Promoting our automotive on-line … Are individuals even shopping for vehicles proper now?

Promoting our automotive on-line … Are individuals even shopping for vehicles proper now?

“Good luck, man. No person is shopping for used vehicles proper now. You need to’ve bought it six months in the past earlier than COVID occurred.”

That is what considered one of my pals stated to me not too long ago. 😔 And on the time I form of agreed. With most individuals working from dwelling and limiting their travels, I assumed we’d have a extremely troublesome time eliminating our second automotive.

Fortunately, it turned out simpler than we thought! Simply final Saturday we bought my spouse’s 2013 KIA Soul. Woohoo!

We acquired a fantastic value – $7,700 (nicely, we really feel nice about it) after solely four days promoting it on-line. It was a win/win deal for each us and the good couple who purchased it.

My good friend was proper about one factor although … We must always have bought it six months in the past. Truly, we must always have bought it two years in the past, the very second we realized we may get by advantageous with 1 motorized vehicle.

The price of an unused automotive …

I ran the numbers not too long ago and it’s fairly surprising to see what this little Kia was costing us simply sitting there with none use:

Complete:  $1,911 for the yr … or  $159 monthly!

Bear in mind, that is with out even driving it. Driving prices for fuel/upkeep would have added as much as much more! Vehicles are the worst.

I’m a bit embarrassed to be sharing all this. I sit and sort private finance articles all day, and have been knowingly leaking $159 a month out of my pockets! There’s no excuse. I suppose the explanation we saved the automotive for therefore lengthy was as a result of it was totally paid for (a sunken value fallacy), and in addition a mixture of laziness and falsely perceived comfort.

What’s even worse, there’s an enormous missed alternative value. For each $1 of damaging fairness sitting in a depreciating automotive, that’s $1 of fairness that’s not serving to construct wealth for our future! 

Oh nicely. If the most effective time to promote our automotive was 2 years in the past, the subsequent greatest time is correct now!

**I used this automotive depreciation calculator to be taught what common depreciation would seem like for a 2013 automotive, price about $8k over a 5 yr holding interval.

Car depreciation calculator

Car depreciation schedule

Such a cool calculator! But in addition very miserable to learn the way quick your automotive depreciates. It’s a lot worse for costly vehicles πŸ™

Promoting a automotive on-line

I’ve solely bought a number of vehicles on-line in my life. Every time I be taught one thing new and get just a little bit higher in regards to the course of. My first step was to do a bunch of on-line analysis to seek out out the most effective approximate automotive worth. Since our KIA had low mileage for its yr (solely 43ok miles – not dangerous for a 2013 mannequin), I knew we had a greater probability of promoting than comparable vehicles this age.

I checked out Kelley Blue E-book worth first, and so they estimated the automotive’s truthful market worth vary for personal sale: $6,673 – $8,190.

Then, I cross checked these numbers with Fb Market, Autotrader, and Craigslist. 2013 Kia Souls had been marketed wherever between $3000 for a crappy junk automotive all the best way as much as $9000 for dealership costs.

All in all, my spouse and I made a decision we might record it for $8,500 and see what occurs. We may at all times drop the asking value later if wanted.

BTW do you know Kelley Blue E-book does prompt CASH Affords now?

I discovered this gorgeous fascinating … KBB now groups up with native dealerships to supply money for used vehicles. Not like a trade-in, you don’t want to purchase one other car on the dealership to get this money value.

After filling out an in depth type on the location, we had been emailed an prompt money provide money of $5,662. I may take this to a taking part automotive dealership and do away with it instantly.

Kelly Blue Book Instant offer

This was truly fairly tempting. The considered taking it right into a automotive vendor and that afternoon strolling out with money was actually thrilling. However, figuring out we may most likely make a number of thousand further for only a tiny bit extra effort, we determined to do the arduous work and promote it to a non-public purchaser.

Images, pictures, pictures!

Earlier than pulling out the digital camera, I went and acquired the automotive totally washed, waxed, and smelling like new. This value me $69.95 on the native automotive wash – appears their costs have dropped rather a lot as a consequence of no one driving a lot nowadays!

Subsequent, I drove over to a close-by parking zone and snapped pictures with my iPhone. From every thing I learn on-line about promoting vehicles, all of it comes right down to the pictures! Should you present high quality pictures, you entice high quality consumers. (Bear in mind to cowl your license plate in any pictures!)

Craigslist car ad

One different sturdy advice I heard was to take a photograph of the keys, authentic manuals, car historical past report, title and all restore paperwork. (take a look at the pic under) This may seem to be a ineffective picture to take, however displaying an automotive purchaser that you just preserve data neat and tidy goes a good distance! It additionally makes you stand out in opposition to the opposite adverts on the market!

car manual, repair reciepts

Do you know Craigslist fees you $5 to submit Autos on the market now? When did that begin!? I suppose it’s in an effort to attenuate the quantity of fraudulent adverts and customers… However, it didn’t cease me getting a number of scammer responses. About 5 minutes after I posted on-line, I began getting emails from individuals with lowball gives or asking for the VIN quantity with out rationalization.

Then lastly, after 2 days we had been contacted by consumers who wished to take a look at the automotive.

COVID, Cleanliness, & Craigslist

In all probability the factor I used to be most nervous about was letting strangers contact and drive the automotive. My spouse and I agreed to fulfill the potential purchaser, but when we acquired bizarre emotions at any level we might simply politely excuse ourselves. We introduced disinfectant wipes and a bunch of hand sanitizer to the meet-up.

After greeting them and having a 5-10 minute chat (social-distanced in fact), they sounded legitimately . They took the automotive for a fast take a look at drive, and provided us $7,700 money as quickly as they returned. My spouse and I had been pleased with this, so we accepted immediately. Performed deal.

As a lot as I wished to rub the 77 hundred greenback payments throughout my face, I refrained. We washed our arms and disinfected every thing once we acquired dwelling. πŸ™‚

Why are individuals shopping for vehicles proper now?

This complete course of was shockingly straightforward. I had simply assumed no one can be shopping for vehicles proper now. However there ARE individuals on the market searching for used vehicles …

The couple we bought the KIA to moved to LA from New York a number of years again. They’ve lived with out a automotive for the previous few years – they work near dwelling and have been in a position to Uber virtually all over the place they should go.

However now with COVID, they don’t really feel comfy utilizing Uber or public transportation. Since they’re each working from dwelling and cramped in a small residence, they wished a small used automotive merely for weekend use. They need to drive up the Pacific Coast Freeway and go to the northern distant seashores. Tenting, mountain climbing, and simply being outside and having fun with Southern California.

The man who purchased it admitted he is aware of he’s going to lose cash proudly owning a automotive. However I suppose it’s higher than shedding your thoughts caught at your home all yr?


  • Wifey and I bought our spare automotive on craigslist for $7,700.
  • Ought to have carried out this years in the past, we’re idiots.
  • Was costing us $159 to maintain within the storage – vehicles are a cash pit!
  • KBB has prompt gives now (they appear low), and craigslist isn’t free anymore, they cost $5 to record a motorized vehicle now πŸ™
  • Should you’re promoting a automotive on-line, embody a pleasant picture of the keys/manuals/paperwork. Good pictures entice good consumers!
  • Folks ARE nonetheless shopping for used vehicles apparently, no matter pandemic sizzling spots.

Subsequent up, simply gotta go to the financial institution and switch this $$ to our brokerage account! VTI all the best way πŸ™‚  Feels good to examine one other 2020 objective off the record and switch a depreciating asset into an appreciating one! 

What about you? Are you driving much less and/or Uber-ing much less? Fascinated about eliminating your automotive?