Time for a Reminder: How to Safely Sell Your Car

199 Toyota Tercel

When I was in my early 20s, I sold a car in my living room.

The car was a 1994 Toyota Tercel, which back then, wasn’t any more than 5 or 6 years old. I loved that little car and its manual transmission. I couldn’t take the lack of air conditioning and sticky vinyl seats. With an ad in the local want ads, I had a buyer come look and make me an offer after the test drive.

I think back on that day and am shocked at how lazy I was in protecting myself, and the car. Then again, times are different today, so it’s a good idea to learn from mistakes of the past.

I’ll quickly tell the story, you see if you can point out all that I did wrong.

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Lots of Favorite Cars, but Loyal to None

Lexus RX 330

My favorite road-tripping car, at least until the next one comes along

I’ve never been one to devote myself to a single brand, unless you count my fanboy devotion to Apple. Between my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod nano, iPod Touch and iPad, it’s possible that iMight have an iProblem.

I have yet to find a car brand that has the same effect on me, which is odd, considering I like cars way more than I like tech. I can count no fewer than eight different car brands I have owned over the years, and that’s just in my adult life. Count the cars I drove, but didn’t personally own, as a teenager, and that increases by at least two.

Lexus, Jaguar, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Subaru and Suzuki have all, at some point in my life, shared a space in my garage. Some of those makes I’ve owned twice, but that’s as deep as my loyalty goes. Do I have a favorite? That all depends on what I used the car for. I wonder if I’m alone in my wishy-washy devotion to car brands. Do other CarGurus readers tend to pick one brand and stick with it?

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