When you're paying to advertise your car you need to think carefully about what you'll write. You want to get good value, after all. Describe the car accurately, highlighting its most desirable features and providing as much information as possible. All car advertisements need to include a full description of the car, starting with make and model, but also going into specifics such as: the year of manufacture, body-type, colour, transmission and fuel type.
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At best, it might take longer for your car to sell. At worst, you could be missing out on hundreds of buyers who are keen to part with their cash. However, there are some simple things to remember. The list above details the basic elements of a used car advert, but consider noting any known faults or any significant damage to the bodywork. This is also an opportunity to elevate your car above the thousands of other vehicles available online. If it has a full set of nearly-new premium tyres, say so, being sure to include the brand name. Avoid waffle.
However, some choose to list it on Craigslist and see if they can get a little more out of it. While a car may be nothing but a hunk of metal and parts to you, it might be worth its weight in gold to someone else. After all, there are hobbyists that specialize in rehabilitating junk cars and making them good as new again. Others might be interested in taking your old car apart and making use of its parts or recycling some of the scrap metal.
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