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Sold My Minivan Online

Remember when I told you that my minivan had died (blown a head gasket) and it was going to cost about $3000 for the repairs.  I decided that it wasn’t worth it to fix (actually my wife decided for me) a vehicle that had over 185,000 miles on it since I figured that the transmission probably only had about 30,000 more miles which would have been about a year and another $2500 or so.

So I decided to sell the minivan online.  I did a Google search and found a website where they would make an offer within a few minutes.  I put in all the information and by the time I had toggled through each page ended up with an offer for $435.  All I needed to do was accept the offer and arrangements would be made to have the van towed away from my driveway.

Well, I really was hoping for about $500 for it and thought it was a reasonable price after looking at Craigslist.  I probably could have gotten more listing it myself as a mechanic’s special, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle or have a bunch of strangers coming over to look at it.  But I did search the net for a second opportunity to sell online.  Of course free towing was a must since it could barely go 3 miles without overheating.

I managed to find another site, put in the information.  This time, I received an email with a number to call in order to get an offer.  I called the next morning and spoke with someone stating that I really was hoping to get $500 for my trouble.  She agreed on that price and arrangements were ultimately made to have the minivan towed away.

There was a bit of confusion and hassle regarding the towing.  We were going out of town at the end of the week so it had to be done by Wednesday or no one would be home.  The third party towing company apparently didn’t get the message and instead of calling the next day to set up a time, called later in the week and had difficulty getting in contact with us.  When we got back, I had to call the company again to let them know that I was still planning on selling and to get the number for the towing company.

We called the towing company directly to set up a time, but they still had someone show up at a different time when my wife wasn’t home.  Finally, on the third try, it got done and we got our $500.  Even though it was a little more difficult than it should have been due to lack of communication between the online site and the third party towing company, I would still do it again.  I believe I got a fair price for a van I no longer wanted nor could drive and got it out of the driveway fairly quickly.


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