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Old 03-28-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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...How bout having the car cleaned, and park it in the train station parking lot with for sale signs on it....I see a lot of people doing that in the town I live in

That's illegal around here (VA)....I found that out the hard way...a $40 ticket.

When I saw it under the wiper...I thought, "Wow, somebody left me an offer!" Yeah, right...LOL
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I just bought a car and will need to sell my current one. I'm not looking to make the most money possible but I am looking for a safe and efficient way to sell it. I thought about Craig's list but I heard that can be a little dangerous. The car I'm selling is not really in demand. It's a 2004 Hyundai so I'm hoping I can get 5 or 6K for it. What would you guys recommend? And what tips or advice would you recommend to ensure safety. I don't want to have a check bounce. I've been told asking for a money order and agreeing to meet at a public neutral site ( a Starbucks) is one way to protect yourself.
You might want to do the paperwork at your bank or credit union, or have them bring a certified check.

You didn't say what condition the car is in, if it's dirty clean it up, or pay to have it detailed, you will get more for it. I can't say that you will definitely make a profit on a detail but typically a clean car sells better.

Pretty much what Sunsprit said - if you want to do the leg work, you can make more money, if you want someone else to do the leg work, your cut will be less.

If you have plenty of room to keep it, if you can't get a good enough price you might consider keeping it as a 2nd car, something to use for dirtier jobs and/or when your newer car is in the shop.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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That's illegal around here (VA)....I found that out the hard way...a $40 ticket.

When I saw it under the wiper...I thought, "Wow, somebody left me an offer!" Yeah, right...LOL
What exactly is the law?
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Put the word out to everyone you know. Someone will know someone who needs a car.

Take a good book and park the car with a sign on it in a conspicuous location on Sunday afternoon. Stay with the car. Like a busy shopping mall, parked out near the entrance, visible from the street. You'll probably get a good offer by the end of the afternoon.

There is no law against a legally parked car with a for sale sign on it, anywhere. If you can't stay with the car, make sure the price is on the sign. Nobody will phone you to ask the price. Don't play voice-mail tag. Seriously try to sell it, and answer your phone.

I wouldn't be overly scared of using Craigslist or a newspaper ad. A million cars are sold in private sales every year in the US, with very few incidents, so don't worry about it.

Never accept anything but cash. Drive the prospective buyer to his bank if you have to. That way, you can even have his bank issue you a cashier's check with his money, so you don't have to carry cash home.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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...There is no law against a legally parked car with a for sale sign on it, anywhere...
If you mean "anywhere" in Texas...you may be right, I have no idea. Never been there, never goin' there.

If you mean "anywhere" in the United States....you are absolutely WRONG.

Fairfax County VA ordinance FFX 82-5-19(1) states: It is illegal to park a vehicle on a public road for the purpose of selling or offering the vehicle for sale or rent.

I was merely suggesting that the OP check local laws before slapping a For Sale sign on the car...might avoid an expensive surprise...
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Fairfax County VA ordinance FFX 82-5-19(1) states: It is illegal to park a vehicle on a public road for the purpose of selling or offering the vehicle for sale or rent.
Has anyone ever challenged that law? It sounds pretty unconstitutional, to me. First, the onus is on the state to prove the owner's purpose in parking the vehicle. Which would be almost impossible to prove. Second, it's discriminatory, if car owners are allowed to park cars in the same place at the same time for other purposes. If this law is valid, they could also have a law that it is illegal to walk down the street for certain stated purposes which are not, in and of themselves, illegal.

It could easily lend itself to entrapment. Say I park my car to go into a store, and a plain-clothes cop walks up to me and says "That's a nice car---is it for sale?" and i say "Maybe, if the price is right". He can now slap me with a ticket.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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Has anyone ever challenged that law? It sounds pretty unconstitutional, to me. First, the onus is on the state to prove the owner's purpose in parking the vehicle. Which would be almost impossible to prove. Second, it's discriminatory, if car owners are allowed to park cars in the same place at the same time for other purposes. If this law is valid, they could also have a law that it is illegal to walk down the street for certain stated purposes which are not, in and of themselves, illegal.

It could easily lend itself to entrapment. Say I park my car to go into a store, and a plain-clothes cop walks up to me and says "That's a nice car---is it for sale?" and i say "Maybe, if the price is right". He can now slap me with a ticket.

I don't know if anyone has challenged the ordinance.

I'm not a lawyer, but I would think that placing a For Sale sign on a vehicle would be prima facie evidence that you are offering it for sale. Your example of the plain-clothes cop asking if your car is for sale wouldn't apply...no For Sale sign=no public intent to sell the car.

I can sort of see how this law came about...Fairfax County is a large suburb of Washington DC...over a million people. Some of our main arterial roads have a parallel "service road" running right next to them. Seeking maximum exposure to passers-by, people used to bring cars they wanted to sell and park them all weekend at these locations. It just got out of hand...75 or 100 cars parked for sale...people on the main drag jamming on the brakes to get a better look, etc.

However, I got my ticket in front of my house on a quiet street, which is ridiculous....but I guess the law can't discriminate, a public street is a public street. Next time I'll back it onto the grass next to my driveway, which is perfectly legal because it's my private property.

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Old 03-30-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Fighting a parking ticket is a worthless cause. Their basis is based upon using a parking lot you do not own for you own personal gain. Basically, you are using the parking lot to conduct business. Its also illegal to put cards on parked cars at malls, shopping centers, etc. Another way you can get a ticket is most parking lots have limit for how long the vehicle can be there. Just because it is a train station doesn't mean you can have unlimited parking. One usually has to take to the business and pay a fee to use the parking lot...you are basically storing the vehicle on the parking lot. A body shop would charge $30 - $50 a day for storing a vehicle...what makes this any different? The business pays property tax for the parking lot. Point is, you can't just park your car anywhere you want.

I would never put up a sign and leave my car anywhere. You are asking someone to steal your car. Maybe that is what you want but you need to get comprehensive coverage.

For the amount you are asking, private party is a good route. I think anything over 8k is much harder to sell private party because people aren't willing to pay that much up front. It is a hassle. You will get hits on Craigslist but get ready to make appointments and have them flake.

Autotrader is 25 or 50 depending on what ad style you want. Pretty sure cars.com and KBB.com is about the same price. I have no clue about Ebay auto sales...I bet they take more than $25 though. I mean, they take $4 for a $50 sale!

Carmax is better than some random dealer if all else fails...do that. I would explore private party first though.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Trying to get back on the OP's topic - how you advertise should depend on how far out of town you want people to be shopping for the car. A rare or valuable car you might be willing to market nationwide, with the associated risks and hassles of selling the car to someone out of state (what about tags, how exactly to transfer $, etc.)

The OP probably ought to market the car locally, a sign in the window (take it down when you are actually driving and/or make sure it does not materially affect your blind spots), asking around, maybe Craigslist, maybe local want ad (Thrifty Nickel, Penny Pincher, etc.) papers, you could go old school and place a want ad in your local paper - they probably need/want the biz.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: United States
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I have bought and sold through mainly craigslist over the last 5 years because it's free and no BS. Just don't waste time with those who don't post pictures of the vehicle. Click the "with photos" box.
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