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ehorst 01-06-2011 09:34 AM

best way to sell a high-mileage Jeep GC
With my Overland scheduled to arrive end of this month, I'm now looking to sell my 2001 GC Limited locally (Lancaster, PA). Anyone have advice on the best way to sell a used Jeep? (newspaper classifieds, CraigsList, or one of the online car sites?)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Technosavant 01-06-2011 09:38 AM

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Criagslist is probably the easiest and cheapest, but it's easy to get lost amid the crush of other vehicles there.

I'd just be REAL sure that it's on its way before you put it up for sale if you can't be without the thing for a while. Those scheduled delivery dates aren't always correct.

GC2011 01-06-2011 10:15 AM

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Depending on your location, Craiglist is a good place just list in multiple areas surrounding your location. Also depending on your location and situation park it in a highly visible spot with signs on it.

Depending on what you want for it the other options:

cheap price and super fast sell - carmax
cheap price and quick sell- Ebay
good price and somewhat quick sell -
high price slow sell - autotrader

Forget the newspaper no one looks in the news papers anymore.

To sell a high mileage vehicle some good tips:

Let the price reflect it.
Raise the price and offer a 30 day warranty.
Have the carfax ready and offer it to the buyers.

ehorst 01-06-2011 10:55 AM

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Thanks guys!

mhassler 01-06-2011 11:08 AM

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I sold my '98 ZJ through a forum. I also listed it on craigslist. The purchaser wired me the money, flew into Baltimore/Washington Intl from Seattle, met me in a terminal parking lot and and drove it home.

He was 40-miles from home and rolled it down a snow bank :(

One important tip with any high-mileage vehicle... have all of your service records available to send via e-mail (scan and .pdf them) as soon as requested. Potential buyers do not want to wait around for you to send them service records or additional pictures. Also, say who and how it was driven; my wife's car, 40-mile commute each way, family vactions across country, etc. Also, will it pass your state's inspection? Obviosuly as a PA resident you wouldnt know if it will pass MD or NJ inspection. But you can offer remaining tread life and emissions testing results.

And, what is high mileage? Most people consider 15k/year average. So 135-150k on a 2001 would not be unreasonable.

xmonger 01-06-2011 01:52 PM

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Clean her up, take some pics on snow, and post her up on Craigslist.

Snow sells Jeeps.

G/L with the sale.

Bmwister 01-06-2011 09:57 PM

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GC2011 covered it well and isn't bad. Make sure you have lots of detail high-res picks to send to potential buyers and include underbody shots too especially if it's clean. A good Carfax is a must and, without looking desperate, indicate why it's being sold. Good luck!

Dan JGC 01-06-2011 11:29 PM

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I have sold at least 5 vehicles through The first person to look at each vehicle has bought it except one who didn't think their two large dogs would easily fit in the back of a Grand Cherokee (apparently they hadn't looked at a GL before??? They were a bit flaky.). So I've had good luck with that. The last vehicle I sold was 5.5 years ago so that was kinda before craigslist became so popular.

My sister just sold her big Infiniti SUV in a day on craigslist.

I will say to have the vehicle detailed, take a ton of photos, disclose any flaws, and have other paperwork scanned (or take a photo of the paperwork if you don't have a scanner) to email potential buyers. I have found most buyers will do their homework ahead of time so you'll save a lot of time and hassle by having everything to email.

I may sell my 2005 Jeep GC Limited instead of trading it in...will decide later...and I have all the paperwork including the window sticker.

Good luck.

Lingohocken 01-07-2011 12:26 AM

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Ditto to all that's been advised here. But if it's in exceptional condition -- and you're like my wife, who considers her 1994 GC to be more like a family horse than a pile of iron -- you might consider selling it to someone you know. Ours is in exceptional condition, and folks who know us realize that, so we already have a couple of people drooling to buy it.

No loss in money for us, but this way the old timer will get a good home.

HemiDawg 01-07-2011 08:03 AM

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I have also had good luck with Auto Trader.

ehorst 01-07-2011 08:04 AM

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Thanks guys, I just shot the snow pictures this morning! FYI, "high mileage" in this case is 160k miles in just over 10 years. It's my wife's car, so it's mostly around-town mileage, although we've driving the vehicle to the Rockies (to go rock climbing) each of the last few summers. Anyway, it's a loaded 2001 Limited and in very good shape. I'm thinking I should ask for Kelly Blue Book private seller retail ($5,000)

HemiDawg 01-07-2011 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Bmwister (Post 329775)
and isn't bad.

I believe you meant

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