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Archives for February 2014

Tips to Selling Your Car on Craigslist

Tips to selling your car on craigslistDo you shop Craigslist? Do you sell on Craigslist? It’s a popular site that may not be for everyone, but it definitely appeals to those who like to buy and sell items and find great deals.

If you have taken a look the classified ads in your state or  local papers recently, you may have noticed a decline in the numbers of ads that used to fill that section. Internet classified ads, especially on Craigslist, give everyone the opportunity to post their own ads for free, which is appealing. Sites like Craiglist give you more control over your listing, and allow faster changes when necessary. (If something went to print, it’s at least a couple days or a week before you can make changes, and whatever has already been published is out there, in potential buyer’s hands, with less updated information.

It is easier than ever to sell your used car or truck, but there are some ways that you can improve your ad, and maybe make more money in the process. If you do like to use Craiglist to sell items, here are a few simple tips to help you get the most out of the site.

First, set your price wisely. Are you great at haggling? Set it a little higher than you might think it is worth, and let your deal making skills work for you. If you don’t want the hassle of bargain seekers, make sure that you declare clearly in your ad that your price is firm. The choice is yours; you set the tone for the ad.

One of the biggest mistakes that Craigslist sellers commit is posting poor photos on their ad. It only takes a little time to take a set of attractive photos of your car or truck, even with a basic cell phone. All you need is a clean car and a little extra time, but it can add up to a much higher selling price for your vehicle. Be sure to include a variety of interior and exterior photos highlighting what you want your buyer to know.

Another mistake to avoid is sloppy writing. A quick look through Craigslist is enough to make any English teacher ill, but with a little extra time and proofreading you can make your ad stand out. You don’t even need to be an expert writer. One way to catch a buyer’s attention is to create a short introduction, then add a few categories with bullet point lists to highlight the basics of what you want them to know. Check out some professional car sales sites to see what they include in their ads, and customize their format for your needs.

Finally, you want car buyers to be able to contact you easily, while avoiding the ugly side of Craigslist. Many people choose to only be contacted through email, but this can limit the responses you will receive. Another option (to use with caution) is to list your phone number, but be aware of people calling, emailing or texting from outside of the area, or those who want to arrange a sale through a third party. Trust your instincts, and if you don’t think someone is a legitimate buyer, wait for the next call.

Do you use Craiglist to buy and sell? This article only covers a few strategies to get you on your way, but like all things, the more frequently you use Craiglist, the more techniques you’ll learn. What tips would you add to this list?


Teaching New Drivers About Tires

teaching new drivers about tiresGetting your first drivers permit at age fifteen (in Minnesota) is a big deal. Teachers, parents, and driver’s education instructors spend a lot of time teaching the basics of how to drive, laws, and safety. The care of tires and other vehicle maintenance related issues are important to  start teaching as well, as we prepare young drivers for a lifetime of safe driving. Drivers needs to be aware of potential issues with owning and operating a vehicle, as well as be prepared to handle a variety of circumstances. From prepared winter driving, to oil changes and spare tires, remember to cover all the basics with new drivers.

Things You Want to Remember When Teaching New Drivers

  1. Where the drivers manual is located. Seems simple, but do young drivers even know something exists and why they’d need it?
  2. Important numbers: License plate, VIN, Insurance Policy, Drivers/Permit license number, AAA
  3. The importance of oil changes and how often, including where you go for this.
  4. The importance of proper tire inflation and tread, as well as rotation schedule. (The TireZoo has two locations to better serve you in Bloomington and Anoka, MN)
  5. Where the spare tire is located. Do they know how to get it out?
  6. What to do in case of a flat tire or engine trouble while driving.
  7. If you have a preferred auto mechanic, does your new driver know the name, business, and phone number?
  8. Winter survival kit, blankets, and other important items for winter driving.
  9. How to open the hood of the car.
  10. How to disarm/shut off the car alarm.

What would you add to this list? There is a lot of things to remember when first learning to drive. The more things that can be healthy and safe habits from the start, the better driver the person will eventually become. If you need help with tires, let us know. We’ll be happy to help you stay safe on the road.

How Prepared Are You for Winter Road Trouble?

Winter weather survival car kit ideas in this video are explored and explained. He reviews lots of options and reasons for having the items in your vehicle.