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Great news – we finally sold our Jetta through Craigslist!

We bought a family car last year and we've been debating since then over which car to sell.

My husband is too attached to his car, so the Jetta was chosen.

Selling Our Car on Craigslist

Before we put up the ad on Craigslist, we did some prep work to get the most out of the sale.

Take It to a Mechanic

I know it can seem like a waste of time and energey to pay some money into a car you're selling, but if you're looking to get top dollar for your car, you have to put a little something into it.

Make sure your is in great running condition. Any sign that the car has problems, even minor ones, can be enough to turn off buyers.

The Jetta was in great shape, but to reassure those interested we got an oil change and tune-up done before listing it.

It's all in the Details

If you haven't already go ahead and remove all of your junk from the car. Not only will it look much more presentable, you'll also help get rid of excess weight which could be lowering your car's mileage.

We also had it professionally cleaned. (I couldn't believe how much garbage had piled up!)

You can also do it yourself if you prefer to cut down on costs, just make sure it's a thorough job. You want those pictures to pop.

Listing on Craigslist

Besides including the essential information about your car (year, make model, condition, and mileage), you want to make sure you highlight your car's best feature.

Is it great on gas? Is it spacious enough for a family of four? Is it fun to drive?

Be Smart with PriceLearn how to properly prep and sell your car quickly on Craigslist. We had a cash buyer make an offer inside of a week.

Tools like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds can help you get a ballpark idea for a reasonable price.

If you're still stumped, check out other sellers on Craigslist to get a better picture on what is the current market for your car.

Sell It with Photos

Speaking of pictures, you won't have buyers come over for a test drive if you have bad pictures.

Wait for a bright and clear day and snap some photos.

Make sure you take pictures of the car at different angles,both interior and exterior so potential drivers get a good idea of the car's condition.

Filter Out the Noise

You can get a lot of inquiries so be firm about expectations. I told all that we were looking to sell and it was firm come first serve.

Some buyers wanted to negotiate over the phone, but I told them that I would only do it in person since I knew I had priced it fairly. (I did that so they could't lower it even more when they came over for a test drive.)

Cash Buyer Found

it took just over a week, but my VW is now with a new family. A sweet couple came, test drove the car, and made a cash offer.

We happily accepted it and I hope the Jetta continues to run for years and serve them as well as it has done for us.

Plans for the Money

Once everything has cleared from the bank accounts, some of the money will definitely be thrown at the student loan.

And the rest? We're still deciding on which one of of our other goals needs some more funding.

Thoughts on Selling Your Car Quickly on Craigslist

I'd like to get your thoughts on selling cars. How many of you have sold your car on Craigslist? How did it go?

About Elle Martinez

Elle Martinez helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income, and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second..

3 comments add your comment

  1. Nice job Elle! Must feel like such a relief. Shot you an e-mail earlier, but you must be busy. Hope the year is treating you well.

    Best, Sam

    • Thanks Sam; we’re happy to have that off our list. On to the next goal! I got your email on my phone, but I caught the bug that going around 🙁 Just exhausted this week. I spent all day Monday catching on everything.

  2. Good job on selling it so quickly! Sounds like you played your cards just right…