So, I'm moving next month and will be able to get rid of one of my cars. My 09 Versa is the one I am looking to offload, but after wasting my time with the Autotrader used car marketplace I don't know where to turn next. I'm wondering if any of you have had success in selling on Craigslist or other services I like Carmax?
Basically, the autotrader service was a complete joke. I was quoted $7,900 after imputing in all the minor defects the car has, being a tiny paint chip on the hood, 2 very minor door dings (that can be removed using paintless dent repair) and a dime size piece of missing paint on the middle of the rear bumper from someone backing into me and driving off (thinking about slapping a bumper sticker over it, that way you would never notice until you pulled it off). So, I had to "verify" this offer and took it into an 'authorized dealer", and magically this $7,900 offer turned into a $5,400 offer. Yep, $5,400 because the car isn't "desirable" due to it being a 6 speed and all the "damage" that needs repaired (which was correctly imputed into autotrader, thus the offer of $7,900 I'm assuming), freaking LOVE how places talk down and make it appear that they are doing you a favor by offering you HALF what the car is selling for retail. I actually laughed, thinking this was a joke... I pulled up 2 2009 6 speed Versas on the dealership website before going in and one was selling for $10,800 and the other $10,600 respectively with the same package and 20,000 and 35,000 more miles than the one I'm looking to offload (mine has 22,800). After I refused their offer I walked the lot and saw both Versas, had more paint damage and dings than mine (minus the bumper paint damage).
So, I owe $7,800 and I am not looking to give the car away for less than what I owe, and realistically want to break even and not owe a car payment each month. What is a safe, fast, easy, and more importantly fair way to offload this thing? If I can make a couple hundred dollars and get $8,500 I would be extremely happy considering the car is an 09 with only 22,800 miles and has the remainder of a 100,000 mile Nissan "Gold" warranty.