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Old 05-14-2009, 12:18 PM
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I sold my back up car yesterday...

I sold my 92 Mercury Sable with 67k ACTUAL miles on it. I/we inherited the car from my ex's Grandma 3.5 years ago (ex wouldn't even ride in it as she thought it was too old and wouldn't be caught dead in it, so I kept it in the divorce- Gee, I wonder why that didn't work out? ). It mainly sits and only got used when I was working on the SD. Before I got the SD it was my daily driver and I put about 30k of the 67k on it.

I am buying a house and we are needing just a bit more cash than we currently have saved for the down payment. Plus I want to get a diesel truck/SUV for when we get the new place as it is on 4.25 acres and will need something (either snowblower, ATV plow, or truck plow) to plow the rather long driveway. So I figured after we buy the house then I will start saving for a truck.

The car was in immaculate shape. The interior was nearly perfect. Only a bit of dirt on the floor that I couldn't get up. The outside was great. A few minor scratches and marks. It had rust starting to show at both rear wheel wells where the rear doors meet the bottom of the car. It was getting a bit rusty underneath as well (Minnesota).

I looked at the KBB and it was ~$1600 but it didn't seem to matter how many miles were on it as I put 100k more and it was the same price. So I decided I would list it high and see what happens as I didn't really NEED to sell it.

I took 50 pics and put them in a slideshow on an image hosting site. Then I put the slideshow and the images as imgs on my craigslist ad. I live a 1/2 block off the Mississippi River and there is a nice Victorian house that over looks a small clearing to the river. So I parked the car there and took pics with both the house and the river in the background. They turned out well. I listed it at $2650. I couldn't believe how much response I got. I listed it Monday night and within a day, I had 3 people wanting to set up a time to see it. The first one came last night. I sold it to her (college gal) for $2500 cash. We noticed that one of the rear shocks was sticking so I let that come off the price.

I think I sold it for a good price, but seeing how quickly I sold it makes me wonder if I priced it too low or just perfectly. I think I priced and marketed it perfectly but seeing how easy it was it makes me wonder...
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:02 PM
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Might have been a broken spring also... but we will never know.

Whered you list it? Craigslist or otherwise?

Sounds like you did a great job listing it, have a good personality, and found the right buyer. A rustbelt 92 sable isnt worth 2.5k to me, or most, regardless of millage.

So, whatcha gonna buy to plow with? I recently sold a 95 4x4 tracker for $400 bux (nevermind it went through the ice)... Ran/drove bla bla bla. Cheaper then a 4 wheeler, and had heat.

I dont think a 4 wheeler would be usefull after you get more then a foot or so of snow, but I could be wrong. They're very usefull for general hauling though...
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:36 PM
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I want to get a truck anyways for my 2nd (and back up vehicle). So I will be looking for a 90s diesel w/extended cab. I would probably prefer a Ford but will be open to Dodges and Chevy's.

My brother has an ATV that needs a tune-up sitting out at my parent's place in rural WI so I may bring that in to the new home to use for plowing. My dad has an extra blade as well so the only cost would be getting it running.

The Sable really was a great car. I'm not sad to see it go, but I guess I wasn't expecting to sell it so quickly. I really only decided to try and sell it this last weekend. I'm a bit in shock of how much interest there was and how quickly it sold.

I only posted it on craigslist.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:50 PM
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I'd say you priced it perfectly, and taking your time creating the listing didn't hurt either. Good job.
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I'm impressed. Around here, there's no way you could get over $2000 for a '92 Sable, even if it was in mint condition. A charitable organization in my area has been trying to sell a slightly rough box Grand Marquis for something like $500 for a while. No takers.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:31 PM
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I listed out taurus wagon last year for $3000 it was in great shape with 80,000 miles. We got 1500 plus a 95 windstar in trade. They are grandma cars but they run great ours had good power and handled nice. I should have kept it and turned it into a 5spd SHO. Only real problems with those cars seems to be the trannies.
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Excellent.....
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