Yesterday we spent about 2 hours cleaning her car thoroughly in order to prep it for sale soon. Of course this was an opportunity to take some nice photos after the wash, clay, and wax. The car has 104,000 miles which is pretty low for a 2005 commuter car. So we are hoping that we are able to muster about $4k from Craigslist out of it. It has a few dents but is mechanically perfect and the paint is otherwise in great shape thanks to parking it indoors in Socal all of its ownership.
Here are some more photos, not sure what’s going in the ad yet:
The only real issue currently are the mismatching side mirrors. I ordered another black one from rock auto but I got the wrong one. So I have to send it back for replacement. The car originally came optioned with body colored mirrors but I don’t think people shopping for a 14 year old Honda care much about the option spec list. Mismatching parts would throw red flags to me though so I’m in debate about waiting to list. Might just list it anyways though and blame that as the reason for a delayed sale.
That mirror is trashed anyways which is why replacing it is an easy and cheap way to improve the car’s looks. The other dents aren’t too bad although it certainly detracts from the car being perfect.
That driver door ding is quite the ding. Unlicensed driver had hit the car a few years back and insurance paid a nice sum for uninsured driver but we never got around to fixing it, just pocketing the money instead. Might try some PDR on that door but again, how much will buyers care?
The mechanicals are all that really matter in a commuter which is how I’d like to market it. Why buy a new car when it’s just going to get beat up in LA traffic? This car has modern enough safety features, AC works well, and it easily gets 30mpg in heavy LA traffic. It's also got fun things like a sunroof since it's an EX model so hopefully that will be easier to get our target price. I'm thinking of listing at $4800 and hoping the low ballers feel like they scored a deal at $4k.