I’ve posted before about buying cars, but never really selling one. I tend to form irrational attachments to my cars, and I also tend to drive them until they die. I’m now at the point where I’m ready to sell my Cadillac, since I bought a new car. I spent a bit of time prepping it for sale this weekend, and I learned two things:
- If I can help it, I’ll never buy a car with a light interior again. I spent way too much time scrubbing carpets and cleaning the seats, and it wasn’t that dirty to begin with. EVERYTHING shows in a tan interior.
- It’s funny how we live with certain things that only get fixed once it’s time to sell. The car has had a clunk from the rear end for several months that I determined wasn’t serious but couldn’t fully diagnose, and I finally got around to fixing it this weekend. It took all of an hour – now why couldn’t I find the time to do that when it was bothering me, instead of the next owner? I also touched up some scratches and cleaned all the door jambs, trunk recesses, and generally cleaned the car from top to bottom. It’s my firm belief that cars run better when clean, so why was I only doing this now?
Of course, it’s not just that I’m lazy (although that’s certainly part of it). It’s easy to live with minor faults when it’s your car, but as soon as there’s money on the line and you want to make a quick sale and get the most value out of the car, suddenly all these little annoyances become important. It did make me wonder if I’d taken the time to remedy these things, maybe I would’ve enjoyed the car a little more. I guess it doesn’t really matter though – with any luck, it will belong to someone else before too long.
Anyway, with the car clean and shiny, I took a few pictures and posted it on Craigslist. Hopefully there isn’t some jackass out there who posts a weekly blog of random cars he finds on the internet who’s going to critique my photography and ad writing skills.