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selling my car, need advice
    #2775236 - 06/08/04 05:38 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I am going to put an ad in the paper next week to sell my car. I have some questions though cause this is a lot of money involved and I'm not that practical on money issues.

Ok, say I find a buyer and the price is right. What do people normally do? I mean my instinct tells me to not let someone just drive off in my car leaving me with only a check (piece of paper with some writing on it). I'm thinking to wait until the buyer's check clears, call him, let him take the car, and then do whatever to sign the title over to him?

Sound good? Is this how it's normally done?


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2775306 - 06/08/04 06:11 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Well, I never sold a car, but I've boughten plenty of old cars, and beat them to shit until it was time to junk them.

If the car isnt worth a whole lot, like under $2000, tell them you want it paid for in cash. If they give you some shit like its all in the bank and the atm only lets you take out $500 at a time, tell them to write a check to themselves and bring you the money.

Now once its paid for, you give them the title. You dont let them take the car off you property, you're still somewhat responsible (depending on your state I guess) after you sign your title over.. Let them take the title over to DMV to get it registered, titled, and insured in their name, or their parents name, or whoever, as long as the name on all 3 things match. This is neccesary for them to legally drive it home, cause they need plates and insurance of their own.

Or, if you want it off your property rite away, they can take the title and get it towed to their house or whatever. Or if its still legal in your name, you could be a real nice person and drive it over to their house and pull your plates off.

What I'm saying is, whatever you do, dont let them drive it away with fictitious plates and uninsured because it can come back to you if they get in trouble.

This all depends on your state of course. You could probably contact your local DMV and ask them how to go about selling a car..


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2775314 - 06/08/04 06:13 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

When I bought a car from a repair shop, I paid $2000 cash.


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: iloveraving]
    #2775383 - 06/08/04 06:57 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I should have mentioned that the car is worth around 6,000 dollars. So I'm pretty sure that any buyer will pay with a check.



Edited by zorbman (06/09/04 01:31 AM)


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2776519 - 06/09/04 01:30 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

How would that impact on this or should I just wing it?

Any advice would be appreciated- this is very important to me because I will be using the proceeds to fund my business upon which the rest on my life hinges. I am at the end of my rope financially. It's make-or-break time.


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2776620 - 06/09/04 02:12 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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zorbman said:
I should have mentioned that the car is worth around 6,000 dollars. So I'm pretty sure that any buyer will pay with a check.




Make them pay with a Cashiers Check from a bank that you are familiar with the name of.
Cashiers checks are like cash.
Money orders are more of a pain in the ass.

Good luck!~


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: Roadkill]
    #2777095 - 06/09/04 07:17 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I agree, Cashiers Check...and tell them you want to verify funds before they get the car off the property. Thats pretty easy to do, call the bank that issued the check and tell them you want to make sure its not fraudulent.


Cash is always another option..but thats a lot to carry around depending where you are


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2777842 - 06/09/04 02:04 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

You might also want to take a quick look at this guide, it's British, but still relevant.

A couple of sections from it:

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Preparing your car

Experts reckon that just by cleaning your car, you can add ?100s to its value; a day's effort will certainly be time well spent, and need not cost the earth.

Outside
Obviously, your first step should be to clean off all the road grime, using a good-quality car shampoo. NEVER use washing-up liquid, as it actually helps promote rust, unlike car products, which keep it at bay. Work from the roof down, rinse off well, and dry with a chamois leather.

Now you need to deal with the details:

* Stone chips are unsightly, can rust if not attended to, and usually put buyers off. Repair them with a touch-up stick. These aren't expensive, and with a little patience, you can dramatically improve your car's appearance.
* Wheels caked in brake dust look awful. On alloys, if it's particularly stubborn, buy an alloy wheel cleaner and treat them. If you've got wheel trims, consider replacing them - especially if they've been kerbed. Damaged alloys can be repaired too, but this is more expensive.
* Missing trim or badges stand out like a sore thumb to used buyers, so buy replacements. Breaker's yards offer a cheap source of parts.
* Clean less obvious parts too, such as sills, wheel arches and the inner panel of doors; this will impress buyers, and helps create a 'well looked-after' image.

Finally, a good polish will create that 'new car' shine that so many used buyers are looking for. Don't worry if paint residue appears on the cloth; this is just a layer of 'dead paint' you're removing - there'll still be plenty left on the car!

Inside
Cleaning the interior requires a little more hard work. Starting with the vacuum is always best - treat carpets, seats, dusty crevices, even the dashboard itself, making later jobs a little easier. You're then ready to start on the details:

* Dashboards should be cleaned with a 'low-gloss' dashboard cleaner; don't use household polish, as it'll give a cheap appearance. Clean door trims too, being careful not to spray fabric.
* Windows should be cleaned after the dashboard, to make sure you don't spoil your hard work. Use a glass cleaner or damp chamois leather. When cleaning the rear window, use a side to side action, thus ensuring you don't damage the heater elements.
* Replace any non-standard parts, such as racy gear knobs or alloy pedal covers. They won't impress buyers, who'll think your car has been thrashed. Standard is always best.
* Holes, usually from mobile phone holders, can be filled in by specialists. They can also repair any damage to dashboards or door trims, and it doesn't cost the earth, either.
* Avoid dousing the car in air freshener, unless you have smoked in it - in which case, buy an odour neutraliser. Spray the ashtray too, after giving it a good clean.

Lift tatty old mats out; the clean carpets underneath will look much more attractive.

Mechanicals
Buyers love looking under the bonnet, even if they haven't got a clue what they're looking for. You should therefore make sure they like what they see.

* Steam-cleaning is much-loved by car dealers, but can arouse suspicion; are you trying to hide oil leaks? By all means clean the engine bay, but don't go overboard. Don't bother with older cars, though, as steam-cleaners can sometimes damage fragile parts or connections.
* Oil changes are cheap, and clean oil looks far better than sludgy treacle. Make sure the oil level is correct too.
* Fill all water and coolant bottles up, maybe using a sweet-smelling windscreen washer?
* Tidy up generally; attach alarm wiring correctly, clean out leaves from air intakes, and generally make the engine bay appear cared-for.

Dealing with buyers

For many owners the worst part of selling a car is having to deal with potential buyers. It may feel as though they have all the power, but it doesn't have to be like this. Know what to expect, and how to deal with it, and you shouldn't be caught out by experienced hagglers, time wasters or criminals.

Test drives
First of all, never let the buyer go out alone, there's a potential risk that they won't come back. They may leave you their car keys as security, but how can you be sure it isn't stolen? Also check they have adequate insurance cover, otherwise you could be liable for any accidents they may have.

Let the buyers follow their own route, as many are suspicious if you dictate which roads to take. Be prepared for people to drive your car hard - but if it's a performance model and they are seriously abusing it, politely ask them to calm down, or demand they stop. It's your call - it's your car.

NEVER leave the keys in the ignition when swapping seats. Thieves may try to engineer such situations, so you should be especially aware.

Inspections
Increasingly complicated cars mean buyers are now far more willing to pay for used car inspections. If you're serious about selling the car, you shouldn't have any objections, but remember - they often take a few days to organise, so you may have to put other buyers 'on hold' until the inspection has taken place. A deposit from the buyer will prove their interest, as should the fact that they're spending money on checking your car.

Haggling
Buyers inevitably haggle about the price; it's all part of buying a car. So you need to be firm, without being unreasonable. Set a price beforehand and keep it in your head during negotiations. This will mean you're well-prepared to remain firm.

Don't, however, refuse to take offers - this will see buyers walking away - and don't decline a sale for the matter of ?50 or so. It'll cost you far more in re-advertising fees, time and hassle.

Handling the money
If you're lucky, you'll be paid in cash. As long as you look out for forgeries, and make sure you count it all out, this should be okay. If you feel unsure, you could take the buyer to the bank and have them give you the cash there. You can safely deposit it, and the cashier will ensure there are no forgeries.

Cheques are a little more trouble. NEVER let the car go before a cheque has cleared through your account, even if the buyer is desperate to get hold of your car. Why the rush? If they're genuine, they won't mind waiting a few days - or coming back with cash.

If possible ask the buyer to give you a bank or building society draft; it's the best way to ensure you receive your money safely. This is as good as cash, as they can only be issued if the buyer has enough money in their account. There are forgeries, however, so be vigilant. Again, don't let the car go until the money has cleared into your account.

If you haven't already, ask the buyer for ID with an address and landline telephone number. At least if something goes wrong, you'll know where to find them. If they are reluctant to give this information, you should be wary.

Finally, write a receipt for both you and the buyer, stating that the car is being sold.




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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: Roadkill]
    #2777907 - 06/09/04 02:40 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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Roadkill said:
Quote:

zorbman said:
I should have mentioned that the car is worth around 6,000 dollars. So I'm pretty sure that any buyer will pay with a check.




Make them pay with a Cashiers Check from a bank that you are familiar with the name of.
Cashiers checks are like cash.
Money orders are more of a pain in the ass.

Good luck!~




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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: Edame]
    #2778129 - 06/09/04 04:09 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Ok, thanks everyone. And Edame, thank you for the guide. I will definately make sure I get my money before they drive off.


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Re: selling my car, need advice [Re: zorbman]
    #2779391 - 06/09/04 10:56 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Letssee some pics of this bad boy.


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