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How to sell a car? [Jan. 29th, 2007|08:54 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I'm selling my 1999 Honda Accord (ancient website for it when I was so proud to have a car...)

But--- how to sell it?


I know of no problems with the car except some engine mounts that are wearing out and should be replaced. (which I just made an appointment to replace)

But, that said, what forms do I need to cover my ass just in case there are problems? In other words, the big "as is" clause?

And if I sell it myself on craiglists, where do you set the price? Exactly Bluebook? Or which of Bluebook's prices?


[User Picture]From: dpb
2007-01-29 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes to craigs list. I have sold two cars on Seattle's and they sold in less than three days. Just be honest in your desc of what is wrong. Blue Book is a bunch of BS and is normally not right, esp with Hondas. Look on Craig's list and Autotrader to see what they are selling for in the area and then take into account your miles and condition. Remember people will haggle so don't set it as low as you want to go!
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[User Picture]From: satiredun
2007-01-29 05:09 pm (UTC)
i would say to look 2 places for comparisons- CL and ebay. you can see what people are asking on CL and what theyre getting on ebay (though ive only done this with older cars, im assuming it works just as well for newer ones).
but then what it comes down to is- do you want to sell it fast, or do you want to get as much as you can? usually things are put a bit below blue book in general, its just about how much.
good luck though- have you decided to stick to two wheels?
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[User Picture]From: nick
2007-01-29 05:10 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I think it's about time to trade that F'r in for a porsche...
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2007-01-29 05:26 pm (UTC)
He's only got 1 of them nick, not 400 of them.. :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-01-29 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm getting a motorcycle.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2007-01-29 06:01 pm (UTC)
nice... that's even less responsible than a Porsche. Crotch Rocket?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-01-29 06:08 pm (UTC)
Not something huge like a Harley, so maybe a Crotch Rocket. Not bright green with huge mud flaps and knobby tires.... I guess that's a dirt bike, huh? But I associate dirt bikes and crotch rockets a lot.... is there some cross-over? Who knows.
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From: photwenny
2007-01-29 09:06 pm (UTC)

Dual Sport

Dual sports have the tall shocks and fewer body panels, like a dirt bike but built for the road.

Dual sports are nice for jumping hills in SF, or so I've heard.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-01-29 09:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Dual Sport

The idea with a motorcycle is pragmatism, not lunacy. :-)
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[User Picture]From: loganb
2007-01-29 09:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Dual Sport

And the ladies love 'em!
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[User Picture]From: satiredun
2007-01-30 02:24 am (UTC)

Re: Dual Sport

awesome! neat neat neat, i just got my first motorcycle 4 days ago. please please take the MSF course- it should be mandatory IMHO. also, the guys at Motojava (and its cafe) are the nicest and most honest in the biz. let me know when we can go for a ride!
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2007-01-30 07:48 am (UTC)
please get a buell: http://www.buell.com/en_us/home.asp

harley engine, sports bike.. so rad, not too expensive
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2007-01-29 06:22 pm (UTC)
lol wtf nick, you like LORDI? Haha, FINNISH MONSTER ROCK!!!!

(yeah that was a bit off topic =p )
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[User Picture]From: edanya
2007-01-29 05:10 pm (UTC)
just give it to me! :oP
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[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2007-01-29 05:14 pm (UTC)

No one cares about the middle of the country

I have always heard that the KBB is more in line with East Coast pricing, while NADA is more accurate for West Coast.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2007-01-29 05:17 pm (UTC)
If you're rich enough lately not to need the cash, I suggest donating it to charity.

Otherwise, I suggest Auto Trader, which is the print publication of choice and also does interweb stuff: http://sanfran.traderpub.com/
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[User Picture]From: grahams
2007-01-29 05:19 pm (UTC)
You obviously have to check state laws, but People's Court has taught me that all private auto sales are as-is by default.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-01-29 05:52 pm (UTC)
That car rocks :)
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[User Picture]From: gaal
2007-01-29 06:07 pm (UTC)
If you're after best price, put it on eBay. May I suggest a description like

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From: msirub
2007-01-29 06:07 pm (UTC)
demolition derby.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-01-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
This gets my vote.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-29 06:09 pm (UTC)


Most newspapers have a flat fee to list your car until it sells. Don't be surprised if you get a bunch of calls at 7 am the day your entry hits the paper.
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2007-01-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
Bezerkley's Nolo Press has a downloadable Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale for $10. They're a pretty good resource.
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[User Picture]From: joshrotenberg
2007-01-29 06:39 pm (UTC)


take a look at the tmv at http://www.edmunds.com and list that in addition to the kbb value. i'd say go for craigslist first and see how that goes.
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2007-01-29 06:58 pm (UTC)
The DMV also has this page giving the requirements when you sell a car. It's really important to fill out the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability so anything a new owner does won't come back on you if they never bother to actually transfer the title.
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[User Picture]From: paula
2007-01-30 12:31 am (UTC)
I've actually heard of sellers meeting buyers at the DMV just to make sure that the title is transfered. Of course this is a little extreme and time consuming, but they had had previous problems with a different car. It was something about parking tickets and the DMV not allowing them to renew their license until all the fines incurred by the new owner were paid by the previous owner I think.
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[User Picture]From: eli
2007-01-29 09:24 pm (UTC)


I'd look at edmunds.com's TMV (True Market Value) to find the average price your car sells for in your zip

Once you know what's fair, autotrader and craigslist will both probably work fine.

And, I'd buy a Triumph motorcycle.
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[User Picture]From: shortypoke
2007-01-30 12:18 am (UTC)

What up dude

My current car is annoying the shit out of me.. I loved your car. Depending on the price, I'd totally buy it.

My email's still shortypoke@hotmail.com, let me know. Word.
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2007-01-30 12:58 am (UTC)
+1 vote for Craigslist. I sold my Honda Accord in Seattle in less than 4 days.
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