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Archive for March, 2011

How to sell your car yourself and get the most for it

Last year I sold my 2001 Corvette for $15,500. The price we agreed on was within the amount stated for private party Blue Book value in 2010, so why bother writing an article about this? Well, there are a few reasons. First, even though the car was was in great condition with no issues, I wasn’t getting any serious offers. Second, I discovered some effective ways to demonstrate value online. I found out it takes more than throwing my listing on Craigslist and renewing it weekly, let me explain my suggestions on how to sell your car.

The minimum to sell your car…
My plan was to create a better than average Craigslist ad, and highlight the features I thought would help the car sell. I gave the car a thorough cleaning inside and out, and took dozens of pictures. The best ones I uploaded to Photobucket and labeled with titles and descriptions. I then put together an HTML page that I could copy into Craigslist and re-list every week. Here’s what my Craiglist ad looked like when I started. I had listed the car for $16k, which was slightly above good Kelly Blue book value at the time, but as you can see in the photos the car was pretty clean.

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Cheap Bastard – March – Tip of the Month

Here’s a great way to get even with the airlines and be a cheap bastard. Thanks, Flight Crew 326 from Alaska Airlines Seattle to San Jose for the double cookie/pretzel order and triple drink order. Elizabeth, Jared, Selena you guys rock!

cheap bastard strikes again

Some CFO out there is scratching their head & trying to balance the books. This little stunt put them in the red for Q1


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