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Old March 20th, 2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default I'm a little surprised how many people don't clean vehicles they list for sale...

This is Recycle Bin material... However, I'd just like to make a statement.

I'm shocked how many people post vehicles and other things for sale without cleaning them up before taking pics. I know this is a 4x4 forum, so muddy interiors aren't uncommon.. but c'mon, if you're trying to sell your junk... do me a favor and spray it out, vacuum it up, and throw your trash away before you post pics and attempt to peddle your junk to me.

Maybe I'm just a bitch about stuff, (and tend to keep my shit pretty clean, even if it is a "beater") but I wouldn't buy a vehicle if the seller posts dirty pics of it (specifically... the interior)

Does petty shit like this bother anyone else here? I laugh when I see older vehicles for sale, interior TRASHED, 4 empty mountain dew bottles, a backpack, and empty cigarette boxes on the floors of vehicles and it's for sale for $5k.

Clean your shit before you try to get rid of it, people care and do notice "petty" things like this. Wash it, vacuum it, and throw some tire wet on it... and I guarantee you'd get more interest in said vehicle. How you maintain your vehicle says a lot about you, especially if it's for sale.

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Old March 20th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #2
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some kid was trying to sell axles on here a few months ago, that were completely covered in mud.

I didn't even want them, but it pissed me off just looking at the pictures.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 02:23 AM   #3
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Not sure. I'm trying to sell my Jeep and the first thing I did before I listed it was washed, rubbing compounded and polished it.
Then I took pictures of it and a few more pictures of some of the problem areas. It pisses me off when people waste my time so when I post up pictures and go into extremely anal detail on every little thing on this or anything I try to sell for that matter, it's real easy to sell.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #4
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The couple hours it takes to do a good quick interior/exterior detail is very worth it as the vehicles sell faster for closer to asking price in my experience.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 03:12 AM   #5
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What, you don't want to buy a vehicle that is covered in mud? You mean that is good at hiding all the rust. lol
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What, you don't want to buy a vehicle that is covered in mud? You mean that is good at hiding all the rust. lol
don't you know that's what stickers are for
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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:07 AM   #7
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i agree..... my wife and I had been looking at boats and a lot of them would say garage kept in the ad, but when we got there it would look like it sat under a tree with no cover on it for years. I mean how hard is it to make something look good before someone comes to look at it.... or just generally maintain it I guess.......
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i agree..... my wife and I had been looking at boats and a lot of them would say garage kept in the ad, but when we got there it would look like it sat under a tree with no cover on it for years. I mean how hard is it to make something look good before someone comes to look at it.... or just generally maintain it I guess.......
every spring my boat looks like that, and it takes about 3 hours each year to have it spotless.
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You have a very valid point IMO.

I would never concider trying to sell most things without making sure they was as spotless as I could make them. When someone trys to sell something that is dirty and uncleaned, it indicates to me that the person who owns it did not take very good care of that product.

I just sold my 23 year old daughters 99 Grand Am a few weeks ago as we had just bought her a brand new 2010 Malibu LT. The first thing I did to the Grand Am was to take it to our local clean-up shop BEFORE I tried to sell it.

For 75 bucks, the guy shampooed the carpets and interior, steam cleaned the engine, Wheeled/Waxed the paint, detailed the entire car. The 75 bucks I spent on the clean-up probably brought me in an extra 500.00 bucks for the car.

I put it on Craigs list and within 20 minutes, I had my first call on it. The first guy that come over to test drive it, bought it on the spot.

Clean vehicles sell a lot faster than dirty ones do--------thats a fact!
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I have to say clean is King. I would not buy a dirty filthy turd of a car even if that was what it was intended for. mud trucks would even have to be clean so as to see whats holding them together ie; bailing wire, Tape , etc..

I can see not washing a vehicle being traded in at the dealer as most have good clean up crews and detail anyways. the idea of a marketable piece gives assurance to the buyer you took good care of a vehicle that you owned.
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You have a very valid point IMO.

I would never concider trying to sell most things without making sure they was as spotless as I could make them. When someone trys to sell something that is dirty and uncleaned, it indicates to me that the person who owns it did not take very good care of that product.

I just sold my 23 year old daughters 99 Grand Am a few weeks ago as we had just bought her a brand new 2010 Malibu LT. The first thing I did to the Grand Am was to take it to our local clean-up shop BEFORE I tried to sell it.

For 75 bucks, the guy shampooed the carpets and interior, steam cleaned the engine, Wheeled/Waxed the paint, detailed the entire car. The 75 bucks I spent on the clean-up probably brought me in an extra 500.00 bucks for the car.

I put it on Craigs list and within 20 minutes, I had my first call on it. The first guy that come over to test drive it, bought it on the spot.

Clean vehicles sell a lot faster than dirty ones do--------thats a fact!
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2. I totally agree with everything here.

In the past, I never had the money to have cars detailed before trying to sell them, but I always had plenty of time and elbow grease. I found that the biggest "pay off" impressing people came from a spotless interior that wasn't covered in armor-all. I used to take the seats and center consoles out and clean those separately; then, I'd use a mix of simple green and murphy's oil soap mixed in a little bit of water to clean the carpet and floor mats. Hose it all down with water first, scrub the heck outta everything with the soap mix and let it sit for a few minutes. Literally flood the carpets with water (to float up dirt) then use a shop vac to siphon all the water out. Throw a space heater in the car and let it sit overnight to dry.

For the dash, I'd remove any bezels, trim, vents (anything with a seam where dirt could settle) and clean around and behind them. Q-tips, an old tooth brush and a damp cloth worked best. I also made sure the windows were spotless.

I always figured that the buyer sits in the car driving it more than walking around outside looking at the exterior - especially if it isn't a sporty car. While they drive it, they take everything in and subliminally feel like they're in a care that is in great shape (if it drives nice, of course), and don't tend to wonder if something is being hidden with a few bottles of armor-all.

Plus, it is always to your advantage if someone test drives your car and doesn't find a french fry and chick hair when they go to fasten their seatbelt.

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Agreed with all of the above comments. But also at least take some photos. And dont give me a photo 75 yds away from the vehicle taken while wheeling or a photo taken at 2am from a phone.
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Here is an example of a car I was offered by someone. it was a just a $500 beater Topaz



the back seat was level full also. this the kinda crap I hated to see at the dealer. people would expect you to work on their car when it looked like this too.
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Here is an example of a car I was offered by someone. it was a just a $500 beater Topaz


the back seat was level full also. this the kinda crap I hated to see at the dealer. people would expect you to work on their car when it looked like this too.
that is so true. When I was doing car audio i would see the same crap. They would expect you to pull it out and put it back in. They would usually be "o i didnt know it would be it the way". I was like how do you expect us to run wires or mount amps. I would make them clean it out and bring it back.
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I've sent these pics of my YJ to several people that are interested in buying it.
Are these unsatisfactory?
http://picasaweb.google.com/davcarbo...eat=directlink
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don't you know that's what stickers are for
i thought they were for +hp???
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Old March 20th, 2010, 08:52 AM   #17
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I've sent these pics of my YJ to several people that are interested in buying it.
Are these unsatisfactory?
http://picasaweb.google.com/davcarbo...eat=directlink
I would say those are unsatisfactory. It's wasn't even washed before those pics were taken. However, I have a feeling you weren't being serious.
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hmm this makes me think about the pics i posted of my boat. i guess i'm guilty of posting "dirty" pics on the internet.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #19
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I have a feeling you weren't being serious.
Why do people always say that about me?! I am serious as a heart attack!

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That jeep I have for sale is rock solid. I put a lot of love, sweat, and blood into it. It gets the garage 24/7. If my jeep sells, which I hope it doesn't, I will become suicidal. Obviously that will be fruitless

I will polish it later.
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I like it when people don't clean up stuff before taking pics to sell it. The main reason being that now I know not to come look at their vehicle, if they are to lazy to wash it and vacuum it out before taking pics to sell it, then they also are to lazy to do regular maintenance to the vehicle.
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