I'm Fed Up With People Who Make Zero Effort To Sell Their Cars

It's shockingly common to find used cars being sold with short and vague descriptions, and it makes me mad
I'm Fed Up With People Who Make Zero Effort To Sell Their Cars

It’s inevitable: following Christmas dinner every year, when I’m vegetating on the sofa in a stuffing-induced stupor, I’ll end up browsing the used car classifieds. For me, it’s just as much a tradition as the bad cracker jokes and brussel sprouts. Actually, scratch that last one, sprouts are the work of the devil.

Anyway, during 2017’s Christmas Day classifieds binge, I stumbled upon an incredible advert for an early Porsche Boxster. It had the full spec list. A detailed run-through of all the less-good bits. The dates and mileages for every single service the car’s ever had. The make and model of the tyres it’s currently wearing. Even the kind of oil it had at the last service.

It made me want to call the seller immediately to arrange a test drive. It made the car stand out against all the other low-priced Boxsters out there. And it also made me mad.

I'm Fed Up With People Who Make Zero Effort To Sell Their Cars

Why? Because used car adverts like this are a rarity: few sellers will go far beyond listing some of the spec, the mileage and some very vague description of the condition and service history. It’s shockingly common to see car adverts that are only a handful of words long, and if you venture in the dark world of Facebook ‘For Sale’ pages, it won’t take you long to find someone flogging a car without even saying what model it is or what kind of fuel it uses.

Most bizarre is when a car has been subjected to drastic modifications, but with no detail given by the seller as to what exactly has been done. What parts have been fitted? Who did the work?

It’s perhaps the most irksome when you see dealers only providing a short description of a car, followed by a load of copy/pasted text about how great said dealership is. It is literally their job to sell cars, and yet many suck at it.

I'm Fed Up With People Who Make Zero Effort To Sell Their Cars

Aside from your house, your car is likely to be the most expensive thing you’ll ever sell. So why can’t people put more effort into the adverts? The standard of English doesn’t even matter that much, so long as key details are there like comprehensive service information, when it last had new tyres and what they were, a description of the condition that goes beyond a single word like ‘good’ - you get the idea.

It’s not hard, and it’s not that time consuming, and yet I know that within seconds of firing up the classifieds, I’m going to get annoyed by crap adverts again. Anyone else feel this way?


BenPaye(JDMSquad)(MX5Squad)(LFAsquad)(Subie Squad) (Rotary F

Some people just understand how to SELL a car i guess.

01/07/2018 - 11:01 |
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Learn to cook Brussels sprouts properly and you’ll never be annoyed by anything ever again!

01/07/2018 - 11:10 |
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Wheel Nuts

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Learn to taste properly and you’ll never eat brussel sprouts ever again!

01/07/2018 - 11:29 |
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🇮🇩Mk7Golfer 🇦🇺

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I can cook bircher muesli

01/07/2018 - 23:10 |
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Also, I hate the obsession with mileage - it particularly seems to be more of a thing in the UK

Used car prices seem overly sensitive to mileage. Of course it kind of makes sense why and of course its nothing that the effect of supply and demand, but I wish buyers were more concerned with the actual state of the car, service history and so on, than the number on the odometer. It seems unfair that if someone who drove a car on motorways for 20k miles gets a lower price than someone who did endless hillstarts in city centre traffic jams for 10k miles

01/07/2018 - 11:21 |
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100,000 miles on track with abuse ≠ 100,000 miles of an old lady driving it

01/07/2018 - 11:44 |
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Maybe cars should record total engine revolutions instead of mileage

01/07/2018 - 11:52 |
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You’re from the UK a fair judgement is milage given that 95% of people don’t care about their cars, and I’ve been a man wash a 2017 Range Rover SVR with wire wool…

01/07/2018 - 19:27 |
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Rule of thumb: if something is missing from the advert, the seller is leaving it out for a reason!

01/07/2018 - 11:52 |
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And when you ask for our version of the MOT’s failure sheet, then suddenly “im selling it for my brother idk”

01/07/2018 - 12:09 |
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01/07/2018 - 12:19 |
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That’s because AFAIK…

Trade Sellers: They know it’ll put you off, and they’ll lose their profits.
Private Sellers: Will be unable to get rid of it, and will have to resort to scrapping it.

(Yes, I have returned to CT.)

01/07/2018 - 14:16 |
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Yea, there are a lot of people who don’t care enough.
Hell, my advert, when I was selling my BMX for 150 euros, was more detailed than most of the used car ones.

01/07/2018 - 12:19 |
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I guess sometimes, particularly with shoddily modified cars, the sellers have to sell the car because they need money or their significant others have told them too, and they don’t really want to let it go so they don’t try very hard?

01/07/2018 - 12:45 |
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Or people like this: I know what i have no lowballers or dumb bids bladibla. How bout you stop acting like all of you buyers are idiots. Maybe then you’ll sell your overpriced sh#tbox

01/07/2018 - 13:04 |
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Well some people really hate their car and want to get rid of it as quick as possible

01/07/2018 - 13:31 |
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Best part about brief description sales is no registration in pictures, after a quick scan of it later on viewing: mileage inconsistent with MOT, CAT D etc. You get the point.

Lesson learnt: there should be a brief article about brief description sales, brief description are almost always a scam.

01/07/2018 - 14:22 |
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Freddie Skeates

Matt Robinson Unfortunately, some people just aren’t very clever

01/07/2018 - 16:02 |
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The Canadian 🇨🇦(C350 Squad)(Odyssey Squad)(C

In reply to by Freddie Skeates

yeah, the problem with common sense is that it isn’t common.

01/07/2018 - 18:33 |
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