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Tips for selling a car on Craigslist

Here are some tips for selling a car on craigslist. But first, let me share with you my personal experience with selling Janna’s car on Craigslist. It was a 2000 Honda Passport which Janna had owned before we were married. I never really liked the car that much and I enjoyed teasing Janna that it was actually an Izuzu; it really is, by the way. It was about time for some real work to be done on the vehicle and we needed a vehicle that could seat more and pull more. It sat parked in the backyard for a couple weeks after we bought our 2007 Suburban, then I finally mustered up enough motivation to sell the thing on craigslist. Here’s what I did.

1.) Sign up on craigslist.com – I wouldn’t sell my car on eBay, the fees are too much and you have to work with someone through Paypal thus adding on more fees. Craigslist is free. Free to post, free to browse. Get an account with them so you can post an ad.

2.) Title – If you own the car make sure to have the title in hand. If the bank still owns the car, the transaction will need to take place at the bank where the loan is held. You should call your bank before ever listing your vehicle to know the process. Some banks may not allow this sort of transaction unless you pay the loan off first.

3.) Bill of sale – Some states require a bill of sale. Here’s a template. Don’t forget to print 2 copies, one for you and one for the new owner.

4.) Set a Price – Know the price you want for the vehicle. Do some research on kbb.com and find out what your vehicle is worth. When you list the vehicle on craigslist, always always always list it for more than what your willing to take. I listed the passport for $2800. I wanted at least $2000 and I ended up with $2300. You are going to get haggled down because nobody on craigslist pays full asking price. Remember it’s basically a huge yard sale.

5.) Pictures – Take lots of pictures! I can’t stand looking at a big purchase item on craigslist like a car that has two pictures on the post that were taken with an old school flip phone in the dark. You will not sell your car this way. Because craigslist doesn’t allow you to upload very many pictures (post as many as you can) I suggest opening a flickr account and uploading pictures there, (it’s free) then share the link in the post mentioning that additional pictures can be found there. Here’s my example. Be sure and take pictures of everthing you can think of especially the bad stuff like; chipped paint, dents, stains, and any other sort of damage. You may as well not hide it, they will find out anyway. This ties in well to the next item of business…

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6.) Be honest – As you can see in my craigslist ad, I mention the good and the bad. Really you would not want to be mislead into thinking a car is something vastly different than what an ad led you to believe. Just be overly honest, in fact be more critical of the car than anything, then when they come to see it in person, chances are they will be pleasantly surprised.

7.) Be quick – Have you ever seen an ad that has 3 paragraphs smashed all together with no line breaks or bullets? It’s hard to read! I find myself reading the same line twice sometimes because it’s all so jumbled together. Do your buyer a favor- spend a little time formatting your post and use bullets when possible. Keep on topic, make the post just about the car, no rants.

8.) Meeting place – Be prepared and know where you’ll likely meet them. I like to meet at grocery stores during the day. Most people understand this and are willing to do this. It’s for your safety, you never know.

9.) Cash – I’d suggest including in your post that you only deal in cash. Don’t entertain deals where they make monthly payments to you. You’ll likely end up on Judge Judy in small claims court trying to explain why you were so stupid to make a deal like that with someone you don’t know. She’ll probably call you stupid too by the way.

10.) Take the plate – In most states I think it is common practice for the previous owner to remove the plate. It can then be transferred to your new vehicle. Don’t forget tools to remove the license plate. Here’s what wikipedia says about it…

“When a vehicle is sold, the disposition of the license plates depends on state law and varies by state. In some states, license plates are transferred with the vehicle to its new owner. In other states, the license plates remain with the seller, who may, for a fee, transfer the license plates and any unused portion of the current registration to a new vehicle. Some states issue a new plate whenever the car is sold.”

Shortly after posting the Passport on Craigslist, I received a phone call from someone that was interested. All in all, it took 3 hours from posting the car to having money in my hands. So make sure your ready for that call. Good Luck!

What tips do you have for selling  a car on Craigslist?

Jesse

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Monthly Meal Plan 3

I am on a roll with this monthly meal planning. I love having it all planned out each month and to be able to rotate the months. It saves me time, energy, and my sanity! I hope that you can find some good recipes here to add to your own monthly meal plan.

Soy Sauce Chicken

Hawaiian Pita Pizzas

Tuna Fish Sandwiches

Enchilada Lasagna

Monterey Chicken

Tomato Basil Soup

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken

“Skinny” Taco Casserole

Teriyaki Chicken & Frozen Stir Fry Veggies

Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups

Black Bean & Summer Vegetable Enchiladas

Pepperocini Roast

Roasted Veggies & Couscous

Spaghetti Pizza

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Chicken Ranch Tacos

Crock Pot BBQ

Fish Sticks

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Spaghetti

 

 

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Fun Christmas Crafts

One day while perusing Pinterest, I found several fun Christmas crafts that were on my level of craftiness. (Beginner) First up, this adorable felt Christmas tree. I checked out the link and it took me to a great blog called Apartment Therapy. Cute name, right? While I don’t live in an apartment, I still enjoyed the idea of having a small tree for the kids. This felt tree covered all my bases- small, not in the way, fun, and extremely easy and fast to make with my novice skills.

First, I cut the green felt by folding it in half to make a symmetrical triangle. You only need to buy a half a yard or less. This cost about $2 at my local Hobby Lobby.

Next, I pulled out this package of felt I purchased at the Dollar Tree many moons ago.

I knew it would come in handy one day! If you have any felt scraps lying around, that will do. Just cut them into squares or rectangles to make presents.

And circles or this strange shape that I don’t know the name of to make ornaments.

You can cut little strips to decorate the presents and ornaments if you would like, and hit it with a hot glue gun. No gun? No problem! Keep it simple without the add-ons. That way you can avoid the hot glue strings as you can see in my picture. (Although I heard that a blow dryer can make those strings disappear.)

 

Finally, I put masking tape on the back

 

And voila!

 

My girls love it.

The next Christmas craft I did was made from these four boxes I purchased at the Dollar Tree over the weekend.

If I have not expressed my deep love for the dollar tree enough, let me say it again. I LOVE THAT PLACE. Everything really is just a dollar!

I wanted to put a letter on each box to spell out NOEL, so I fired up the Silhouette machine, chose the ELEPHANT font, and bumped up the size to 288pt.

Bada-boom, bada-bing.

Last but not least, the most time consuming (but still easy) project, was more felt Christmas trees. This time for mommy, not the little girls. I also found this tutorial on Pinterest and decided to make my own.

Dollar Tree had the foam cones, Hobby Lobby had the felt and straight pins, and I started cutting those circles to pin to the cone.

Probably about 60 circles per cone…???…And let me tell you, those circles don’t have to be pretty.

I cut mine 8 layers thick so some of them had jagged edges, or were oval shape but this craft is VERY forgiving and it turned out great! (The circles were about the size of the bottom of a coke can.) 

I used one of the scraps to cover the top of the cone like so.

Next, fold circles in half, then half again, and pin to cone starting at the top.

I skipped out on the glitter spray paint and mounting them on candle sticks. If I get bored with these then I will add the bling to dress them up.

Do you have any more fun & easy Christmas projects for me? I would love to hear about them!

 

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Best Insecticide

Since we moved into our house one thing that we’ve constantly combated was bugs; I needed the best insecticide. We’ve found large spiders also known as wolf spiders, heck we’ve even found scorpions in our bedroom! When you find bugs like these in and around your home it leaves you with a sense of unease. I’ve always been scared of waking up to a bug on my face; luckily that has never happened.

So I did what any sensible new homeowner would do, I called the Orkin man. He came to our house with all sorts of materials, showed us pictures of his family then proceeded to sell us the Orkin pest control service.

He quoted us something close to $50/month; it shocked me at how high the price was. So, I kindly turned him away. He called me several times after that to harass me more about it. I still had a bug problem though so I went to Home Depot and bought myself a sprayer and something off the shelf that claimed to kill bugs, I think it’s called Hot Shot.

I sprayed the house right before we were about to leave town. When we came back, our home resembled more of a bug graveyard than a place where people live.

The results impressed me but I soon found that after only a few weeks we would start to see bugs again. Oh and by the way, the sprayer I bought from Home Depot broke after the first application. After returning the cheapo sprayer I went to the local Tractor Supply and bought their beefier model, it’s worked great since.

I tried a few other products that claimed to last longer but I was getting the same results. After letting the problem simmer for a while I found myself speaking with my brother in-law about the situation. Turns out he used to sell pest control services. It sounds like the same program that sends people to sell alarm systems for a summer. He told me the best insecticide that professional pest control services use, is Cy-kick CS and that it can be bought from several online retailers without a permit.

After reading about it, I found the biggest difference between the stuff I was buying at Home Depot and Cy-Kick CS was that Cy-kick CS is a controlled-release insecticide which means it stays just as potent at the end of the specified time frame it’s good for. The reviews on it are great. I bought a pint from amazon.com for about $40 after shipping. It will be good for about 5 applications at my home.

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So I figure $50/month = $600/yr for Orkin, or Cy-kick CS $40 + sprayer $20 = $60/year= $5/month I’ll choose the latter. Check out how much this would cost after 10 years, crazy!

If you are considering doing your own pest control be sure to follow the detailed instructions that come with the product. I usually don’t read instructions to things because I’m a guy, but this project was something I knew very little about. The instructions tell you how much insecticide to mix per gallon, areas to focus on in and around your home, and health/safety information.

This is one of the many ways we try to cut expenses so that Janna can live her dream of being a stay at home mom. She wrote a great article “How to survive on one income” that outlines some of the many things we do to save money. Good Luck!

What pest control problems have you had? And how did you fix them?

Jesse

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