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The 4 Dumbest Ways to Sell your Car (That Just Might Work)

Posted on: July 14, 2015 by renegade

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Failing to attract any buyers? It’s time to get creative.

There are many ways to sell your car. But let’s be honest, most of them are pretty formulaic. It’s a tried and tested method that works for most people in the end.
That hasn’t stopped people going to some unique lengths to sell their used cars. Let’s have a look at a few of the more ‘imaginative’ (read: dumb) car adverts on the internet:


One man decided to make this amazing action-packed trailer to help sell his banged up 1999 Holden Barina. Within a week, he had received over one million views worldwide, as well as hundreds of thousands of offers over social media. This may seem like the best way to sell your car ever, but judging by the production value he must have spent more on making the video than he will ever make selling the car.

Awesome right? Unfortunately, as this video was made by advertising guru David Johns it seems like this was just a bad-ass publicity stunt. The car was sold to NRMA Insurance, who donated the proceeds to charity.
This is what they did with the Barina:

2000 Toyota Corolla

On the other end of the spectrum, this guy makes a hilarious low-budget advert for his Toyota Corolla. There’s no flashy camera shots, sunglasses and car crashes here, just one average guy, his mate and his “grandmother white” Toyota. You have to admire his honesty: “It won’t turn heads, but it will turn right.. and left”.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold. ‘Seems like a lot of wasted effort but they get extra points for style!

‘A dustbin with seats’

Image source: http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/12/fathers-ridiculously-honest-ebay-advert-for-his-sons-car-5019360/

A UK dad was fed up of his son’s mistreatment of his battered old Renault Clio so decided to put it up on eBay, along with its hilariously frank life story.
Here’s an excerpt of the car’s description on its eBay listing – would this put you off or would you be persuaded by the honesty?
“This car belonged to my 19 year old son, who now has a new car. I can only apologise for the state of it, clearly he will treat his new one the same. OK, the passenger side has a large dent on it where my son tried to climb the corner of my house…. “He would have washed it occasionally, but said “not really worth it now is it dad”, as its got a big dent on!!!”
He describes the cars premier features such as its extra storage space… “The rear of the car is in fact a large dustbin for discarded fruit, and McDonald’s, not for carrying passengers, but still he says he’s loving it!!!
And the state of the transmission… “the clutch is now slipping, again he did not know this, as loud music is the preferred thing, and could not hear it slipping, just wondered why it took him longer to get up a hill!!! Still there is enough clutch left to get you home, I think?”
At least when you get it home you know you aren’t in store for any surprises. It seems this dad’s honesty paid off – the car sold with 41 bids for £160.

This Colorado Craigslist ad

Free Car? That’s a good start! Who’s going to turn down a deal like that? Let’s have a read and see what car we’re getting.

Image source: http://jalopnik.com/the-ten-weirdest-craigslist-car-ads-ever-made-1077789576

“At least I think it’s a car. It’s been buried under the dirt road that goes out the back of my property since I bought the place. Attempted to bury it in wood chips but it keeps reappearing every spring. I don’t think anyone’s in it but I’m not sure. Mafia people did used to live around here. You’ll need a bobcat to dig it out and a heavy wrecker/trailer to tow it away. Bonus – there may be another one further down my road, and a squashed fibreglass boat. Not sure if they run or even have engines. Tires are definitely flat. So are the cars/boat. Please fill in the holes on your way out”.
Err…. Sorry, but I think I’ll pass on this one mate – I don’t own a Bobcat.

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