I was off to college and ready for a big life change, starting by switching wheels. At first I was at a loss on how to approach selling my 2007 Ford F150 , but after advice from family and friends, I decided to advertize on Craigslist and KSL. When I first put it up, I got next to no bites. Granted, I didn’t have photos, great text content, or really much of anything to fuel interest. After a week of this, I had a buddy come and give me some advice on how to better form my advertisement.
So I took a new level of approach. First thing I did was to clean the interior as best as I could and take it through a $10 car wash, and then I took pictures of it looking spick and span. I did my safety and emissions as well as a few maintenance jobs, like changing the oil and replacing the spark plug. All of which cost me less than $100 in total. With the photos and honest description of how it ran, I renewed the advertisement (with a higher asking price) and helped to spread the word through Facebook. This time I got an instant response and a few immediate offers.
In the meantime, however, I came across my replacement wheels. A Honda Civic , which was smaller than my Ford but better suited for what I wanted in college (seating space, fuel efficiency, parking agility) and the price was already pretty reasonable. When I said I was waiting to sell my car, the dealer took a fancy to my F150 (still shiny from the wash) and offered a trade-in. They asked me to lower my price, but since I’d gotten such great response from my personal listing, I said no at first, and then they gave me another discount on my Honda. In the end, I went back to what I had originally price of my Ford and got nearly $1000 off my new Honda!
If I hadn’t gained confidence from my personal listing, I could’ve lost out on a really great deal. Plus, I also have the reassurance of knowing I could’ve sold my car for what I wanted on my own if I hadn’t already chosen my new car. My next step is getting a natural gas vehicle so I start saving money on fueling up, and there’s the option of going to a mechanic to change my current car to alternative fuel. If I do choose to sell again, I’ve got the confidence of knowing how to do it. Just a few maintenance investments and clean presentation go a long way!