December 11, 2011
1. When buying or selling used cars, the central thing is not to let emotions get in the way. It is, at the heart, a business transaction.
2. You can utilize your mobile camera to click the pictures. Photograph your vehicle in daylight – preferably early in the morning or in the evening.
3. Don’t put your address in the ad. You do not want potential buyers showing up at your home with no forewarning or appointment.
4. Look for a mistake that will allow room for negotiation: If you are looking at a vehicle that has a small crease or dent, higher than normal miles driven, or some inside stains (better that you not ask where they are from), use these imperfections as leverage while negotiating. If they are easy fixes, go ahead and pay for it on your very own or just live with it.
5. CraigsList enables you to include text and only four basic images in your ad, which is short for cars. You can host additional pictures of your used cars on other web sites and embed the pictures in the ad.
6. When scheduling a test drive, treat this as a job and give them two different choices: “I can show you the vehicle 4:30 pm on Friday or 10:00 am on Saturday; which time is better for you?” Take notes and get a telephone number to call back just in case something arises. This can help you returning the call of the person and that you liked best with a lower rate if you get desperate.
7. Get your vehicle professionally washed and detailed. It will cost you $75 to $100. Trust me, this will make your vehicle truly stand out from the crowd! Then, all you have to do is aim to keep it looking great til you sell it! Trust me, used cars that are clean seem newer and more valuable!
8. Be honest about describing your vehicle, and but do not dicker on the telephone. The buyer needs to come and see what you are talking about before the selling begins.