I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: anyone use ebay to sell a vehicle? ?
I tried the computer-selling market (not ebay, but similar.)
Got emails from people wanting me to drive the car to Boston and put it on a train for Canada for them, people wanting to know shipment details, how bad is the paint, how shiny is it, etc.
Open-ended questions like paint can't be answered well. Something that I think is in great shape, someone else can think is in crappy shape.
For me, I'll stick to the local want-ad rag. Call me, come by, take a look at it, up, down, underneath, drive it, etc. Make me an offer, take it home.
No ifs, ands, or buts. You know what you get, before you buy it, not after.
I'll never buy or sell a car that I can't drive to and go look at, or the buyer can't come look at personally.
I know a guy out here on the east coast who sold a truck on ebay to some guy in Idaho. Truck had some big $ parts in it, impressive list of components, but was a huge pile of crap, for various reasons. Build quality, state of tune, etc. Looked great in photos, but ran like crap, handled like crap, etc.
The poor guy in Idaho paid like $10,000 for this thing. I can't imagine how bad his day was when the thing arrived in Idaho.
So, even if I pay a few hundred bucks more for my stuff, or get a few hundred less, at least I'm not buying a $10,000 turd.
Just my $0.02