If all goes well, by the time you read this, I’ll have sold my car.
While you sit and read from the comfort of your temperature-controlled cubicle, I will be leaving the bank on foot and walking up the steep dirt road that leads home, panting through mouthfuls of dust, wondering why I got rid of a perfectly good Suzuki.
But then I’ll look at my bank deposit receipt and remember.
I’ve been casually thinking about selling this car, a 2007 SX4, for quite a while but only recently got serious about it.
The car is reliable, fun and gets great gas mileage, but right now, there’s just not room in my life for two cars. Unfortunately, the Suzuki has become “the other car” in my family, and I’ve decided to just cash out and let it serve someone else.
The problem has been, until now, no one has wanted to buy it.
After doing my pricing research on KBB, NADA and CarGurus, I posted the car for sale on DealFinder at a fair price about six months ago. I got some bites, but nothing serious. I dropped the price $500, but still no real action.
When I posted the car again recently, I was serious about selling it, so this time I priced it $1,000 under the national average.
Within a week I’d met a woman for a test drive and then heard from a man who offered me $500 less than my listing price.
Yeah, I sacrificed a grand or a little more, but in this market people are looking for value. If you have a car to sell, the sure way to unload it in a hurry is to find the Instant Market Value on DealFinder, then price your car below that and be willing to negotiate from there.
If you’re buying a car, find one you like, then wait for the price to drop. Odds are, a price reduction is right around the corner!
And if you buy from a guy about to walk home, consider offering him a ride…
Do you have any car buying – or selling – tricks?