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Old 02-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #1
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Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

I'm calling upon the collective wisdom gathered here.

What have ya'll found to be the best way to sell a vehicle recently? I'm talking about a late model car or truck specifically. We're selling my wife's car and my truck and it seems like I'm just not getting much traction.

Craigslist is so full of cars/trucks it seems it would be almost impossible to stand out from the crowd. Facebook has their marketplace, and it seems it would have most of the same issues as Craigslist...except for the potential for even stranger interactions.

What have you had good results with?

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Old 02-09-2018, 06:50 PM   #2
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eBay classifieds is reasonable and has worked for me
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:55 PM   #3
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Have you checked at carmax? Depending on the make and model and how they sell in the area it can be a very competitive offer.

Mother in law was offered 4500 for her 02 Lexus is250 and she is a smoker. Those cars are super popular in Southern California.

Also I traded in my 2015 xterra. They gave me 28k i had bought it 2years before for about 31k.

Atleast worth a look since they will give you a free quote and you can get an idea of what you would need to make private sale to make it worth it to you.

Good luck. I've been trying to sell a can am spyder for a bit, people are weird.

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Old 02-09-2018, 07:16 PM   #4
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Re: Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

It's been a while, but I've always gotten stuff sold either through Craigslist or Autotrader.

It's not too difficult to stand out from the Craigslist crowd if you use proper English and take multiple good pictures of your vehicle.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:40 PM   #5
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It's been a while, but I've always gotten stuff sold either through Craigslist or Autotrader.

It's not too difficult to stand out from the Craigslist crowd if you use proper English and take multiple good pictures of your vehicle.
This.

When I was selling my car, I had multiple pictures of it, a good description of it (in proper English) with relevant information.

While I had a few "crap" calls, most were legit and I had it sold in 3 days (to the first guy that called actually).

The Carmax idea is not a bad idea either. At least give you a good idea what the value is.

You can also look into cars.com. It has a free option, but for like $50 you get a lot of pics and an included carfax report. I thing you get a better, more serious buyers there.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:49 PM   #6
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Park and sell lot, also lots of used car lots will consign your vehicle for you on their lot for a sales commision.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:54 PM   #7
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The last vehicle I sold was on this site.
Prior to that, a dealer made a reasonable offer on a Mazda CX7 I had in for service.

A private party rarely gets full dealer retail. There is potential restitution from a dealer if the vehicle goes lame. There is zero from a private party.

So be realistic about your asking price.
If you get an offer ... it's just an offer, not an insult. Just say no thank you.
Third, don't advertise your disdain for "low ballers" or "waste my time". A serious buyer will more than likely pass attempting to give you a reasonable offer. And you are selling a car ... so you have to invest time to try and sell.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:58 PM   #8
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Have you checked at carmax? Depending on the make and model and how they sell in the area it can be a very competitive offer.

Mother in law was offered 4500 for her 02 Lexus is250 and she is a smoker. Those cars are super popular in Southern California.

Also I traded in my 2015 xterra. They gave me 28k i had bought it 2years before for about 31k.

Atleast worth a look since they will give you a free quote and you can get an idea of what you would need to make private sale to make it worth it to you.

Good luck. I've been trying to sell a can am spyder for a bit, people are weird.

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X2. Also check with franchise (new car) dealers. Top $ given in today's market for used cars in good shape.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:25 PM   #9
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Re: Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

I Have always had good luck with Craigslist. Tried everything else and no luck.

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Old 02-09-2018, 11:41 PM   #10
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You only get top dollar for your trade when your buying a new car and paying top dollar.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:55 AM   #11
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Texas Direct Auto also gives better than average offers.


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Old 02-10-2018, 10:21 AM   #12
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Selling a late model car or motorcycle on your own is headache. With the low interest rate on new vehicles, most people who call on for-sale-by-owner are either low,low ballers or not credit worthy (as in could you carry the note for me)

I recently sold a one year old $45,000 (new) car with less than 10,000 miles for $31,000 after no luck on Craigslist/Facebook/Ebay/auto dealers/... I gave it to a friend who was well connected to the new immigrants/foreign students circle and he sold it for me for cash sale - I gave him $1,000 commission and I still came out ahead of the highest offer by the auto dealers.

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Old 02-10-2018, 10:22 AM   #13
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Re: Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

AutoTrader.com is awesome but cost $$$ ... other than that for free ads Craiglist.com still rules!

Texas Direct Auto - CarMax - Dealers are ok .... but you leave 3k + on the table.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:24 AM   #14
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These folks say they will beat your carmax offer or pay you $100 if they canít!
Might be worth a look:
https://www.givemethevin.com/


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Old 02-10-2018, 11:12 AM   #15
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Re: Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

Thank for the replies.

I've had my truck on Craigslst in Houston for 2+ weeks now. Only 1 call and they wanted to trade. The ad is well written, in english...with punctuation even! In the past Craigslist has worked really well. But the last few times it seems i've gotten less and less response.

My truck is the least expensive Chevrolet HD on there for its year. It does have a lot of miles, but not all that much more then many of the others. I have good pics...
Just a little baffled this time.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:20 PM   #16
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These folks say they will beat your carmax offer or pay you $100 if they canít!
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My father-in-law works at Henna Chevrolet in Austin and they will give you $500 above Carmax quote (within 30 days). Its a very good deal considering Carmax quotes can be so competitive. To be honest though, I've never used it. We just use those "details" to negotiate better on our trade-in deal. If we can't get the dealer to do 'the better' then we would take it over to Henna...but have yet to need to.

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Old 02-10-2018, 12:52 PM   #17
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The problem is financing. Most people looking for a used car or new for that matter dont have 30 or 20 or even 10 thousand dollars in cash available to buy a car. Most people need it financed.
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Old 02-10-2018, 03:28 PM   #18
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Thank for the replies.

I've had my truck on Craigslst in Houston for 2+ weeks now. Only 1 call and they wanted to trade. The ad is well written, in english...with punctuation even! In the past Craigslist has worked really well. But the last few times it seems i've gotten less and less response.

My truck is the least expensive Chevrolet HD on there for its year. It does have a lot of miles, but not all that much more then many of the others. I have good pics...
Just a little baffled this time.
Link to ad? Maybe we can help???
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:06 PM   #19
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I'm calling upon the collective wisdom gathered here.

What have ya'll found to be the best way to sell a vehicle recently? I'm talking about a late model car or truck specifically. We're selling my wife's car and my truck and it seems like I'm just not getting much traction.

Craigslist is so full of cars/trucks it seems it would be almost impossible to stand out from the crowd. Facebook has their marketplace, and it seems it would have most of the same issues as Craigslist...except for the potential for even stranger interactions.

What have you had good results with?

Thanks!
Craigslist is easy, but you can't just have a run of the mill ad. You have to take and post pics that make the prospective buyer want the bike before they even arrive at your door. Secondly, you need to have a detailed description of your bike that's written eloquently to show you're an intelligent guy/gal, but nothing pompous or cut and paste from a dealer website either. Lastly, be excruciatingly honest about the bike.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:38 PM   #20
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Re: Best way to sell a vehicle now days?

Autotrader and Craigslist. In my experience, you get fewer but more serious contacts from Autotrader. It's been a few years since I used it; I think it was a one-time $40 fee.

With Craigslist, you definitely have to sort the wheat from the chaff, but I've had good success. What I do on items that don't sell quickly is repost the ad every Friday morning (for weekend lookers), and change up the ad & title at the same time, so that it doesn't look like the same ad a looker might have seen last week.
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