Rookie Mistakes Trying to Sell Your Car

Rookie Mistakes Trying to Sell Your Car


– Hey guys, what’s goin’ on? Before we even get into it,
I wanted to let you know we’re doing another
giveaway, except this time with a coilover company,
toss me the shirt! This is a large and that’s
why I’m not wearing it but we have partnered with BC Racing to give away a free set
of BR series coilovers. It’s absolutely awesome. This is probably one of
my favorite back designs. Absolutely killer job. We already shipped out
a ton of these already, so, the good news is is every single shirt that we end up selling is gonna
help us make a difference. We’re donating to a not-for-profit. It’s another same awesome thing. The shirt is absolutely killer. It gets you a free set of coilovers, so you guys are
interested, obviously check the description link below because that’s, we just keep doin’ ’em every month and you guys like it, we like it, we get cool tee shirts, you
guys get cool tee shirts, chance to win some coilovers,
and then I get to beat Dakota in another competition even though I do have to announce he did
win the hot wing challenge. So, he does take a W. I feel like I owe it to
him to let you all know that he did win. Finally my reign has
ended after seven months. Anyway, let’s get into the video. (intense music) The best car flip story I have. We bought a $600 Mazda Miata to repair and flip as a project to
help pay for college classes. My best friend and I had a goal to graduate from our
four year with no debt so we thought we would take
this junky, single coat, NA Miata that had no exhaust, no soft top, and attempted our darnedest to fix it. When we were trying to
fix the exhaust though, my buddy Michael thought
it would be a good idea to install the test pipe
using electrical wire to hold it in between the exhaust system and the patter, I guess
you would wanna say. Yeah, I mean, you can probably
figure out how that went but as we were doing our final test to actually sell to a guy that wanted to drift it,
we took it down a round about 45, 55 miles an
hour and all of a sudden we heard a clunk and a pop and
then a pipe hit the ground. The pipe hit the ground
at 55 miles an hour, it shot about 30 feet into the air, at 55 miles an hour and nearly
took out the car behind us because the car behind
us was one of our friends to make sure that the
car never broke down. And it was a pretty
hilarious moment of our life to realize that maybe we
probably just shouldn’t flip cars to try and pay for college. Well, maybe college
should just be cheaper. We’ve all made rookie mistakes
when trying to sell a car, maybe flip a car, and
sometimes we wanna admit those things that we’ve
done and sometimes we don’t. I’m Alex, Alex at FI with socials and today we’re gonna be
talking about rookie mistakes when selling your car. If you haven’t caught on
yet or maybe you’re looking to maybe just hear the plug again, wheels, tires, suspension, maybe looking to get some
before selling your car, you know, because modifications
definitely add value to the selling price of a car. Head out to fitmentindustries.com where we’ve got it all. Coilovers, air suspension,
a few wheel brands, and a coilover giveaway which
I already talked about before. Anyway, let’s get into it. The first and most common mistake when it comes to selling
a car is not giving all the details in your ad. I know it’s a simple one,
it’s one that you’re gonna be like, “Yeah, no (bleep), Sherlock.”. No one knows where you are
when you put your location on the marketplace as California. Not just that but a DSG and
an SMG is more of an automatic than it is a manual. Stop tryin’ to trick those
people by selecting manual on Craigslist, I see you. BMWs are just iconic for it. Details help sell your car. Lack of details result in you
being asked 9000 questions that you ultimately screenshot
to share on your wall because you wanna make fun of them and actually it turns out it was you because you just never
put the price on the ad. Everyone believes that they’ll be ready for when their car sells. After all, if it’s your daily driver why would you need to take
out your six sunglasses cases, 14 CDs, half ate bag of Cheetos, you never know when
you’re gonna wanna finish the other half, and your
favorite three hangers that haven’t been used
in the last three years. Rebecca, I’m looking at you. The same hangers in the back of the jeep, since I’ve known you,
they’re still there homie. We gotta get them outta there. And then the car sells and as the car is rolling down the road,
beautiful sunset, evening, you’re smiling, little
tear comin’ down your face, cold hard cash in your
hand, you realize that, one, you forgot to take your
damn plate off your car. Which is dependent upon your state, but in Wisconsin, you
gotta keep it with you. It’s the most ridiculous
thing in the world. But more importantly, two,
you forget to eject your brand new CD that you’ve just burnt and you’re never gonna
get those hangers back. People leave so much stuff in their car when they sell it because
they never anticipate, I don’t know, selling it. And then they do and then they forget all the stuff that’s in it. People leave so much stuff, it’s insane. They also include a lot in
their ad that’s included that hardly ever gets
remembered once you actually do pick up the car. And once you’ve sold the car
or just picked up a new car, getting those extra pieces
from the previous owner or trying to get those parts
back from the new owner is pretty much just impossible. Pro-tip, put all your stuff in a box in the passenger front seat and then that way when
you decide to sell it, you just grab the box and you get out like you just got fired from your car. Another common mistake
is bartering wheels, tires, and suspension into your pricing. I know, I’ve seen it,
we’ve seen it all the time. Nine times outta 10, whatever
math you’re probably doing to justify removing parts
from a purchased car is usually wrong. Wheels, you can usually snag
a good chunk of change back on reselling but tires not even
remotely a tiny little bit. Suspension, real tough
because there’s so many different Fitment options
but not many people actually buy used suspension. Now, I know people do,
so don’t get mad at me for saying that but removing
$1000 for you to keep the wheels and tires
because you’re gonna go put those wheels up for $1200
and then it actually just turns out that you
negotiate a sale at $750 because you’ve hung onto
them for four weeks, it doesn’t actually, it
doesn’t actually put you ahead. It’s complicated formula
in terms of monetary value. It just doesn’t work out in your favor. You’re just gonna have
to trust us on this one. You’re better off trying
to build in those mods as much as possible and not remove stuff unless the base platform of the car isn’t worth too much but
the modifications are. Which goes into another rookie mistake. Don’t be a, hold on, hold one, hello? Yeah, yeah, I still got the car. Yeah, you’re lookin’ for it today? Today, yeah, cash? Yeah, absolutely, yeah, I
can definitely meet with you. He’s lookin’ for cash. He’s lookin’ for cash. Just stop it, don’t fake pressure. If people want your car, they’ll see that when they check it out. You don’t need to be the guy on the phone doin’ the fake phone sale thing. It’s painful for you. It’s painful for me. It’s painful for everybody involved. It just doesn’t look good. And this is where its get tricky because when you’ve owned
a highly modified car for five years, you get
accustomed to some of the quirks. We’ll call them features of
the car that you’re selling. After all, you’ve dealt
with it for five years, the random new owner
should definitely know that you have to tap the
plastic driver’s door piece three times to start up the whole window to go to roll down, right? When selling your car, first
off, they don’t know that. Second off, I know that
because we’ve all owned cars that are like that. Sometimes we just accept
’em for who they are. They’re a beautiful ugly mess. But when selling your
car, you’re gonna wanna be absolutely honest with it. That’s going to include
you being a little mean to your baby in the description link that is going to attached
to your for sale ad. It’s going to be okay, I promise. You’re better off being
honest and listing the quirks because then when you
actually inevitably get that text three days after selling it and someone is mad that
the window doesn’t work because they didn’t tap
the interior drivers piece three times when the car was on, you can say, “Hey bud, look at the ad. “I said that already.” Be sure your ad outlines
absolutely everything. You’d be surprised at what you’re used to after owning a car for so long. Especially when you’ve
built the car yourself. Those quirks can go into
everything from the switches to the turn signals not working to your headlights having
to turn on and off. I know all of y’all,
we do the HID sometimes and the HIDs don’t always turn on when you turn on the headlights. Those are things that you’re
gonna wanna let people know otherwise you just don’t have an overall great
experience selling the car because it’s, it’s just
annoying to deal with. Another rookie mistake is saying it’s rust free when it’s not. Rust free means if you
could guess, free of rust. Not mostly free of
rust, not 98% rust free, not kills 99% of rust free. Rust free means rust free. Free of it! Too many times has the rust
free statement been overused. It’s abused, abolished
is what it should be because when you crawl underneath
a rust free California car only to find that salt water
rusted the entire subframe and the car was just repainted. Also, just remember emotional
attachment to a vehicle doesn’t make it worth more. I know, I’m sorry, it’s just
a thing that doesn’t work. Also, Facebook marketplace
is gonna be a dangerous place so be warned if you plan
on trying to sell a car on anything above Kelly Blue Book or NAD on Facebook Marketplace. It is a war zone. It is a free for all and
there is no white flag as to determining what’s gonna happen. So, what is the biggest
rookie mistake you’ve made when selling your car? Drop a comment link below. And of course guys don’t forget if you’re looking for
wheels, tires, suspension, fitmentindustries.com. Maybe you’re lookin’ to
beef up your resale value before you sell your car. You can put some wheels on
it ’cause that always helps, some tires, some suspension. It’s 100% investment. Definitely not biased. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. We will see you guys later, peace. (chill electronic music)