Getting the best price when selling an old car

Selling a '79 VW Rabbit

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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Dear Bob,
My husband and I desperately need to get rid of our 1979 VW Rabbit. We started a new business three years ago, and while we're "still making it," we recently had a $1000 repair bill on another car, so we feel like we want to get the very best money in selling the Rabbit.

The Kelley Blue Book seems to be $250, though I have looked and seen other 1979 Rabbits being sold for much more. What gives? How can we get the absolute most money in selling the car without ripping people off. We have spent a lot of time and money in repairing the Rabbit. As with many 1979 VW Rabbits, the car seems to have an electrical problem that we've had worked on several times to no avail. We can't help but feel that somewhere there is a solution to this electrical problem. We're just tired of spending money on it. Otherwise, we've always kept the car in good shape, except that it rally could use a paint job. There are some spots on rust, especially around the gas tank. (We're the original owners and have never had a paint job on it.) It was originally a very spiffy-looking white car with a medium blue stripe down the side and medium blue interior. Where can we go to get the absolute best deal on this car?

Well, when it comes to selling a car, you can get what someone is willing to pay for it. Now, where do you start? You don't want to start too low and not get enough for it and you don't want to start too high and scare people away. Look up and see what it goes for there. You might want to go to places that buy old cars and see what they will give you for it. Now, this will be the lowest price because they will have to mark it up to make money. This is also known as wholesale price. You might also want to try, which is the link for Kelly Blue Book. Also, look in the local paper and see what other models are selling for. From there, you can get a good feel for how that model is selling. If you found it listed for $250, then list it for $750 and see what you get. From there, you have $500 bargaining room. Remember a car is only worth what someone is willing to pay!
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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