Author Topic: Awkwardness in selling my car  (Read 1994 times)

RosieTR

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Awkwardness in selling my car
« on: October 06, 2016, 02:17:56 PM »
So I have an awkward situation that has to do with selling my car. The story: I was walking to a meeting with my boss and during small talk mentioned that I had been cleaning out my car in order to put it up for sale. She got kind of interested because she thought her husband would want it for her stepkid (who is soon going to be driving age). This is a 99 Sentra with the warts that come with age, but it runs fine. I'm selling it because we have 3 vehicles for 2 people, which is an idiotic non-Mustachian situation, and this is the oldest & least needed. So, she asks what I'm asking ($1500) and then offers a day or two later $1200. I want to think about it, because really I hadn't yet priced it out, and then responded by email a couple days later that I'd accept (with the offer to have them drive it first if they want, etc). No response. This was about a week ago. Boss left for a meeting and won't be back until Monday...so if I don't post now I'll have to wait another week. It's a little weird to sell it to my boss anyway-the car is good but has the potential for them to be like "yeah this sucks" about something that goes wrong.

I'm not sure if I should go ahead and post it on CL, or wait and send a "hey, I'm going to post it did you lose the email, just want to know either way" email, or what? Your thoughts? Not sure if I could get a little more on CL or not...Blue Book is ~1300ish, CL prices for comparable cars run the gamut, though this would fit with some of the better ones since the super cheap ones are fishing for an offer or in terrible condition (like don't run or are obviously wrecked from a major accident).

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Re: Awkwardness in selling my car
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2016, 02:22:18 PM »
I just sold my 2003 Sentra base model (2nd car as well) for $2,000 a few months ago. Mine only had 77k miles and looked damn good for a 13 year old car. My dad bought it.


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Awkwardness in selling my car
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 02:24:19 PM »
Just send her an email that says: "Following up."

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Re: Awkwardness in selling my car
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 02:27:34 PM »
I can see how that could get awkward. I sold a car to a family in the neighborhood a couple years ago. Three times, they've called to ask me whether I ever had such-and-such service done or had XYZ replaced. I gave them ALL records with the car, so I get the vibe that their calls are more of a "why did you never do ...."  Also, I miss that car, and seeing it in the neighborhood makes me miss it even more.

I say go ahead and list it. No response to the email is no response to the email It's not sold. As a courtesy, however, you could send boss a follow-up: "Just wanted to let you know we've listed the Nissan. Here's the listing in case you're interested..."

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Re: Awkwardness in selling my car
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2016, 03:01:59 PM »
If they've not responded to the email then I'd go ahead and list the car. I boss was interested should get back to you promptly. As boss offered less and has potential to hassle you in future regarding the car, there's no great upside to selling to boss as I see it.

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Re: Awkwardness in selling my car
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 01:41:09 PM »
Update: after some more back and forth/missed messages and such, the offer was withdrawn and so I'll list on CL.

Wish me luck! Never done this before...