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Old 06-19-2006, 06:50 PM   #1
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So I've had my 97 for sale for almost a month and I haven't had one serious bite yet. I'm honestly getting kind of discouraged. I've got for sale signs in my car, car listed on cragislist and I park it in a semi-heavy traffic area. I have it listed locally as "$4,100 OBO, No reasonable offer denied".

Any tips? I really want to sell this thing so I can get a car that I will not disclose yet (some members know what I'm looking for - please keep it under wraps until I can do a whoreage when I buy one)

Thanks for any help...
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Would you try eBay? I had a lot of luck selling a car on eBay for the first time.

I'm still trying to sell another car of mine. Ebay didn't work out with this one, so it'* currently at a dealership and they are selling it for me.
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May sound stupid, and I'm sure you already thought of it, but never hurts.

Is the car visibly in it'* best shape? Fresh wax, keep it washed, tires shiny, interior cleaned. If someone is trying to sell a car and it shows it hasn't been cared for, interest will immediately drop. If you have to use quick detailer a couple times a week for a month, and maybe an extra wash, or the extra 5 minutes cleaning the rims, it will really pay off.
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try autotrader brady!!!
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try autotrader brady!!!
Probably going to...but it costs money :(
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Two things will always sell a home or auto: Price. Cleanliness.

If you're advertising "no reasonable offer refused", why not drop the price to that "reasonable offer" amount? By keeping the price high you're automatically eliminating potential lookers. For example, someone might have a budget to spend $4,000, but you're asking $4,100. They're likely to not even look, even though your rock bottom might be $3,500.

My motto is to ask what'* fair and justifiable. Clean it up as best you can. And, demod it. I won't go near a car that'* been modified. You'll never recoup the costs of modifications unless you sell them as parts.

And, remember the market is very soft. Used cars a dime a dozen. There'* a reason why I only paid $9,500 for a Honda that blue books for 13,700.
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Two things will always sell a home or auto: Price. Cleanliness.

If you're advertising "no reasonable offer refused", why not drop the price to that "reasonable offer" amount? By keeping the price high you're automatically eliminating potential lookers. For example, someone might have a budget to spend $4,000, but you're asking $4,100. They're likely to not even look, even though your rock bottom might be $3,500.

My motto is to ask what'* fair and justifiable. Clean it up as best you can. And, demod it. I won't go near a car that'* been modified. You'll never recoup the costs of modifications unless you sell them as parts.

And, remember the market is very soft. Used cars a dime a dozen. There'* a reason why I only paid $9,500 for a Honda that blue books for 13,700.
Maybe I should try lowering to ~3700-3800? I do always keep my car clean, I'll put the stock airbox back on too.
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If they're selling for $3,700 to 3,800 in your area, then set the price at that. It'* a buyer'* market. No offence to your car, but in my area, it would likely sell for about $2,500. I'd be lucky to get $2,000 out of my 99 (with 150,000 miles).

I agree with the comment above. Ebay will be your friend with this sale. You'll reach the most amount of buyers, and because of that you'll truely get what the market is paying for your car. The last time I sold a car on ebay it was $45 to list it, and then a final value fee of $30. I think. Either way, that'* small potatoes compared to the hassles you've already been through. Or will be going through trying to construct a sale.
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I honestly have no idea what they're selling for here. I never see Bonnevilles anywhere.

Lots of GTPs though...

I guess I'll list it on eBay and see what happens.
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... I'd be lucky to get $2,000 out of my 99 (with 150,000 miles).
SOLD !!!


You are talking about the Firehawk, right?
Hey, You can't blame a guy for trying
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