Well that title kind of says it all, but I am going to go into more technical details anyway 😉
The best way we thought, besides sticking a sign in the window of each vehicle and parking them somewhere eye-catching, would be to post ads online.
We used a few trusted sources for this..
#1 CraigsList.ORG (a free local classifieds site)
#2 Kijiji (another free classifieds site)
I was going to post on AutoTrader (Canada) but it seemed their primary goal is to sell vehicle history reports to perspective sellers and buyers, so I declined that, knowing full well the VIN and history are quite good for both cars. I have reports available if someone asks me anyway, so didn’t find it needed to plaster my personal data about the car’s VIN in a public way 😉
Anyway, on to the idea of eBay! Woo! I love PayPal and eBay, and always looked online to eBay for some classic cars or interesting cars, and, well, wondered what it would cost me to list my car there. Free? small fee? Nah.. guess again! Though my wife’s car is a mere $6000 built in 1997, my smart car is a 2008 model with lots of goodies and worth well over $27,000 — I am not listing it for that, of course, you make a show car and you NEVER EVER get that back.. so.. after posting it for $21k, then $18k, I am finally posting it again at the crazy discounted price of $16,000 … that doesn’t sound good when you can see lots of stock smart cars going for well under that, but for a $27,000 show car, well that’s a nice discount indeed.
Anyway, back to eBay Motors. and why I am too cheap to post my car there? One word, FEES. Granted, if they came here in person and took pictures of my car and listed the ad for me and handled it all from day one, I would probably pay a bit of a premium for that type of “turnkey” service. But I’m not talking about that, I am just going to list what it costs the average seller to sell their $16,000 car on eBay Motors, with an example of the buyer using (their) PayPal for the purchase. Yep, I would do all the photos, posting, comment replies, watching the auction, process the transaction into my account, get the car ready for shipping, all of that stuff. So, ready? Here we go..
If my cars don’t sell locally (and I like to do business locally anyway, for what it’s worth), then MAYBE we will take another look at the famous eBay Motors again..
For now though, I am going to stick with the free classifieds and cross my fingers the right buyer will scoop up these vehicles and they will find the good new homes that they so indeed deserve. 🙂