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:

64 Comments
  1. Ben

    I’m not a dealer and had several successful auctions with BaT. I research my cars and set what I believe is a reasonable reserve. The results have always bettered my reserve. Most people think their cars are more valuable than they are. I’m semi retired and am dispersing a 40 year collection and BaT is my go to resource for sales.

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    • Cory

      I’ve sold one car on BaT and I was pleased with the sale. I set my reserve at a realistic price and had no issues. I agree with Ben that most people think their cars are worth more, which ultimately hurts them because they tend not to sell their cars.

      I do wish BaT had more private auctions. My guess is that there are more dealers because they are realistic about what their cars are worth.

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      • Mike sanders

        I’ve got a beautiful car with only 64,000 miles on it. I wrote a great description of it and had perfect pictures of it taken with undercarriage videos showing absolutely no rust. Submitted it and within the hour they rejected it. I don’t get it!!

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        • Guys with Rides

          It’s not you, it’s BaT. Unfortunately, as Bat continues to add dealers (about 40-45% of lots on any given day are dealer-sourced on BaT), repeat brokers, and an ever-growing number of “Official Partners,” it’s getting harder for private sellers to get their ride listed on that site. Please call Rudy directly at (877) 468-6497 if you’d like to have your ride listed in days on GuysWithRides.com!

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    • Anonymous

      I submitted a car that is often listed on BAT that was rejected even though it was submitted as “No Reserve”. Don’t understand why that would be given I spent thousands of dollars fixing it up and it photographed very well.

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      • Guys with Rides

        We’re sorry that happened to you. We would love to hear more about your car and we’re willing to list it with your desired Reserve Price. Please give Rudy a call at 877-468-6497.

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  2. Harry Santner

    I was turned down by BaT a couple of weeks ago and still haven’t recovered from the damage it caused to my psyche. LOL

    I was attempting to list my brother’s one owner, really nice Volvo 245 wagon and, judging by their history of auctioning similar but not as nice cars I thought it would be a shoo-in. Not only was I not selected but I haven’t been able to get them to respond as to why.

    I think its pretty obvious that its to their benefit to move upscale and only list cars that sell for higher prices. After all, part of their compensation is dependent on the selling price. I also think that they are simply not equipped to handle the volume of potential listings that they could be getting so they are a victim of their own success…”jumped the shark” as this site says.

    I like the auction format and the more selective listing criteria of the “old” BaT. What a great opportunity for someone.

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    • babysfirstvolvo

      In general, I find BaT’s Volvo offering pretty weak. I don’t know if it’s because of a lack of submission or interest on BaT’s end, but there is a real lack of love for Volvos.

      On the other hand, it seems like you can sell just about any kind of 911 in any condition on BaT.

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    • Mike swedenborg

      I had the exact same experience. I attempted to list a Volvo 245 in top condition: Zero rust; rebuilt engine; newer transmission; new and upgraded suspension components; good paint, and interior immaculate. The photos I took were exactly as they recommend. The engine had about 150k miles on the rebuild. I was turned down twice and the best answer I could get was that the “high mileage might put off bidders.” They didn’t take any time to read that the odometer was not indicative of the drivetrain mileage. I never even got so far as a phone call. Rejected within minutes, twice, more than a month apart.

      My impression is that unless you’re paying for their premium listing service, or you’re one of the dealers giving them additional kick-backs, you will NOT get your car listed.

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Mike, we’re sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with BaT. If you haven’t sold it already, we’d love to learn more about your Volvo and whether it might be a good fit to list here on GuysWithRides.com. Please feel free to call Rudy at (877) 468-6497 to discuss and it’s quite possible we could have your Volvo listed the week of July 5th. Two things Bring a Trailer doesn’t offer: a phone number to talk to someone and a one-week turn-around.

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      • Anonymous

        I have a 1953 ford victoria completely restored. I took it to Hershey AACA and received 1st Junior 2019 and Senior Award 2020. This car is outstanding but was rejected by BAT. I see other 1953 ford’s that have been on BAT and they were differently not as nice as mine

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    • Bernhard Obry

      To sell the car to sell the car. My Bradley GT I was accepted to the shock of many haters and after a no reserve auction it reset what one will go for for the next few years. It was sold on BaT because I sold the car to BaT first. I was listed 2 cars away from a Ford GT 600K car that sold on the minute, a 944 that was next sold on its minute, My car “Penny” went 24 minutes past it’s scheduled end a couple hundred bucks at a time. It was the auction of the week on a 50 year old $7800.00 kit car.

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Bernard, congrats on getting your Bradley GT sold. One question: please elaborate on “I sold to BaT first.” Are you saying they bought the car from you, you transferred the title to them, and then they auctioned your car? Thanks!

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        • Anonymous

          No I sold to BaT meaning I had a good story and presented it well to them. I sold them on why it was a worthwhile listing.

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  3. Anonymous

    Tried to sell a zb 50 honda with 90 miles on it and got turned down. I am crushed 🙂 what morons.

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  4. Dan Titus

    I submitted a quite clean 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser with 189k miles and a $15k reserve and was rejected today without explanation in what appears to be a form email. I followed all the BaT seller suggestions and included a Carfax report and over 130 photos. There aren’t a lot of FJ62s on the site and I’ve seen some that don’t measure up to mine. No idea why it was rejected.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Dan,

      We’re sorry to hear BaT turned you away. With BaT’s current daily capacity limited to 60 vehicles per day, estimates indicate the site now turns away over double that per day as they continue to take the site upmarket and COVID-19 significantly increased their user base even more. That’s one of many reasons we created GuysWithRides.com and we have big news coming very soon! Without seeing any pictures of your FJ62 and researching Hagerty, your reserve seems to be in the ballpark depending on what’s been rebuilt mechanically with 189K miles. We would love to have a shot at finding a buyer for your FJ62, so if you’d like to give it a shot at no charge, you can start the process by following the “Submit a Vehicle” link from the top menu.

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    • Angela

      I’ve tried to list a very nice Jeep Wrangler YJ that looks better than most I’ve seen on the site. Was turned down twice with a much lower reserve the second time I tried to list it. I asked for a reason twice and never received a response. I think they are arrogant and it will bite them in the long run, but they don’t care… look at the money they have already made!

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Angela, We’re sorry to learn you had a bad experience with BaT. Unfortunately, many enthusiasts are finding it harder to get their car listed on their site. We would love to talk more to you about possibly listing your YJ. Feel free to submit your application at https://www.guyswithrides.com/submit-a-ride/ or just call Rudy (877) 468-6497.

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  5. RyAn P.

    Hello I got rejected for my 260z 2+2 in great condition when there has been a ton on their website not really sure why seemed like a good fit must just be over flooded right now. Would love a T-shirt though.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Ryan,

      Sorry to hear that BaT rejected your car for auction. They are flooded with an estimated 150 requests daily yet they only have the capacity for about 55 auctions five days per week on average. That combined with the fact they try to keep the average daily sales price around $30K to keep the criticism about going upmarket at bay. Unfortunately, that’s why you’re seeing more motorcycles and boats auctioned on the site.

      If you submit the story of you and your 260Z at https://www.guyswithrides.com/guys-with-their-rides/ we’ll be glad to send you out a T-Shirt and other free GWR swag.

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  6. Alex OhaNA

    Just a quick question to why BaT doesn’t want to list my 2000 Porsche Boxster that’s been in sema shows for 2 years and been in lots of magazines? I didn’t even put a reserve amount because I’m not sure what it’s worth so I put a range ? Based on the same cars you have on the site, the one I have is amazing. It would be nice to get a little more detail on your end.
    Thanks
    Alex

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Alex, thank you for reaching out. Without seeing any pictures of your Boxster it’s hard to put a value on it. However, your mention of “SEMA Shows” clues me in that your Boxster has been heavily modified. With BaT receiving an estimated 150 auction requests per day but only 65 average spots to fill, that site continues to be increasingly more selective in what they auction. Please feel to send several pictures to email@guyswithrides.com and we’ll go from there.

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  7. Glen Feller

    I tried to post my 97 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT S convertible last year. Only 30,000 miles, all stock, all options. Very sought after car for tuners. Did I say it was red with tan leather seating. One owner vehicle and I wanted a 15k reserve. They said NO too high of a price. Have you seen the prices of the vehicles that sell on BAT. This would have gone higher.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Glenn, I’m sure your Mitsubishi is a great car but in this particular instance, we would have to side with BaT.

      Based on our quick research, your requested reserve of $15,000 would have made it the highest paid for any example since new.
      Here is the link for recent sales of hardtops on BaT and only one broke $10K: https://bringatrailer.com/search/mitsubishi+eclipse/
      Similarly, the #2 “Excellent” condition on the Hagerty Insurance valuation tool shows $14,400: https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1997-Mitsubishi-Eclipse-Spyder_GST
      Finally, classic.com indicates an average sale price of $8,106 with the top price of $14,250: https://www.classic.com/m/mitsubishi/eclipse/2nd-gen/

      If you were that confident your car would have set a new record, you should have had the confidence to offer your car at No Reserve, and BaT likely would have likely posted it. Without seeing your car, based on the data above your Eclipse had a high probability of getting $13,500-$15,000, so BaT likely wanted you to set a reserve price of $10,000 to help keep their sell-through rate above 70%.

      It sounds like you ended up selling it elsewhere. If so, where and for how much?

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  8. donald hopkins

    Tonight, I spent a good 30 mins submitting my add and a ton of pics to sell my 1998 pro street custom Harley. It has a supercharger and NOS. It’s like new and was on the cover of easyriders magazine in 1999 and it won 2nd best in show in 1999 at a huge easyriders bike show in Atlanta in 1999. It has only been ridden 3-4 times by mechanics who built it. It’s like new. https://vimeo.com/512266778 Less than 20 mins after submitting, I rec’d an email saying…

    Sorry, but your submission was not accepted.

    Hello Donald,

    Thank you for submitting your 1998 Custom Pro Street Harley Davidson FXR to us for consideration.

    We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can’t.

    We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

    Not a damn thing about WHY they didn’t want to sell my bike!?! I did tell them through FB msg that their “submit a vehicle” is very convoluted when trying to submit anything other than a car. Maybe they didn’t like that and just refused me because they got butthurt? I dunno.

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  9. Anonymous

    Wow apparently I’m not up to speed with whats worthy of Bats consideration. I’m a 72 year old car guy. I’ve restored everything from a 47 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery to MB 230 SLs. I’ve won my share of Best in Class in British thru 32 Highboys. I’m also into vintage 60s Go Karts . I attend 2 or 3 meets a year. There’s always a show and I often bring a show kart for one of the classes. I’ve won Best un-restored, restored and Peoples Choice . I’ve sold stuff on Ebay,taken stuff to Barrett. Jackson and generally had pretty good luck.

    I belong to both the Vintage kart groups and we were amused when we noticed some karts showing up on BaT. People look too on line auctions for amussement as often as they do to find their next toy. The karts that have been on BaT are top notch as karts go. They should be the best of the best. One of my buddies decided to skip Ebay and go with Bat. Lots of pictureeds and a little too much information, but thats how the new BaT wants it. I decided that I need to thin my collection and redid a kart with the intent to list it with BaT. The stuff onBat is nice but not any better than we show at our meets. I guess I did something wrong my kart was not worthy. Maybe someone at BaT doesn’t like orange the only color Lancer karts came in. Maybe they want hundred thousand dollar stuff now,that where they make their money. Boring I’ve seen enough Camaros and Porsches. Maybe I should have sold my Honda Z50. There been lots on Bat.

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  10. Hugh

    I just got my 1976 BMW 2002 rejected by BAT. It was a euro bumper conversion, less than 100 K miles, and, what is unusual for old bimmers and the most important consideration for a prospective buyer, NO RUST (an Arizona car originally). Body and paint is in excellent condition, and with the bumper conversion, it looks great. Runs beautifully with no smoke. Recently did a full service on it and has new shocks, CV joints, and battery. And to top it off I (reluctantly) listed it as no reserve.

    I really don’t get it. I see alot of 2002s on that site, and few of them are is as nice as mine. Some of them even have what I would consider non-trivial rust issues.

    I wonder if they have a preference for dealers and flippers. I notice that most of their cars are sold by people who have owned them for only a couple of years — or less. I am an enthusiast owner who does his own maintenance and have had the car for over 10 years. BAT might be geared to a different clientele these days (?).

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Hugh, thank you for your candid feedback. BaT is not the site it once was and these days, forty percent of the rides offered on BaT are in fact dealer-sourced listings. The fact you agreed to list your ’76 2002 at No Reserve is very telling. If you’d like to give our auction site a try, why not give Rudy a call at 877-468-6497. Not only will we list your Bimmer at a mutually agreeable, market-appropriate reserve, we can also have your car’s auction ready to accept bids by April 5th at the very latest. We’d love to earn your business!

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  11. Anonymous

    I submitted a Jaguar Mark 2 project (a running car needing some TLC to make it a proper driver) to at no reserve and the listing was rejected without any reason, I point out to BAT that a month before there was the same kind of car listed in way worse shape with a locked up engine. My comment to BAT, explain how you make your decisions, it is a matter of common courtesy to the would-be seller, the decision process seems totally random and whimsical.

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  12. HR

    Yes – I got the same “form letter” as Donald Hopkins from Bring a Trailer. I offered a 40 year old three owner 1981 Porsche 928 with no reserve. It’s a complete car in original condition. It would be an excellent restoration candidate or an outstanding parts car.
    But, despite having previously listed a total of 381 Porsche 928 units BAT turned my car down without explanation.
    At the least, I thought the car would be placed in a queue for a future auction with the disclosure it was a project car.

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  13. Scott Marcotte

    In the last Month I submitted my 3-owner 2010 Audi S5 with 106,000 miles No Reserve. Clean carfax, clean car, misc small imperfections/scratches, clean interior. Good running car. Denied twice. Thought the first time maybe it was quality of videos because i was doing it driving a 6 speed.

    The second car was my parents 75-80 years old, as the second owner of a clean 2005 Dodge Magnum RT with 72,000 miles clean carfax, again NO Reserve. Tiny imperfections in paint, interior as new. Only thing that didn’t work was the lid on the cup holder. Beautifully pampered creampuff of a car. Denied again

    Hello SCOTT,
    Thank you for submitting your 2005 Dodge Magnum to us for consideration.
    We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can’t.
    We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.
    Thanks,
    The Bring a Trailer Team
    Hello SCOTT,
    Thank you for submitting your 2005 Dodge Magnum to us for consideration.
    We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can’t.
    We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.
    Thanks,
    The Bring a Trailer Team

    Sorry, but your submission was not accepted.
    Hello SCOTT,
    Thank you for submitting your 2010 Audi S5 to us for consideration.
    We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can’t.
    We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.
    Thanks,
    The Bring a Trailer Team

    So i don’t know the reason. I just think it is kind of ridiculous that most of the items listed now is dealers. So it must be who they want to work with and not the general public.

    I asked for a reason, but they were unwilling to reply with one.

    Scott M
    naples, fl

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  14. JohnS

    Well, I thought I was the only one. I tried to submit my car a while ago with a whopping reserve price of $4,000 and they told me the only way to have on the site was to take off the reserve. By reading all your stories I guess I still am a privileged person… And here I thought I was unlucky. Sounds like I won the lottery compared to the rest of you.. I understand they make their money with commissions so I kind of see their point. Anybody wants to start the next website for auctions that treats seller and buyer with courtesy and respects? And don’t mention CarsandBids. I am still waiting them to answer me my e-mail from 3 months ago…

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    • Mike

      Bat had a decent amount of previous listings for Lincoln town cars 1980+. I was denied today without reason for listing a 1986, 1 owner, 34k mile, cream puff. I had profession pictures taken, videos uploaded to YouTube and submitted everything correctly. I set my reserve at $12k considering the average town car from that generation brings 16-32k! Very frustrating.

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Mike, thank you for your feedback. Coincidentally, We just sold an ’86 Cartier Edition last week with only 21k original miles for $10,500 (after setting the reserve at $12,500). If you’d like to talk about listing your car on the site, please feel free to call Rudy at (877) 468-6497.

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  15. Tranwong

    Submitted a super low mileage 6MT Audi S4. They are not easily had – my local Audi dealer offered $36000 for it if that tells you anything. Mine is a single owner vehicle with an Audi Pure warranty. BaT’s response? Denied with a template email. An automatic transmission S4 just sold for $41000 and my reserve was well below that. Those automatics are not hard to obtain.

    Who knows their rhyme or reason but I’m not buying the ‘we get a ton of submissions’ line. Sure that may be part of it but there has to be something more to it. Perhaps they get more money from dealer submissions.

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  16. Michael Clancy

    I submitted a new build dune buggy. All new. 1915 cc hipo motor etc. Have been a repeat seller.
    Everything works, Title in my name etc. Got the sorry, this doesn’t fit our criteria. As I type this they have 2 dune buggies for sale. Then I was turned down on a set of Fuchs Porsche wheels. They sell a set every other week. No reserve, said no thanks. Don’t get it. I closed my account. Sold about 10 vehicles before they got to big.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Michael, we’re very sorry to hear that has been your recent experience. While we do not have as large a following as BaT, we would love to earn your business. Please feel free to call Rudy at (877) 468-6497 to deal directly with the owner!

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  17. Erika

    BaT turned down my stock 1994 Jeep Cherokee Country today. Old-school XJs sell very well and my car is in comparable condition to what they’ve accepted in the past. There have actually been Jeeps in crappier condition that they’ve accepted, so I thought mine would be a shoe-in. A person in the Jeep community had recommended I sell on BaT. From what I’m reading, their selection process is arbitrary at best.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Erika, we’re very sorry to learn your XJ has been turned down by BaT. Without seeing pictures of your XJ or knowing what you may have asked for a reserve price, it’s hard to determine why they turned you down but we know firsthand how frustrating it can be. If you’d like to have us consider auctioning your XJ, please consider applying using the following link:

      https://www.guyswithrides.com/submit-a-ride/

      We could have your XJ ready for auction starting next Wednesday if you start the process this week!

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  18. Alessandro fabbri

    I have just finished restoring a 1961 Lamborghini 2R tractor, it is better than brand new, a couple months ago another one sold for 40K dollars, set my reserve to 10K dollars and after minutes I got the message that my vehicle was not accepted.. I really do not understand why or how given it is a desirable vehicle right now in the US.

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  19. Susan

    I also had a successful sell on BaT of my 2000 Corvette. I tried to post my 1979 Honda CBX low mileage good condition, all original parts, etc. But was ‘REJECTED”. No reply as to why. Perhaps I set the reserve too high? I’ll never know. I wanted to use BaT to sell my bike because I noticed other CBX’s being sold on their site in the same or lesser condition w non-original replacement parts with higher mileage. I’ve been told these bikes will appreciated into the six figures? As others have stated owners emotionally feel their items garner a higher value. I’m no different, but I’m also a realist. So there she sits in the garage . . . . . . . collecting dust.

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  20. Amy

    I have a 1989 Range Rover Classic that I just picked up. Very loved. In very good shape w/high mileage (255,000+). Body pretty immaculate. 20 years of mechanics records. Brand new battery, good tires, lots of updated work. Just passed CA smog. One known issue – steering wheel pump leak. Otherwise I’m driving her every day to work.

    Super popular on BaT and bringing in high prices so I assumed it would be a shoe-in. I filled out application, shared dozens of photos, long description. Nope. Pretty fast reply. I can see that the miles may be scary, but she’s been a daily driver for decades and one would assume some RR fanatic may be intrigued.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Amy, rides with that kind of mileage regardless of the brand are something that BaT rarely ever picks even though that kind of mileage averages out to only 8K annually. Given that mileage, you have to be realistic about the value of the car as any above $7,000 would be a blessing.

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  21. Marcus Fix

    I have a 73 Ford Maverick V8 auto with a/c and documented 33,000 actual miles that was turned down. It’s not a perfect car, but incredibly straight and absolutely flawless inside . My first attempt with BaT and may be my last .

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    • Guys with Rides

      One of the easiest ways to get rejected by Bring a Trailer, or our site for that matter, is to demand a reserve price not consistent with market reality. We spoke with this potential seller and unfortunately believed $19 – $20K was a realistic place to have a reserve price. The reality this potential seller would not acknowledge is the fact that his ask would be a record price for a ’73 Maverick, especially one that has several areas of primer paint performed by the previous owner. Consequently, we respectfully declined to offer this Maverick.

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  22. Chris

    Attempted to list my 83 Rx7 (Red) on BaT at the suggestion of my mechanic who’s shop only works on rotary engines. Had the car detailed in Dec 2021, and thought I was ready to go. Took the pictures then went about submitting it to BaT. Spent all the time filling out the ‘paperwork’ and loading the pictures for the submission. Thought I was all set, had no idea how selective BaT was and unfortunately didn’t know that going in.

    Got the form/generic ‘not accepted’ email with nothing else.

    I’ve learned more her about why they might not have wanted to sell my car than I got from BaT.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Chris, thank you for your comment and we’re sorry your Rx7 did not make BaT’s cut with no reason given. We’re reaching out to you via email with our phone number as we would love to learn more about the car and potentially list it for you.

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  23. Stephan

    Just tried to list my 2001 VW Eurovan Weekender (Westfalia). Car has only 70k miles. It’s very clean. I had it for 11 years. New everything (Tires, transmission, steering rack breaks, bearings…). Waited 3 days and received a rejection letter. No reason was given. I liked BaT, but now I think they are arrogant. After spending all the time submitting, uploading pictures, scan vehicle title and upload.. at least tell me why?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Stephan, we’re sorry to learn about your poor experience on BaT. Just remember, it’s not you – it’s them. I just sent you an email providing a Market Valuation for your Eurovan as we would like to earn your business. Please feel free to call Rudy at (877) 468-6497 to learn more and talk about next steps.

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  24. Jeff

    I was just turned down by bring a trailer I have a honda 90 I am the second owner I have the original license plate issued with the bike in 1973 and a copy of original title .my bike has a clear title and a permanent registration in Oregon.the bike is in excellent condition new paint all original I am confused by their decision they sold a honda 90 that had no title and no shrowd a month ago.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Jeff, we’re sorry you were turned down with no explanation given. It’s them, not you. Your Trail 90 sounds like a great bike that we would love to offer in an auction, so please feel free to reach out to Rudy directly at (877) 468-6497 to learn more.

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  25. Anonymous

    I have a really nice Honda CT70H with original paint and it was reject d. This bike is super collectible and they rejected with no reserve. What morons, right? They seem to be ignorant of motorcycles. They rejected a 1972 Yamaha RT2 360 of mine as well. The NADA is ten grand for excellent condition. They shouldn’t auction bikes if they don’t have any knowledge of them. Then, after mine are rejected they put some aPOS) by comparison ) on there!

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    • Guys with Rides

      We’re sorry to hear about your bad experience with BaT. We would love to auction your CT70H – please give Rudy a call today (that’s right – a phone number you can contact the owner with) at (877) 468-6497 to discuss getting your Honda listed ASAP!

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  26. Seth Fisher akaq Barney Fife

    I was “restricted” from BaT for standing up for my friend’s wife. She had a VERY nice sport’s car that caused some freeway yahoos to bother her to the point that she felt she had to sell her beautiful ride.So the big deal that got Bat’s undies to knot up ? As far as I can tell it was because in telling these “men” what they were doing was not cool and to back off , I referenced the Holy Bible . I guess the “progressive’s of San Francisco” saw this as an affront and that they did not need the 1st amendment anyway .

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    • Guys with Rides

      Seth, thank you for sharing your experience. We’re sorry you could not post your comments on that site. While we review and approve each comment before posting it, we firmly believe in letting people exercise their First Amendment rights on GuysWithRides.

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  27. Tim

    My very clean 1992 Nissan 240sx SE was ‘decline’ without reason. What an arrogant bunch. Too bad they’re not as great as they think they are 🙂
    http://www.tidentenn.com/240sx/

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  28. Ron Perry

    I submitted my 1974 BMW 3.0CSL Batmobile, which is in #1 Condition. I had it listed previously on BaT and it was a RNM. I was quickly contacted after the auction by a BaT employee asking me why I didn’t lower my reserve?? The RNM price was $280,000. I had brokered two other private sales of Series 1 Batmobiles for $380,000 and $400,000 just prior to my first auction. I had to kindly tell the BaT employee that I didn’t lower the reserve because it was nowhere near market. That was back in 2019. I decided to list the car again this year and requested a $600,000 reserve, since there was a recent sale in December 2022 at RM Sotheby’s for $611,000 USD. The BaT employee told me that they didn’t want to base my reserve on just one recent sale and showed me one in July of 2022 that sold for $280,000 and that is where they wanted my reserve. So, I said……wait….you don’t want to base my reserve on a most recent sale, but want to base your perceived reserve based on just one older sale??? You are not making any sense to me! Anyway, that is where the dialog stopped.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Ron, thank you for the feedback. You mention you brokered two private deals, which means they would not be captured by the four main syndicated auction pricing sources. Interestingly, a check of Hagerty’s online valuation tool shows prices that come closer to your expectations, however, knowing that Hagerty relies heavily on self-reported data, we typically take their values with a grain of salt. These cars rarely come up for sale publicly, and because of that there is a disconnect between what BMW “Batmobiles” achieve at auction versus what you report you’ve succeeded at privately.

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  29. Jamie Graff

    I just tried to list my great condition 1981 Jeep CJ5 4.2L with T176 transmission and I got denied. This Jeep is beautiful. Essentially no rust, low miles, original body and frame.

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  30. Jason Meyers

    Hi there,
    I submitted my classic Mercedes with BaT just today. Low milage, near mint interior – a car that was garaged and un-driven for 20 years. Answered all questions, provided detailed service records and photos, and was rejected moments after I received the “we received your submission” email. That’s fine, but a little more information as to the reason for the refusal or perhaps a “preferred” list of makes and models so one could eliminate submission and the time it takes to do so beforehand. Just a thought.

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  31. Anonymous

    I just tried to list a Chrysler Sno-Runner on BaT, but they turned me down because I wanted to have a $2500 reserve price. That’s it. I put a lot of work into restoring it, and $2500 isn’t even that high, but Randy turned his nose up at me anyway.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Well, we would be open to listing it that reserve price and since you were turned away by BaT, you listing is free! Please give Rudy a call today at (877) 468-6497 to get the process started today!

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