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Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #1 – Trading Your Car in vs. Selling it on Craigslist

May 14, 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg1h6jVPxMg]  In this eposide of the Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about whether you should trade your car in at the dealership or try to sell it on your own through a site like craigslist.  The short answer is that you get more money for your car by selling it on your own.  As the owner of Key Hyundai CT, my goal is to give you honest, clear advice.  When you trade your car in at a dealership, you get a wholesale value for your car.  The reality is that we have to recondition your car and sell it for a profit or take it to the auction and breakeven.  When you sell it on your own, you will get closer to a retail number for your trade in.  But, before you make that decision, take into account the value of your time, your safety and the hassle factor (money changing hands, registration changing hands, problems after the sale, misrepresentations, etc).  My biggest concern is your safety.  Although many transactions go through without a hitch, the recent terrorist, Faisal Shahzad, from Bridgeport, CT (only a few short miles from our Milford Hyundai store) bought his car on craigslist and then there’s always the story of the Craigslist killer from Boston, MA. 

In the end, it may be easier and overall more profitable to just trade it in at the dealership.

My name is Jill Merriam.  I am the owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester, CT and Key Hyundai of Milford, CT.  I am a consumer advocate and this is the dirty trick free zone.  To learn more about my CT Hyundai dealers, go to http://keycars.com  To learn more about me go to http://jillforthepeople.com


2 Responses to “Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #1 – Trading Your Car in vs. Selling it on Craigslist”

  1. hawksbay says:

    Craigslist is limited Auto trader cars.com and Ebay are expensive

    Selling you car can be a highly challenging and painstaking experience if you are not familiar with the market. Selling online can be easy and even fun if you have proper guidance about how and where to place your “car-for-sale” ad.

    People use websites like Craig’slist, Cars.com, Autotraders and Ebay Motors to buy and sell their cars. These websites are useful to some extent; however, they have limitations and come with packages that are often a bit pricey.

    Craig’sList allows you to include text and only four basic images in your ad, which is short life Cars.com, Autotraders, Ebay Motors and other similar sites are too costly. Now there is a website http://hawksbay.org/ which will enable you to create appealing ads that are highly detailed that are guaranteed to attract buyers and encourage them to buy your car.

    Placing the ad is simple; all you have to do is create an account, select the make and model of your car and follow the simple and extremely self-explanatory steps to complete your listing with Pictures and even Free Video upload. No confusing html codes or technical knowledge required! YOU have complete autonomy over how you want your ad to appear and how much you wish to or do not wish to reveal to the buyers.

    http://hawksbay.org/ also has automatic system which enables you to place or link your ad to almost every social sites including Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Digg, etc. for effective marketing

    http://hawksbay.org/ facilitated the buyers greatly as well as it gives them a chance to search the car of their choice by simply selecting the make, model, mileage, price, zip code, exterior and interior color, engine size, 4X4, and even optional equipment like leather sunroof navigation etc.

    Buying and selling your car has never been so easy and hassle-free.

    It’s that simple, and most importantly is absolutely free

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