Selling Used Cars
Thankfully, neither are lust worthy vehicles (in my mind at least). I have a 1996 Honda Civic with 285K miles and a 2001 Dodge Caravan with 260K miles. Both run well still, and the Honda in particular has had quite a bit of recent upkeep (new timing belt & water pump, new tires, some other stuff) because we thought we'd keep it another year. But the right car came along to replace it, so I now have to move something.
The question I raise to you today is what is the best way to sell a used vehicle (quickly for a high price!)? I purchased a used truck once from a dealer. That's the whole sum of my experience in this realm. Craigslist is the obvious starter, but my dillema is that I live in a small town in Southern Minnesota where the nearest town (Mankato) with its own Craigslist is 30 miles away. We don't have a consignment lot, and I'm not sure that either of these well used vehicles would do well there anyhow. I'd consider donating them, but I don't need any more tax write-off (and it isn't close).
What have you done, or if you haven't sold, what experience do you have on the purchasing side?
Further, what ways do you need to prep the vehicle(s)? I hand shampooed the carpets in the Honda as they had never been done. I hit a few spots on the seats as well. Everything was shined up and I've washed the car. I'd consider wax, but wax is wasted on this paint. It's a black car, so should I spray paint some of the rear wheel rust spots that every Honda develops?
Words of advice? Recommendations? I'd like to sell them sooner rather than later, so I'm motivated. Because the snow is coming.