How hard is it to buy and sell?

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Not too long ago, heading to eBay and Craigslist were the two big ways to find a car online. As fees go up, and sadly Craigslist now has them, where do you go to find a good used car, especially from a private party seller? As a seller, where do you go to post a car to find a buyer?

I am not versed in this area at all. I simply have a quick opinion about it. When Craigslist came out with the fee to post a vehicle, the next free option was Facebook Marketplace. That was a great option until recently. Now, Facebook has all sorts of filters that make it very difficult to find a vehicle. For example, two vehicles that I like to look for are Jeep Grand Wagoneers and Porsche 944s. Neither are an option to filter by when you select model under those makes. When you do an open ended search it doesn’t pull up very relevant stuff. I am not sure if those models can be entered. It just gets frustrating. eBay Motors also used to be glorious, but that is also not the best way to find cars either. At this time, the best way I have found to find cars is AutoTempest. But, while the results are satisfying in quantity, it can be tedious to go through them. A note to make as well is that while you can filter for all sorts of features you want, there is actually no way to filter out features you DON’T want. If you are trying to find something without heated seats, there really isn’t a good way to find a car that doesn’t have that. You have to go one by one. Lastly, as if trying to find a car isn’t hard enough with all these factors, there is the issue that you are never going to find the correct car from the start. According to Jalopnik, an issue appears to be happening with Toyota Supras that are showing as 6 cylinder cars on AutoTrader, when in fact they are 4 cylinder cars. A website can only display what information is entered, at least…I think. At the time of this writing, there was not a response as to why this was happening.

Then, you have the buying side of things. Oh my goodness. As if it wasn’t hard enough to FIND the vehicle you want, now you have to deal with PEOPLE. Egos flair, information is withheld, paperwork is tedious, time is wasted, it is seriously just the most aggravating process ever. I’ve never bought a car from a dealer, but I’ve heard it is an absolute drain. But, I am almost certain that sometimes dealing with private party buyers or sellers is just as insane.

What really hit me as an eye opener to how even as a car person, I am now not interested in buying or selling cars, was a conversation I had with a friend the other day about buying and selling cars. This friend indicated that their car was getting older, it has miles on it, and they would potentially be in the market for a newer, but still used car, in the very near future. They said they would simply shop at CarMax and trade in their current vehicle for the newer one. Now, almost all car enthusiasts would suggest against this. I have grown up being taught to drive your car until the wheels fall off, or to private party sell your car because you can get more money. But…after I started thinking about it, from all the points I have mentioned above, I realize why that is a bad idea. Especially for a non car person to try to private party sell their vehicle.

I was tasked to sell a friends vehicle one time. They gave me a price they wanted to get and told me any price above that, I could keep. I also had roughly a 30 day time frame to sell. Let’s just say I am not a salesman. I did manage to sell it. However, it was only at the price that the friend wanted and I barely got rid of it in 30 days. While there are factors that can be part of that, like the car itself, I still didn’t do nearly as well as I had hoped I would have done.

In the end, I think CarMax and trading in your vehicle is a great idea. It can save you time and headache. You might think you are doing yourself a favor by trying to sell your car yourself. But, think of all the time, effort, and materials you are putting into that, to create the listing, prepare the car, deal with calls and emails and texts with stupid questions and non showing interested parties, and absolutely insulting low offers. Do you really want to deal with all of that? Just…think about it.

Drive Your Ride

Lately I have been thinking about what my generation, those who are around 21 years old, what we will value in a vehicle when we become of age to collect. I have been watching the 2010 Barrett-Jackson auction as much as I can through my busy schedule and just this morning, while getting ready for church, I was watching “My Classic Car,” the final push to write about the value of cars to a younger generation.

I have seen many iconic cars sold on Barrett-Jackson, and have watched so many shows that focus on pristine show cars; flawless in every way, with a history a mile long of celebrities who might have owned them, or the vehicles accomplishments on a track. Those are the vehicles that sell for high dollar amounts, and I believe that those are the types of vehicles that will continue to sell when I get older.

This gets me into thinking about the story behind a car. All those show cars, that have never really been driven anywhere, or done anything stupendous on the track, they don’t capture attention as the ones that have done such things or conquered a spectacular feet.

I am saddened to hear that cars have been tucked away for 5, 10, 20 years, in hopes to be an investment. Sure, when they come to auction in their condition, we marvel at it, but there is nothing about it that makes you stop and say “now that’s a car that I can tell a story about.” Those types of cars will just go on to sit another 10 years in a garage, to never be enjoyed.

I would look for a car that has been loved. One that has been driven for the purpose it has been built. I predict that when I get older, the cars that are battered, rusted slightly, and have a 10 mile long list of owners and accomplishments will be the cars that sell for the highest amount. Those who truly value a vehicle know that every car has a story. Some deserve a story, some earn a story, but either way, give each vehicle that chance. Drive your ride.