Preparing Antique Trucks For Sale | Selling Antique Trucks
In preparing antique trucks for sale, there are a few important things that you have to do to make sure you get the best price.
These days, many high end vehicles, including antique trucks, are sold over the Internet. As a result, if you want to get offers, you have to take time to prepare both your truck and your ad.
As part of preparing your truck, you want it as clean as possible. If your antique truck has rust spots, tears in the upholstery, cracked windows, or any other visible imperfections, you have a decision to make. If you sell the truck 'as is', be prepared to get fewer offers, at lower offer prices. And, unless it is a high in-demand vehicle, expect it to take longer to sell as well.
On the other hand, if you decide to fix the imperfections, you have to estimate and evaluate your return on investment. It's a tricky balancing act, because once you start to refurbish a vehicle, it's very easy to get caught up in the restoration process and spend more than you originally intended. To help prevent this, before you place the truck up for sale, first decide on a listing price. Then decide on a restoration budget and don't go past that mark.
Determining The Listing Price For Your Antique Truck
The most important factor in preparing antique trucks for sale is determining the actual value of your truck. One of the best ways of determining this is to go to eBay and peruse their auto and truck auctions. Look for similar makes and models to your truck. There are three real advantages to using eBay for this part of your research:
1) By looking through the listings you can gauge the general interest in this type of truck by noticing the number of bids for the various models and by noticing if the offer expired without selling.
2) For the trucks that sold, you will be able to see the actual selling price of the truck - as opposed to the listing price.
3) Look at the successful auctions. You can get really good ideas for your own ad by taking note of the words and phrases that truck owners used to sell their car and including those features in your own ad.
In addition to eBay, there are plenty of sites on the Internet where you can search for what experts deem is the real value of your truck. Between these two resources, you should be able to come up with a reasonable listing price.
Preparing The Ad For Your Antique Truck
When it comes to selling trucks through an ad, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. To show the truck in its best light, have the truck cleaned and waxed before taking photos. Then, take photos of the exterior and the interior. Open the hood and take photos of the engine. And do the same for the trunk. You want to give the person looking at your ad the most information that you can to get his interest and enable him to make a buying decision.
If the place where you are listing your ad allows it, create a photo gallery of the pictures you have taken. This allows the interested party to simply click from photo to photo to see the entire truck. And even better than a photo, is a video. If you have access to a tech person, he can take your video and load it to an area where interested buyers can view it and get a real feel for your truck.
Because of its potential value, preparing classic trucks for sale takes a bit more work than selling a normal pickup truck. But, if you take the time to do it right, you'll be financially rewarded.
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