Once Driven Review – A Scam or Legit? Read this first!

If you are reading this Once Driven review, likely you have received a call or 2 or 3 from these guys trying to sell you their unsolicited car selling services. Keep reading to see what I discovered about this Once Driven Scam!

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What to Expect in This Once Driven Review:

In this Once Driven review I will tell you about my personal experience with Once Driven, what I really think about them and some things you can do to stop their car selling calls.

Recently, I placed a classified ad on Craigslist to sell one of my cars. This is not the first time that I have sold a car on the site, however the first time it has resulted with multiple calls from this company Once Driven.

The caller Aaron has phoned several times at different hours leaving the same sells-driven message about how his company Once Driven can sell my car fast with a list of buyers that they have ready to purchase my car. The first 2 calls from Aaron came from 18889416515. The following phone calls were BLOCKED with a voicemail left stating that I could call him back at 15409044838.

In one of his messages Aaron states that it won’t cost that much to get my car sold. However, in another message he says that there is a small charge of $200 which will be worth my while and get me guaranteed results! The first thing that I asked myself is..how can you deliver anyone guaranteed results on a car that you haven’t seen or driven before? Not logical.

Has this been your experience with these guys? I am guessing so if you reading my Once Driven review. Let me know in the comments section below what you think. If this has been your case, then I am quite sure that you did not solicit their car selling services.

What to do?

Whenever I place an ad on CL I always select the box at the end to specify that I do not want any sells-related calls. This usually works to avoid these types of unsolicited sells calls.

I am not sure if you are already registered on the Do Not Call List. If so, one thing that you can do is file a complaint & report Once Driven for not respecting your privacy here. Telemarketing companies have to respect this or else they face a hefty fine!

Another thing that you can do to stop unsolicited calls from Once Driven or other telemarketers is to block them on your smart phone. If you have an iPhone, when you look at your call log and then click on “Block this Caller” and it will block them.

Should you use Once Driven or Not to Sell Your Car? 

Being that we live in an era of BEWARE, I decided to do some research online to find out more about Once Driven at www.oncedriven.com. Also, I stopped by the BBB site to see what they thought about the company and to my surprise I saw this report here. (This link will open in another tab to view).

The purpose of my Once Driven review is not to tell you what to decide. If I have sold my previous cars on CL without any problem in the past, why do I need to pay someone to do it for me now?

Supposedly they have a list of buyers ready to buy per messages left, but my reasoning then is why pay nearly $200 fee ($189 per site) to list my car when I can do that myself? There is no guarantee that your car will be sold. They guarantee that they will continue to market it until it is sold beyond the 45 days. Any advertiser who places an ad on CL can repost for free. There is no charge to do this so I don’t see why I would need their car selling services, nor why they feel they have the right to call you several times soliciting unwanted business.

Once Driven Review Conclusion…

Once Driven is a 100% SCAM! There are tons of negative comments online about these scammers on sites like Yelp, and Rip Off Report just to name a couple.

You DON’T need this company to sell your vehicle online. You can do it all by yourself just like I did! I hope you much success!

After reading this Once Driven Review, what do you personally think? What has been your personal experience with these guys? Your comments below please…

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  1. Once Driven is a Total Scam. I wish I would have done a little more research before I signed up. Their marketing is terrible. You will get better results from Craigslist or anywhere else. DON’T DO IT! I sold my vehicle off CL for $26,000 to a legit buyer with no issues.

      1. yes they are, they recorded my call, so I also hit the record button, before the guy could even say a word, I let him have it, told him that the first time I called, I got the name of the company, hung up, and went to the net, and told him that I wanted no part of their scam, and I know how they operate, informed him I contacted the BBB and they filled my ears, his reply, “oh, so you’re going to believe everything you hear, right?”, YES I AM, when it comes from the BBB, also told him of the online reviews that said they were a scsm, his reply, “Oh, so you’re going to believe everything you read too? YES I AM when I am investigating, I told him about the youtube videos saying they are a scam, his reply, “Oh, so you’re going to believe everything you watch? YES I AM when I am investigating, he kept trying to argue his point, he finally shut up long enough for me to tell him that I try to live by 2 rules, Rule 1, Always trust your gut, Rule 2, See Rule 1, and my gut was telling me that it’s a scam, and if I get 1 more unsolicited phone call from them, I am going to the police, and then I’m getting a lawyer for harassment. Then we’ll see who’s been “once driven” .

        1. Yeah Jim these guys are complete scammers! Stay away. Thanks for taking the time to investigate and research online FIRST before trying it! And you are 100% right, trust your gut. If it doesn’t sound right, it’s not.

  2. Just wanted to say thank you sooo much for your input just started getting the calls on a pickup im selling the other day and when I called back they explained how everything works and I didn’t give them a credit card number as I wanted to do some checking first so thank you again for saving me $189!!!

  3. Had a guy named Payton been calling me 3-4 times from 540-904-4838. I finally called them back and told them that I always click on the option not to be contacted regarding services, and unless they have a contract that states they will be paid the fee after the vehicle is sold that I am not in any way interested in anything they have to offer.

    The only thing they had to say after that was. I will make sure we don’t contact you anymore. lol

  4. I just got two calls from them, called back and spoke to a woman names Kelli who sent me info, their website, a list of customer testimonials, etc.. then I looked online and saw the terrible rating on BBB, and lots of complaints online, on facebook, etc. I did give her my address but told her I wanted to research the company before giving my credit card.

    I just sent back an email asking her to delete my contact info, and not to call or email me again. I hope that they are not going to send me mail (since I gave them my mailing address). ugh..

    what a pain in the butt!

    1. I am glad Terry that you did NOT give any of your credit card info and that you did your research online first & checked their BBB report. Hopefully they will not send you anything in the mail.

      I hope that you have a successful sale of your vehicle with a real buyer.

  5. I too got a call from once driven. I did call tem back and told them I was willing to pay the $189 AFTER my car sold, For some reason they had no interest. Needless to say I turned down the offer.
    A few months back I had someone contact me offering big moeny to let the ‘wrap’ my car.
    A vinyl overlay on my car that had advertisement on it.
    They even sent a check. I had the check looked at and was told that is was a fraud as i suspected.
    Figured people with fraud cncerns might be interested to now abut that one too.

    1. Mike, those car wrapping advertisements are scams. I would stay away from those. However, I hope that you are able to sell your car successfully!

  6. Thank you want I call and waiting to talk to someone I hear what they charge. I talked to some one and I told her that I don’t have the money. I was not going to do it anyway. I just wanted to see if she would say we can take it out once we sell it for you. I am glad I do my research first.

  7. Been getting called from this outfit for two days. Two or more calls a day. Kept saying he could sell my vehicle, I’m selling a bike. I just knew something didn’t seem right, so I googled the two numbers i got off my caller id and now I know its not right thanks everyone. I had no intention of paying anyone to sell it for me, but I was curious

    1. Steve, stay clear of these people they are scammers. I’m glad you googled first to check. I hope that you are able to sell your bike successfully! Take care.

  8. I’m so glad I came across this, I got the same call from “Payton” figured it was a scam but so glad I started doing some research and found your post. Saved me extra time, money, and headaches from these scammers.

  9. Payton called me from 540-751-3319. He left a VM asked me to call him back at 540-904-4838. Nope. Not going to call.

  10. Peyton is a busy man, he’s called me 3 times about selling my “vehicle”, it’s a boat for pete’s sake! I did talk to them but didn’t sign up until I did some research and found this – THANKS GUYS, you saved me some $$$ and time…

  11. Thank you for this article and comments! I have gotten 3 or 4 messages from Peyton about my boat on Craigslist. The weird part for me was he would leave a message but my phone would never ring, there was also something about his voice that seemed automated. Now I know to block the number

  12. Save your money. I used their service. I did not receive any potential buyers. I sold my vehicle to a local person. I was supposed to receive a refund if I sold it myself. After 3 months still no refund. There is still a God in heaven who will settle dishonest accounts on judgment day.

  13. It’s back to the old cliche’ ~ if it sounds to good to be true, it 99% likely isn’t.
    That Payton is a busy guy ~ he’s called EVERYONE. FUnny, did not sound like a recording.

    Here’s what really makes me chuckle ~ one person wrote: “{He} states that it won’t cost that much to get my car sold. However, in another message he says that there is a small charge of $200 …”. When I allowed myself to be suckered into calling them I told the woman that if Payton had mentioned the $200 in his 1st massage, I woulda called sooner. She said “I’ll pass that on but I think he always does”

    I’m so irritated that I allowed myself to be suckered ~ WHOO HOO for Fraud Protection Credit Card ! (CapitalONE is the BEST)

    1. It was Aaron before it was Peyton. Ever noticed that No One has ever talked with either of these guys?
      Iv’e talked with hundreds of ppl and no one has ever actually talked with them.

  14. These Jerks have been erroneously spoofing/giving out my telephone number for 2 years. I have been contacted by the Craiglist lawyers for all of the data, number names etc that have left VMs on MY number. This information was scraped from Craiglist (In violation of their TOU) and solicited for their OnceDrivens service offering. My next step is to get my own lawyer and recover some of my disrupted life back from these idiots. Just because these assholes leave a number DO NOT call it back. Block it instead. DO NOT do business with then, go check out all of the reviews oh and heres a bonus: https://www.bbb.org/western-virginia/business-reviews/auto-listing-service/skyline-metrics-llc-d-b-a-oncedriven-com-in-roanoke-va-90012133

  15. After placing a listing on cars.com I have received 2 calls from Payton and have not returned the calls and after reading these comments, I won’t.

    Thank you,

  16. Yup. Payton is still at it. It is $289 now. I thought it sounded good at first but the tip off was how unfriendly and guarded the woman was on the other end when I called back. I suppose that can happen anyway but it made me suspicious. So I looked online and found scads of negative hits. These scam artists are pretty tricky sometimes. So glad I didn’t fall for it. Thanks for the review.

  17. I listed a used car for sale on Craig’s List and in less than 24 hours had a call from “Payton” on a phone line (540) 751-3319. He left a message explaining that he would guarantee me the sale of the car I had listed all I had to do is call 1-888-941-6515. Out of curiosity I called the number and was “in que”. That was when I became aware who the company was that Payton was representing. I immediately researched this company and found all of the negative reviews.
    I refuse to do business with someone who calls me and asks me to call them back and then has me on “hold” – you’d think that if they are wanting to “scam” a person they would try to do it as expeditiously as possible.
    Thanks for the information provided here….you saved me from some headaches!

  18. I recently listed my car on the internet and also got several calls from “Peyton”. It was annoying. But there’s a difference between a scam and a service that just isn’t all that worthwhile.

    Like the post describes, their value proposition is that they list your car on the site and connect you with buyers who are also on their website. This isn’t a new concept and not worth $200–you could do the same thing on Autotrader for $100 for their “premier” listing. I was thinking they actively market your vehicle, design the advertisement, hunt down buyers, provide a seller’s guide, etc. but it doesn’t look like they do anything like that.

    So I think their service is lousy, but it’s not a scam because I think it’s pretty obvious what they’re selling.

  19. Yeah it’s great to see these comments. Only it’s a little late. “Payton” called me a couple of times and the offer seemed quite attractive. I called back and got Kelli. It seemed so much like it was a legit business……. the holding, the background advertising and the waiting list. I fell for Kelli’s offer, because she promised a refund if it didn’t work. She kept on calling me every week to update the ad. Finally I sold it. And asked for the money back. Even a month later nothing came. Just an excuse and another promise. Five months later, nothing. It’s true, on judgement day God will reward everyone according to their deeds.

  20. My story lines up with everyone else but they wanted to charge me $289! I must have sounded more gulable than the average bear. This thing smells from a mile away and Craig’s list must know they are doing it as it has been going on for years.

  21. I’m so thankful for your information and thank you to everyone who took a minute to tell there story. I have a almost new Foodtruck that I really desperately need to sell and I was contacted right after I listed on Craig’s list. I was going to be charged $289 which I really can’t afford since I’m now disabled. I’m so glad I listened that little voice saying check into it.

    1. Thanks Atward for your feedback! I’m glad that this info helped you today! I hope that you are able to successfully sell your food truck soon a real buyer. Have a great day!

  22. I live in Ontario, Canada and they are doing the same thing here. We don’t have craigslist but we have something called Kijiji. I posted my jeep for sale and the next day the calls started from “Jamie”. They have used no less than 6 different numbers which when I looked up were spoofed from everywhere from Quebec and Ontario Canada to California. I never answer and everytime they call from a different number I post it online to warn people. SCAM!!!!

  23. Thank you so much for posting all this information. I listed a car for sale yesterday on Cars.Com. “Jamie” from Once Driven called and left a voice message for me with the same info as the lame stories from Once Driven that fill your blog. Needless to say, because of all your investigative work, I will not be calling Once Driven.

    Thanks for saving my “checkbook” and me from certain headaches and stress.

    1. Thanks Niccole for your comment. I’m glad that you didn’t fall for this scam and took time to research first. I hope that you are able to sell your car. Have an awesome day!

  24. BUYER BEWARE! THESE GUYS AND GALS are NOT LEGIT. They never refunded my money even though I have email verification that it was approved for refund. After numerous emails with Once Driven, my patience finally ran out. I called my credit card company to dispute. Credit card company gave me the credit and will go after Once Driven. I had sold my car on Craig’s List before the 45 day rule expired with Once Driven. They’re just plain garbage.

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