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Dina's car [Sep. 8th, 2004|12:31 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
dina's looking to sell her car and needs advice...

Any personal recommendations for print or online methods to go about that? (We're in Portland)

At $50/day or something in the Sunday Oregonian, she doesn't want to dink around with price much, starting to high and wasting money re-running ads and lowering it.

With Craigslist, nobody that reads it has any money and cars over $500 just don't sell [Update: okay, I heard wrong.]

Ebay autos?

Other newspapers? (car-specific ones?)


[User Picture]From: drmellow
2004-09-08 12:34 pm (UTC)
My father-in-law had great luck with eBay autos when he sold his two classic Mustangs. If I were selling a car, I'd definitely use them.
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[User Picture]From: meganpenworthy
2004-09-08 12:35 pm (UTC)
why is she selling it? doesn't she need it? why not try selling to used car place? Do they do that?
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[User Picture]From: matte
2004-09-08 12:35 pm (UTC)
I have several friends that have had very good success with Ebay Autos.

The AutoTrader is another good option.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-08 12:45 pm (UTC)
I don't speak from experience... just what I heard. At least with Portland's Craigslist.
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2004-09-08 12:50 pm (UTC)
I used Seattles craigslist to sell my car. In fact, it was the only place i advertised and I had multiple inquiries on it within a day or two and sold it within 4 days of putting up the ad.

My car sold for $4k as well.
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[User Picture]From: nefarious
2004-09-08 12:55 pm (UTC)

A+++ would read this comment again.

I sold my BMW earlier this year on seattle's craigslist -- It was gone in 4 days.

Just be sure to include a picture. It's worth a try at least, since it's free.
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2004-09-08 01:03 pm (UTC)

Re: A+++ would read this comment again.

Yea I had a couple come and test drive it and ask to think about it for a week. I told them another guy was coming in a couple hours to check it out and they called me within 20 minutes of leaving saying that they wanted it.

I was surprised and relieved at the response I got.
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[User Picture]From: mahlon
2004-09-08 12:45 pm (UTC)
Craigslist cars actually seem to do just fine. (I bought mine off of Craig's, anyway, and looked at two others. All three people had quite a few inqueries.)

I sold my Oldsmobile (which frankly, I thought would never sell) on Autotrader in about 3 days flat. Posting price with a decent sized pic was pretty cheap.
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2004-09-08 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'll second Autotrader. Bought two cars out of it, sold one in it, ... yeah. Good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: shortypoke
2004-09-08 12:48 pm (UTC)
What's she selling? Claire's looking for an inexpensive car, so I thought I'd ask.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-08 12:49 pm (UTC)
I dunno, Nissan Pathfinder '90-something.... I forget the price.
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[User Picture]From: cyberpigue
2004-09-08 12:56 pm (UTC)
I know you asked specifically about ads, but as a long-time car salesman I would advise you that the quickest and most painless method of selling is networking. Let all of the people in your combined circle know in a very direct way that you have a good car to sell and would like to see it go to someone who needs it. You are willing to pay $100 to the person who sends the buyer or discount it $100 for the buyer if they would rather pass the "reward" on to the buyer.

The next largest generator of interest is in the cheap ad rags such as thrifty nickel or bargain mart, etc.

As a salesman, I used to move quite a few vehicles off the dealership's lot using both methods; several a month...
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[User Picture]From: erik
2004-09-08 12:57 pm (UTC)
I don't have much advice on where to try to advertise, but I would submit that, in looking for a car for myself and then in turn selling my old car, I found that what really mattered most was information. Always include the number of miles (if you don't people assume it's really high) and pictures. Hell, I even mentioned in my description that, ya know, it had a few cosmetic issues here and there. People like that kind of honesty. Everyone's inherently distrustful when they buy a car and being very honest about it (while still making it sound like a good deal) will turn them on to you.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-09-08 01:29 pm (UTC)
ive always found ebay best for either rare highly-desireable cars (like the mustangs mentioned) or for getting rid of very crappy almost-parts cars for the best price-

for something outside of those like just a normal not-in-demand car, i think craigslist is best- it's free and it's local-
it sounds like you've heard otherwise, but its free so why not :)
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[User Picture]From: olliejeff
2004-09-08 01:52 pm (UTC)

$25 for 2 weeks. Ad goes in the print version and online. Think it reaches the whole PDX area, plus SW Washington and down into the valley.
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[User Picture]From: pixiepurls
2004-09-08 01:57 pm (UTC)
Autotrader.com is all over.. and free
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[User Picture]From: tabbylove
2004-09-08 02:24 pm (UTC)
Let Dean know that Krista sold her Jetta on CL before moving to San Fran and was able to get rid of it within two weeks, for about what she asked for it (5k I think). It's worth a try anyway
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From: evan
2004-09-08 10:05 pm (UTC)
i got mine off craigslist.
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