Yesterday I sold my car to a used car dealership. It was a 2014 Ford Fiesta hatchback with 70,500 miles on it. Just last week I had my auto shop do a ton of mechanical repairs on it. They had to replace some mechanical belt thing and they had to change my coolant and they replaced the battery and did an oil change and all the repairs I did cost $1400. And two months before that I did my (belated) 60K mile tunee up. And I’d even had leather seats installed.
Yet I’d brought it to that used car dealership for a quote before and they said they’d only give me $4000 for it. So I went in yesterday and they said “Well your front tires are worn out so we’re only going to offer you $3000 because we have to pay to replace your tires. And that’ll cost us a lot of money.” So I agreed to $3000, assuming they meant new front tires would cost like $1000.
So today I looked at their website and my car is already listed for sale on there and it still has its original front tires. And I looked up tire prices and they could’ve replaced the front tires for $50-$80 per tire. So it only would have cost them $100-$160 to replace my front tires, not $1000.
I want to call them tomorrow and tell them to give me the extra $1000. I doubt they will but my plan is to notify them I looked up tire prices and found out new front tires would only cost $50 per tire and I know they lied to me about it costing $1000 plus I’m going to tell them I can tell my car still has its original tires in the picture on the website. They’ll probably claim they haven’t replaced the tires yet but are gonna get around to it.
I think they lied by saying they’re going to replace the front tires, and even if they do it’ll only cost $100. Do used car dealerships actually replace front tires? Either way they ripped me off by only giving me $3000. I could’ve not accepted the deal but I was in a rush and just wanted to get it over with. And car dealers are experts at bamboozling you.
UPDATE: I posted the original post on Tuesday. So I called the dealership yesterday (Wednesday) and talked to one of the employees and they had the manager call me back today (Thursday) and he said he’ll sell my car back to me for the price I paid for it ($3000.) So he’ll give it back to me. So that worked out. And I’ll try to sell it independently for like $7000. People are cheap though so I doubt I’ll be able to get more than $4000 for it even if I sell it on my own, ha.
Which leads to another question: Best site to independently sell your car? Should I list it on Autotrader? Definitely not Craigslist, I know that, haha. On Craigslist people will be like “I’ll take it off your hands for free and you can pay me $50 for driving out to your place to pick it up.” I hate Craigslist.