Re: trade-in or private sale question
I just sold my 9.5-year-old Subie for top dollar.
What I did:
* Paid for a mid-level detailing at the local shop. Wash inside and out, waxing, glass cleaned, tires dressed, shampooed the floor mats.
* Gathered all the service records, the pink slip, the registration, all the keys.
*I also printed off a bill of sale and Notice of Non-Responsibility forms from the DMV website.
* Cleared everything out of the car other than the paperwork above.
Took a picture, posted the pic and the ad on Craigslist. I had 6 emails in 6 hours, and the next day, the first looky-loo bought it for cash.
I was totally honest about it - there had been one fender replaced and painted after a fender-bender; I told him about it and had the repair records in the file. He was pleased because:
1) It was clean, the interior was perfect, and the outside had no dents, just door dings (which I disclosed in the ad, in advance, so he didn't "nitpick."
2) Having all the records reassured him that there was nothing to hide.
3) I brought along a CD, so he could see that the stereo worked well. I showed him how to use the CD changer.
After a test drive, he said "I want to buy it" and we went to the bank, where he withdrew the funds. He gave me the cash, I signed the bill of sale and pink slip, and we went back to the car where he drove it away. Just like that.
So my advice: CLEAN IT, post a photo, disclose the dings, gather the records, and price it fairly. You should be able to sell it quickly.
Black Cherry, 6 spd MT
Purchased April 1, 2006
Sold July 8, 2010
Convenience pkg, UP1, alarm, trailer hitch, passenger arm rest, side curtain airbags, carpeted mats
JL Audio speakers, Alpine amp, DICE iPod connector, SwissArmySUV's Maplights, Parrot Bluetooth Handsfree phone, Predator bars, wheel locks, cargo cover, Ellis Precision billet handles, Industrial Forming’s aluminum console cover ( http://www.industrialforming.com/old...iser_parts.htm