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Open Diff: How NOT to Sell Your Car

Posted May 21, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto classified sales tips

We look at a lot of classified ads in the course of pasting together each day’s Hemmings Daily, and over time, it becomes evident that some ads exist for the rather odd purpose of driving buyers away instead of attracting them.

Sometimes, we suppose, you NEED to sell the car, but you don’t WANT to sell the car, so an ad is dutifully placed, knowing full well that the sheer lack of information, absence of pictures, or absurd asking price will eliminate any bothersome phone calls from prospective buyers. When pressed by family members, or the significant other, you can truthfully reply, “I don’t understand why it isn’t selling–I’ve listed it in Hemmings.”

To spare you the trouble of conducting such exhaustive sale-blocking research on your own, below are five helpful tips to deter buyers from inquiring about your own not-really-for-sale vehicle.

These tips feel like common sense, but they can't be that common since we need to explain them.

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05/22/2018 4:40 PM

I do remember these. Deux Cheval. I once read that these were built for farmers. Long travel, lots of space, high fuel economy, low power (med-high speed not necessary), easy to fix, strong and durable.

I've never driven one, so I don't know how they drive. I can only guess that it'll be comfortable (French cars are very comfortable), gutless and have vague steering and poor brakes ... though I could be wrong.

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05/22/2018 4:37 PM

Good one Rixter! I've never seen one of these things before.

Made me laugh - GA to you!

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A couple months ago, I came up with the idea to sell my truck. I was advised to get a new one, due to my tax situation (actually, I was suppose to buy a new truck three years ago, then two years ago, then last year).

There's nothing special about my truck. It's a newer body 2007 GMC Sierra regular cab 4X2 with a long bed and a pathetic 4.3L V-6. A WT (in GM speak) or a strippy truck. Here's the kicker - I have only 41K miles, no accidents and I put a pretty cool Decked storage system in the bed with two Home Depot tool boxes on the the side rails. Oh, and I just put two new tires on the back and a new battery about a year ago!

I halfheartedly put an ad in Craigslist. I didn't include any pictures and the description was as vague as I could make it. Do you know that I received calls, even with such a bad ad!

I'm actually considering doing what my tax guy has been telling me. I can pick up a new 2018 Ram 1500 regular cab, long bed 4X2 V-6 truck for around $21K + tax and lic. And the kicker is that I get to write it off 100% for 2018 taxes. So, here I go - another Craigslist ad and maybe this time I'll sell it.

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