?
If you are a private seller who has tried to list your collector or vintage vehicle on BringATrailer.com but was turned down, we’d like to hear from you. Please post your story below!
If you can provide proof of your story, decide to list your ride with us, and we accept it for auction, not only will we will send you free GuysWithRides stickers for taking the time to post, but your listing on GuysWithRides is free – that’s nearly a $100 value! We’ll also get your ride listed much faster than Bring a Trailer could ever dream of doing! Better yet, why not give our founder, Rudy, a call directly at (877) 468-6497 and deal directly with the website’s owner.
Finally, here’s our one-minute elevator pitch on why we believe GuysWithRides offers better service for buyers and sellers than either Bring a Trailer or any other online or traditional collector car auction: