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"Tony Fontaine"

RE: TR7/8 Digest V1 #8223
« on: February 07, 2016, 07:04:52 AM »
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:33:46 -0500
From: Stephen Sanders
Subject:  Non Triumph - Selling A Car

Personally, I like eBay but your first sale should not be a car.  Buyers
look to your ratings on eBay and judge the risk accordingly.  Develop a
history on eBay before you start trying to move larger items.  The beauty of
eBay is the size of the audience and usually, the car will bid to the low
side of its true worth; no guessing on your part on how much the car will
sell for.  I've never had much luck with Craigslist though I did underprice
one of my BMWs and had a lot of people beating feet to my door.  Here in
Maine, it often brings out the low balling weirdos.  I've actually had
better luck parking a car at the end of my drive with a for sale sign than
with Craigslist but that's somewhat due to my locale, being located on a
popular cruising road near the ocean.

I'm surprised you haven't thought about Bimmer Forums or a like site.  If
you're a BMW CCA member, you can post free ads on their web site.  An M3 in
decent condition usually attracts a lot of interest on those sites if priced
realistically. Where ever you advertise, remember that you need to provide
excruciatingly detailed information and lots of closeup photos.  The more
info, the better.  Pointing out the pros as well as the cons of your car
will create a bit more trust in a potential buyer.  Having a log of your
maintenance and repairs also goes a long way in pushing up the price of the
vehicle.  You did save all your receipts for work on the car, right?
Essential when owning a BMW.  I've owned many used bimmers and will no
longer even consider buying one without records regardless of how good it
looks and sounds.

When selling a car on line (or buying one, for that matter), I always
establish a line of communication early on in the dealings.  Gives you a
feel for how serious the person on the other end really is. Vague, indirect,
or incomplete answers to questions will turn me off to a buyer or seller
right away.  As reaching a deal gets closer, I like to then engage in
telephone conversations if previous communications were on line.  Unless you
are dealing with a professional scam artist, you can usually develop a sense
of the person you are working with in short order.  

Just remember that whoever you end up selling to, they should be as weary of
you as you are of them.