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Rory
01-03-2009, 08:50 PM
Have been trying to sell my 2001 VW Passat TDi 130bhp but not having much luck! This is probably due many factors -

> the recession induced and depressingly depressed 2nd hand car market
> the resultant fact that so many are currently trying to sell cars for cash
> my bad-timing (would have got decent money for it 9 months ago)
> everyone is looking for a bargain because there are serious ones available

It's a well-spec'd car in good shape and used to be in quite high mass-market demand. Is there anything different I can do, either to the car or in advertising the car, to assist me in my quest and help it to stand out from others on the market? :fish:

Thanks, Rory

Hippychick
01-03-2009, 09:15 PM
You could try draping a hot bird across the bonnet for the photos!

That would make it stand out :P

HTH :D

texas2201
01-03-2009, 09:20 PM
sex always sells - are you offerring Helen? if so I have a couple of Lotus that I am trying to sell - you could come down and do a photo shoot :-) I'm sure my wife would understand the financial Necessity of it all - gets hat goes out the door.............. :-)

texas2201
01-03-2009, 09:23 PM
Hi Rory

Cannot think of anything - all I have had is a couple of plonkers winding me up for a laugh................. very helpful

like 5k and they will scrap the M3 for me seeing as it is so old..........arghhhhh

Rory
01-03-2009, 09:45 PM
Those 'plonkers' need a good kick between the .... with insulting crap like that! :angry:
Tell you what Martin, I will justabout consider a Part Exch for a black E30 M3 thereby solving both our problems ........ well? ;) :lol:

By the way, if Helen is offering, she's headed for Ireland first! :D

Hippychick
01-03-2009, 09:57 PM
I don't want to scare off any potential buyers for you! :blink:

Good luck to you both - hope you find buyers soon :thumb:

Rory
01-03-2009, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick@Mar 1 2009, 10:15 PM
You could try draping a hot bird across the bonnet for the photos!
Well......... you did suggest it! :whistle: I always find, in life, that it is best not to make a statement if you're not willing to back it up! :D

pye21
02-03-2009, 06:07 AM
Post your advert up.

A good advert, with all the right info and pics will save people time asking questions. :thumb:

Floyd
02-03-2009, 06:41 AM
How much do you want for it? :thumb: Where's the advert for it?

texas2201
02-03-2009, 07:06 AM
Rory let me think about it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, No :-) I already have a turbo diesel

Trevor
02-03-2009, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick@Mar 1 2009, 10:15 PM
You could try draping a hot bird across the bonnet for the photos!

That would make it stand out :P

HTH :D
Helen, How much to drape yourself on the Porker?



(No, the car!)



I'll get my coat ......

Hippychick
02-03-2009, 10:06 PM
We really need that head in hands smilie! :rolleyes:

Ian H
02-03-2009, 10:09 PM
Originally posted by Trevor+Mar 2 2009, 06:15 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Trevor @ Mar 2 2009, 06:15 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Hippychick@Mar 1 2009, 10:15 PM
You could try draping a hot bird across the bonnet for the photos&#33;

That would make it stand out :P

HTH :D
Helen, How much to drape yourself on the Porker?



(No, the car&#33;)



I&#39;ll get my coat ...... [/b][/quote]
A bar of Green&Blacks organic chocolate :lol:

Ian

Rory
02-03-2009, 10:55 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Mar 2 2009, 07:41 AM
How much do you want for it? :thumb: Where&#39;s the advert for it?
This is the car:

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/Picture13032007210.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/Picture13032007207.jpg

It is a Comfortline and I am currently asking 5900 for it (having come down in price to sell). It&#39;s not advertised online at the moment but had it on Carzone.ie here in Ireland with little response (apart from a few dubious calls from people in London saying they had a buyer but wanted a 100 fee&#33;). I have it currently advertised in local newspapers but it&#39;s definitely a buyers market&#33; :thumb:

:lol: @ Trevor & Ian :thumb:

Hippychick
03-03-2009, 09:08 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Mar 2 2009, 11:09 PM

A bar of Green&Blacks organic chocolate :lol:

Ian
I&#39;ve given it up for Lent :D

Ian H
03-03-2009, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick+Mar 3 2009, 10:08 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Hippychick @ Mar 3 2009, 10:08 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Ian Howell@Mar 2 2009, 11:09 PM

A bar of Green&Blacks organic chocolate :lol:

Ian
I&#39;ve given it up for Lent :D [/b][/quote]
Which bit, the chocolate or laying on cars? :lol:

Ian

pye21
04-03-2009, 06:23 AM
Originally posted by Ian Howell+Mar 4 2009, 12:16 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ian Howell @ Mar 4 2009, 12:16 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Hippychick@Mar 3 2009, 10:08 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-Ian Howell@Mar 2 2009, 11:09 PM

A bar of Green&Blacks organic chocolate* :lol:

Ian
I&#39;ve given it up for Lent :D
Which bit, the chocolate or laying on cars? :lol:

Ian [/b][/quote]
:lol: :lol:

Simon
04-03-2009, 07:24 AM
Helen. How deep is that hole you have dug yourself? :lol: :lol:

Rory. Might be worth a punt on Ebay with a reserve?

Sim
04-03-2009, 07:32 AM
If you want to sell your car, first of all get some decent pics without the mountain bikes&#33;

That says to me that the car has been overloaded every weekend and ragged down green lanes looking forthe next mountain bike fix.

Get photos of the car after its been cleaned/hoovered, from all angles, inside front, inside rear, in the boot and under the bonnet.

Try and get the pics in a nice location with as little in the back ground as possible.

Check what prices other similar cars are going for and price it 100 less than the half way point.

If its too expensive people won&#39;t look at it, if its too cheap people will keep away from it.


Oh, and your not going to like this little bit.

In my opinion, after a 2 minute check on Pistonheads, compared to mainland prices, your asking more than double the going rate for one of those.

The most expensive one in the UK is only 3950 and thats a fanboy car with KW suspension and Bentley alloys :blink:

r
04-03-2009, 10:32 AM
Thanks for that Sim :thumb:

Incidentally, I didn&#39;t actually use those mountain-bike adorned photo&#39;s in my ads but they were just the first ones I came across for posting here&#33; Thanks for your advice on photographing the car and on pricing (scary and all as it is :o ). I based the price on the average of similar cars advertised on Carzone.ie over here but will look again and act accordingly&#33; It is a good car in good shape so would like appropriate money for it but the market is currently kicking my butt&#33;

Maybe I could chuck in a few bars of Green & Blacks Organic Choc to speed up the sale. :fish:
Cheers :thumb:

Sim
04-03-2009, 10:37 AM
If its a "normal" car, like your Passat, I always use pistonheads and autotrader to price the car.

Ebay is always about 15% cheaper, unless its a fanboy car, where it can do much better on ebay.


I&#39;m also my own worst enemy when it comes to photographing, but mint photos can add 500 to the car or make the difference between someone looking at it in the first place, or ignoring it all together.

Hippychick
04-03-2009, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by Rory O@Mar 4 2009, 11:32 AM


Maybe I could chuck in a few bars of Green & Blacks Organic Choc to speed up the sale. :fish:


...ask me again in a week or 2....I only gave it up a week ago & the withdrawal symptoms haven&#39;t really kicked in yet&#33;