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Old 12-11-2007, 08:07 PM   #41
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I've found that when selling a beater, the less you describe the car the better. We sold my girlfriends 93 Intrepid in 5 hours with a 3 line add once. Something like "93 Dodge Intrepid Runs, drives $600 obo"
I have to agree. Used cars are my main source of play money. Don't overdisclose, but don't hide any safety issues either. A common mistake people make is to list new parts such as "new water pump, radiator, and thermostat" well......how hot did it get? is the engine hurt? better off just to not mention some things. Good luck on the sale, between thanksgiving and christmas is a tough time to sell a car, but a great time to find good deals. After Jan. 1 is a GREAT time to sell cheap cars when people have tax money.
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I've found that when selling a beater, the less you describe the car the better. We sold my girlfriends 93 Intrepid in 5 hours with a 3 line add once. Something like "93 Dodge Intrepid Runs, drives $600 obo"
I have to agree. Used cars are my main source of play money. Don't overdisclose, but don't hide any safety issues either. A common mistake people make is to list new parts such as "new water pump, radiator, and thermostat" well......how hot did it get? is the engine hurt? better off just to not mention some things. Good luck on the sale, between thanksgiving and christmas is a tough time to sell a car, but a great time to find good deals. After Jan. 1 is a GREAT time to sell cheap cars when people have tax money.
I agree. I've sold quite a few beaters on Craigslist. I love that site. I'll list the type of car, the engine, tranny, and that it runs and drives. If the A/C works, I'll list that too. I put up a few pictures and anything under $1,500 usually sells within 24 hours. I even sold my 2002 Ford F-250 on there a couple months ago for $18K. That took two days. Also, if you have a beater or two to sell, try and wait until mid January to the first of Feb. That's when a lot of people get their tax returns. I fine mine as early as I can. Usually around the 15th of January. I get it around the end of January. I LOVE tax return time! Military members with kids usually get pretty fat tax returns. A lot of people I know buy cars with their tax returns. I bought a school bus with part of my last one! This year, we're getting a big TV, a couple laptops, a couple digital cameras and some tools and supplies for the bus! My mom says I should put it all in my savings. Screw that. It will be spent in about 24 hours.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:55 AM   #43
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Everybody loves getting a check in the mail. Trouble is, you are just getting back the dough you loaned uncle sam last year without a penny in interest. And being a military member, you're salary, so it's not like you have a ton of OT earnings to explain the over withholding.

I suggest you look into raising W-4 dependent number and stop loaning the gubmint all that money for free.

Tell you what though. If you want a nice check next january, why don't you loan me 100 a week every week till then? I'll give you 1% interest! Better than what you're getting now.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:27 AM   #44
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Well I sold it! I listed it for $1500 at first (the blue book value) but then I didn't feel like messing with the hesitation any more, so I lowered the price to $1250. Last night a guy came by and bought it for $1200. I had about 400 into the car so I made an easy $800.

Now to find my next beater.

As for the Taxes thing... I figure that if I brake even that I've done good. I'm not a big fan of loaning money interest free... however who doesn't like getting a big check. I just had a kid last month, combine that with my mortgage interest and property taxes & I should get back quite a bit. Last year I got back $1600 mostly from owning a home, and I claim 1 during the year - so it's not like I'm even setting it up that way.

I've never been a paycheck to paycheck kind of guy. Whenever I get a big check like that I just put it in the bank. I might buy a used laptop this year with my taxes ($300 or less).. but the rest of it's going in the bank. Hopefully I'll have another beater by then to sell and make even more money on.
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:38 AM   #45
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My dad's car may look like a beater, but it drives great and is his main commuter. It is a 1993 Subaru Legacy Wagon stick shift with 333,333 miles on it, second engine, second tranny and rust. Oh yea, after that many miles and almost fifteen years the top of the steering wheel is almost worn smooth!
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Here is the pictures that Timbuk asked me to post of his Acadian Invader (its Canadian GM), he gave me no info on the car but I am guessing a 1963? I guess we will wait for his post to find out more.





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thanks steve i wanted to post that car because it is a canuk beater and how many chevy fans have seen those she haz the 230 and a 2 speed runs better bthan a cavaleir sittin fer ytears?
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thanks again steve that is a 67 note the park lights in the grille..... you are a chevy 2 fan .....
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Well I picked up a new beater. This is my 3rd one since this thread started. It's a 96 Dodge Caravan I got for $400. It needs some minor work (radio, heat's not working, couple mirrors replaced, outer tie rods - I think? & a battery I already replaced) but it has brand new tires. KBB on it is about $1500 - maybe more as it's nearing tax refund season. My goal is to put $200 or less into it and sell it for $1500 - which would profit me $900

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That looks like a good one, Phill. My only fear might be the thermostat if that is the cause of your heating woes. I don't know why Mopar decided to put them in the waterpump neck on a lot of those V-6's, but it sure is a pain. Keep us posted on your progress with that one.
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