Promoting our automotive on-line … Are folks even shopping for automobiles proper now?

Promoting our automotive on-line … Are folks even shopping for automobiles proper now?

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“Good luck, man. No one is shopping for used automobiles proper now. It is best to’ve bought it six months in the past earlier than COVID occurred.”

That is what one in every of my mates stated to me not too long ago. 😔 And on the time I form of agreed. With most individuals working from residence and limiting their travels, I assumed we’d have a very tough 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 obtained a fantastic worth – $7,700 (effectively, 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 great couple who purchased it.

My pal was proper about one factor although … We must always have bought it six months in the past. Really, we must always have bought it two years in the past, the very second we realized we may get by effective with 1 motorcar.

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:

  • CA Automobile registration charges: $154/y
  • Automotive Insurance coverage: $475/y
  • Annual parking allow: $34/y
  • Depreciation: $1248 this yr**

Whole:  $1,911 for the yr … or  $159 per 30 days!

Remember, that is with out even driving it. Driving prices for gasoline/upkeep would have added as much as much more! Automobiles are the worst.

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

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

Oh effectively. If the perfect 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 appear to be for a 2013 automotive, price about $8k over a 5 yr holding interval.

Car depreciation calculator

Car depreciation schedule

Such a cool calculator! But additionally very miserable to find out how quick your automotive depreciates. It’s a lot worse for costly automobiles 🙁

Promoting a automotive on-line

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

I checked out Kelley Blue E book worth first, and so they estimated the automotive’s honest 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 way in which as much as $9000 for dealership costs.

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

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

I discovered this beautiful attention-grabbing … KBB now groups up with native dealerships to supply money for used automobiles. Not like a trade-in, you don’t want to purchase one other automobile on the dealership to get this money worth.

After filling out an in depth kind on the positioning, we had been emailed an prompt money supply 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 supplier and that afternoon strolling out with money was actually thrilling. However, understanding we may in all probability make a number of thousand further for only a tiny bit extra effort, we determined to do the exhausting work and promote it to a non-public purchaser.

Images, images, images!

Earlier than pulling out the digital camera, I went and obtained the automotive absolutely washed, waxed, and smelling like new. This price me $69.95 on the native automotive wash – appears their costs have dropped lots resulting from no person driving a lot as of late!

Subsequent, I drove over to a close-by car parking zone and snapped images with my iPhone. From the whole lot I learn on-line about promoting automobiles, all of it comes all the way down to the images! For those who present high quality images, you entice high quality patrons. (Keep in mind to cowl your license plate in any images!)

Craigslist car ad

One different robust advice I heard was to take a photograph of the keys, authentic manuals, automobile historical past report, title and all restore paperwork. (try the pic under) This may look like a ineffective picture to take, however displaying an automotive purchaser that you just hold data neat and tidy goes a great distance! It additionally makes you stand out towards the opposite advertisements on the market!

car manual, repair reciepts

Do you know Craigslist fees you $5 to publish Autos on the market now? When did that begin!? I assume it’s in an effort to reduce the quantity of fraudulent advertisements and customers… However, it didn’t cease me getting loads of scammer responses. About 5 minutes after I posted on-line, I began getting emails from folks with lowball gives or asking for the VIN quantity with out clarification.

Then lastly, after 2 days we had been contacted by patrons who needed 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 satisfy the potential purchaser, but when we obtained bizarre emotions at any level we’d 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 proud of this, so we accepted instantly. Accomplished deal.

As a lot as I needed to rub the 77 hundred greenback payments throughout my face, I refrained. We washed our arms and disinfected the whole lot once we obtained residence. 🙂

Why are folks shopping for automobiles proper now?

This complete course of was shockingly simple. I had simply assumed no person can be shopping for automobiles proper now. However there ARE folks on the market searching for used automobiles …

The couple we bought the KIA to moved to LA from New York a number of years again. They’ve lived and not using a automotive for the previous few years – they work near residence and have been capable of Uber nearly in every single 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 residence and cramped in a small condo, they needed a small used automotive merely for weekend use. They wish to drive up the Pacific Coast Freeway and go to the northern distant seashores. Tenting, climbing, and simply being outdoor 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 assume it’s higher than shedding your thoughts caught at your own home all yr?


  • Wifey and I bought our spare automotive on craigslist for $7,700.
  • Ought to have achieved this years in the past, we’re idiots.
  • Was costing us $159 to maintain within the storage – automobiles are a cash pit!
  • KBB has prompt gives now (they appear low), and craigslist isn’t free anymore, they cost $5 to checklist a motorcar now 🙁
  • For those who’re promoting a automotive on-line, embrace a pleasant picture of the keys/manuals/paperwork. Good images entice good patrons!
  • Individuals ARE nonetheless shopping for used automobiles apparently, no matter pandemic scorching spots.

Subsequent up, simply gotta go to the financial institution and switch this $$ to our brokerage account! VTI all the way in which 🙂  Feels good to verify one other 2020 aim off the checklist and switch a depreciating asset into an appreciating one! 

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