After eight and a half years, I'm considering getting a new truck. My current one is sitting at the end (beginning?) of the driveway with a "for sale" sign on it. I'm asking $3,000 more than what the dealer is offering. From what I see advertised in the papers for a used truck, what I'm asking for is a steal. Man, the mark-up car dealers get is unreal!

The trouble is two-fold. One, I don't get much traffic on my county road. Two, it's a hassle to self-sell. But I'm trying to be patient. That's more than I can say for the Toyota dealer that's trying to sell me that new truck. Pressure, pressure. Little wonder I've waited so long before hassling with all this. I won't go into details, but I'm sure my blood pressure is elevated.  To be continued.

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Comment by Luara on December 16, 2012 at 7:01pm

great, I've sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist.  Watch out for the ripoff "replies", they have examples of typical ones on Craigslist. 

I don't get replies from scammers any more because I say in the ad, include (some special word you make up) in a reply email.  If the Special Word isn't in a reply, my email filter treats it as spam.  This screens out bots, and the scammers use bots.

Comment by Mike Zacharias on December 15, 2012 at 2:26pm

I do sell vehicles up here in Canada. On average you can get more selling it privately. Whenever you trade in they take into account reconditioning costs and what the average selling price for a vehicle your age is going for(or black book) Toyota trucks in general do have a higher MSRP. As for the high pressure I am sorry to hear that. It's really annoying for customers to have to deal with. I did my research on what dealers in my city didn't operate  that way and got a job there. As for markup, I know on new we have a 4%(depending on the dealer) markup on used it can be about 5-6%(also depending on the dealer) which gives some negotiating room for the customer and dealer. 

Hope that helps a bit,

Best of luck!

Comment by jay H on December 15, 2012 at 1:12pm
Check the edmunds.com site for advice both for selling and for buying.
Comment by Luara on December 15, 2012 at 12:14pm

how about Craigslist?

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