TTAC Commentator Horseflesh writes:
My query for Piston Slap is simple: What is the best way for an ordinary Joe to sell a car? And by “best” I mean, “returning the greatest amount of the car’s value for the least hassle.” You see, I am about to come into possession of my grandmother’s 2005 Buick Park Avenue–low miles, great shape, only driven on Sundays, etc. While the boat will be fun to pilot for a few weeks, I won’t be abandoning my beloved 2000 Impreza 2.5 RS for it. Sooner or later, the Buick will have to go. I am afraid that if it gets too close to my Scooby they will annihilate each other in a burst of exotic particles.
It’s not for everyone, but earning the highest purchase price for your Buick is the domain of Craigslist. Trade-ins aren’t gonna work, CarMax isn’t your friend. And what other popular classified publication on the Internet is…wait for it…absolutely free?
And a traditional GM front-wheel drive V6 sedan (Detroit state of the art in 1984) is the right car for many buyers. You can’t go wrong with a proven (if crude) powertrain that lives forever with proper upkeep, plus a decent amount of style from that somewhat-classic body and afterthought portholes. Yes, the interior is a far cry from yesteryear’s Buicks, but it still has a cool name. More to the point: it’s desirable to certain car nuts.
Late model low-riders: especially the neoclassic renaissance known as the Swanga. Some are customized in the sedate (sedate?) manner of a pre-war Packard, others go louder/prouder like a Talbot-Lago. No matter, the insane wire wheels, retro grilles and chrome accents are pure Americana, with a Houston Twist. And my goodness, Buicks seem to rule the roost.
I’m not a lover, and I’m not a hater. Quite frankly, a Swanga Buick is far more appealing than the bean counted stocker from whence it came. There’s something about going Neoclassic on a late model Buick (or a Chevy Monte Carlo) that just…works. You can’t pull this shit off in a Camry, son.
Your neighbor’s 16-year-old might bite, but don’t be surprised if you get more hits from the Swanga crowd. So ask about $10,000 for your Buick on craigslist. Post lots of pictures, host them remotely, list the vehicle’s good and bads as you see them. If it has a moonroof, clean interior and plenty of service records, I wouldn’t lower the price for months. Because areas that unconditionally love GM Sedans will find your car on craigslist.
Bonus! A Piston Slap Nugget of Wisdom:
And you thought Buicks were only popular in China? That’s what makes America so awesome, we like everything. And even if we don’t all appreciate the same thing, believe this: no matter your socioeconomic background, our collective appreciation of that Federal Green brings us together. It helps us buy or sell damn near anything for good money.
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