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Yesterday I talked about the old ways of selling your car on your own. While occasionally effective they don’t provide the best bang for your buck. With the advent of the internet there are many ways you can tap this ever growing population to not only list your car for sale but make sure it is directed towards the people most likely to want to buy it. While listing your car in the local paper classifieds is appealing your target audience, internet classifieds increase that audience 10 fold. Today we are going to take a look at how I actually went about selling my car.

The New Way

Did you know millions of people are on the internet all the time? THEY ARE. So why not sell your car on the internet. The best place to do that is on Craigslist, mainly because it is free and widely used. Craigslist isn’t just a place to find crackpots and scam artists, you can actually sell stuff on it. Really you can sell anything you want, of course I don’t have any experience with that, just selling a car so that is what I am going to focus on here. The key to selling your car quickly is to be as descriptive as possible so the potential buyer doesn’t have to do a lot of guessing. Below is my actual listing, minus some personal details (click to enlarge).

Probably the most important thing is to be honest, if you know something is wrong with the car state it up front. Don’t paint a picture of a perfectly sound car then spring the issues on them during the test drive. You will just piss them off.  My car sold within three days of placing my ad here are my suggestions on what to make sure you include to get your car sold fast.

  1. A Good title, include vehicle make, year, model, mileage, and one or two key features
  2. Be upfront about issues
  3. List out all of the features your car has
  4. Pictures, lots of pictures
  5. Be descriptive in your wording, lets face it talk sells
  6. Include your phone number, just because they are on the internet doesn’t mean they don’t want to deal with a real person
  7. Pictures, really pictures

I said pictures twice for a reason, people want to see what they are getting before they actually make a decision. Craigslist allows you to upload picture but they make them tiny and limit how many you can have. If you are a little web savvy you can actually host your own photos and just include them in the ad as <img> tags. I did it that way so the pictures were much bigger than the Craigslist Standard.

Once you have your ad make sure you are responsive to people who call about the car, I put one call off for 30 minutes and the lady had already bought another call. The guy who bought my car didn’t leave a message, I called the number back to see what he needed.

Make sure you wash your car, inside and out, before you bring it for a test drive. People don’t want to see your 3 month old McDonald’s wrapper in the car, they want to see you took care of your ride. It is best to clean your car the day before you list it otherwise you will be rushed to get it done in a hurry, like I was. It is really best to make sure you take pictures of your car while it is clean. As you can see from the photo in that ad I had a lot of brake dust on the wheels.

Be prepared to negotiate, have a price in mind you are willing to accept and stick to it. If you are asking $7 but know you will take $6 don’t balk at it when someone offers you $6, negotiate but don’t throw in the towel. I sold my car in 3 days for $2k more than I would have got a dealership. I only had to take it for two test drives. That is the last thing I will leave you with. If someone wants you to bring the car to them do it but do it someplace neutral. I met at a park and at a college campus, both heavily populated. Don’t risk your life but be accommodating, you are the one trying to make the sale.

Have you ever sold a car on Craigslist? How did it go?

photo: (hugo90)

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A while back I wrote about just what a swagbuck is. At the time I hadn’t earned enough bucks to get any Swag out of the deal and to be perfectly honest with you I wasn’t entirely convinced of the usefulness of the site. It turns out you can really turn those bucks into cash. Figuratively anyway. I recently converted my earned bucks into $15 in Amazon gift cards which I used to by a car mount for my iPhone. It was something I wanted but wouldn’t normally fork the cash over for. Here is how I earned the bucks:

1.) Straight Searching

Straight searching is the easiest way to earn SwagBucks. I have configured swagbucks.com as my default search engine in Chrome and installed the toolbar in FireFox. This way I am always using their engine to perform my searches.

2.) Referrals

Right now I have a total of 5 referrals  but only one of them is really cranking out the bucks. Referrals have netted me a total of 627 swagbucks. That is five bucks for not even doing anything at all.

3.) Other Stuff

Every now and then I get a few SwagBucks for having the toolbar installed, or on a rare occasion I will pick up some using a SwagCode I found. Most of the “other” stuff takes a lot of effort that I just haven’t found myself willing to exert. I am sure i could get SwagBucks quicker if I looked for the SwagCodes everyday but I prefer to just keep on keeping on.

The fact is you can easily earn enough of these SwagBucks to convert the pretend money into tangible objects you actually want. So what is stopping you? Get out there and start earning some swag today.

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So I am not exactly a big Get Paid To (GPT) kind of guy. I know I have talked about CashCrate in the past but with 72 active first level referrals I have racked up a whole $1.93 this year. GO ME! Anywho, I have been seeing a lot of people talking about Swag Codes, and Swag Bucks so I thought I would check it out.

What is it

Swagbucks.com is essentially the MyCokeRewards of the search engine world. They incentivize search by rewarding you randomly with Swag Bucks. This isn’t the only way for you to earn but it is certainly the easiest and least invasive in your normal web browsing life. Like a rewards program you collect points called Swag Bucks and trade those points in for items of value whether it be an Amazon Gift Card or a DirecTV Poster. No really you can get a DirecTV poster, I don’ t know why.

How You Earn

Like I already stated, the easiest way to earn Swag Bucks is simply to make them your default search engine and do your regular searches using it. Very rarely do I find myself frustated and needing to actually switch over to Google to find my answers. It is really the only way I have been earning Swag Bucks and I have manged to amass 647 of them in just over a month. That isn’t the only way to make some extra “bucks” though, here are a few more.

  • Complete Offers – Much like CashCrate you can complete offers to earn “bucks”. This is where you can really get into the “bucks” but you are going to be signing up for things and handing over your credit card on a regular basis. Offers include things like Netflix, Identity Guard, CreditReport.com, and related type sites.
  • Shop – Like Upromise you can earn rewards when you shop online by using the Swag Bucks shopping interface to start your shopping. You get 2 Swag Bucks for every $1 you spend but that may not be worth it if you are getting a good chunk of change through Upromise.
  • Trade In – Through Flipswap they will take your old cell phone and “reward” you with some Swag Bucks. Sounds good but check out gazelle.com and flipswap.com directly to see how many real bucks you can get for your electronics. Odds are the real cash value is better than what you will get through Swag Bucks.
  • Referrals – Like any true GPT site you can earn by referring your friends. You get matching swag bucks for every friend you refer up to 1,000 per friend. The matching is only based on points earned doing searches but it is still free points.

Overall Thoughts

Like any GPT site it is all about them making money off of you, the thing I like about this is that I am earning Swag Bucks just by doing what I normally do, searching the web. I have managed to rack up 647 points in a little over a month. That is just through searches I would have done anyway. Right now I can cash that 647 in for a $5 Amazon gift Card and still have some leftover. So I essentially made $5 doing what I was going to do anyway. I could probably make earn more points if I try harder, but that takes time and I don’t have a lot to throw around. If you are interested pop over to SwagBucks and sign up to check it out.

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Make Money Selling Your Stuff

July 27, 2009

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they just need to unload some stuff. As we exist we collect things, things we need, thing we needed, and things we never wanted. At some point you are going reach critical mass on the things you don’t need and those you never wanted. When you reach […]

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CashCrate Review

April 9, 2009

CashCrate is one of those Get Paid To (GPT) Sites where you are paid to complete offers, some free and some not so much. It has become tremendously popular with stay at home moms, college students, and just about anyone else with a few minutes and a desire to make some money at home.  There […]

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