What's the best market to sell my lemon?
September 16, 2009 4:14 PM Subscribe
How should I go about selling a car with some mechanical issues?
posted by pilibeen to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total)
I've had my Subaru Outback for about 5 years - I've been thinking about replacing it with something more fuel efficient (I really don't need the AWD), compact, and fun to drive.
Within the past few months, some mechanical/electrical issues have been showing up sporadically - which makes me think now is a good time to finally sell it.
The issues are:
1. Possible starter/solenoid problem - sometimes it takes me 5 or more turns of the key to get the engine turning over.
2. Strange shifting issue in low gears - sometimes the car will struggle to throttle up/get out of first gear - even when I'm trying to give it full gas.
These first two issues seem to go away once the car is warmed up.
3. Electrical/security system issue - can't use power locks without triggering alarm system
I also have been driving on mismatched tires for the past couple of years - which I've recently heard is a bad, bad thing with an AWD vehicle.
So, considering all the above - how should I sell this car? Should I go to a dealer, not say anything, and see what they offer? If I try to sell it on Craigslist, advertising all the above issues, am I going to get any decent offers? Is there an another option I'm not considering?