See, i know those prices might seem/be optimistic, but thats because your all comparing to what something, maybe similar, sold for on ebay
The trouble is, you're all in a mind set, and still, unbelieveably, value your cars at the same price they were selling for years ago.
why do the escorts, mini's, beetles and campers etc sell for so much more, because thats what the owners, JOINTLY, ask for them, and for no other reason, FACT!
Ebay? don't get me started!
i've sold cars on ebay for years, ever since doing the whole Japanese Import market thing donkeys ago, and as an advertising media, it cannot be beaten, its is seen by millions, but as a method of realising an items real value back into money, reliably, generally you can forget it!
theyre are a few types of people who buy on ebay, and they are mostly, the bargain hunter, like most of us, we are trying to buy something for less than we know it will cost us in the high street store, or in this case, the car retailer,
the chancers, these people trawl the low start no reserve adverts with next to no bids on them in the hope they will actually win a Rolls Royce Phantom for £1.02! they don't even want the Rolls Royce, but will buy ANYTHING if its cheap enough, but as soon as the bidding gets above a tenner, their name dissappears off radar, funny that?
the drunks and the messers, these are hilarious!
this is the bloke that comes in after a skinful on a saturday night, the miss's is already pretending to be fast asleep in bed so he keeps his kebab greased paws to himself, so he creeps back downstairs to sneak the laptop on for a crafty peek at some Boobies, and ends up on Ebay, reliving his youth, back when his miss's actually liked him, 4 stone lighter and full of promise, and he spots a blurry Sud, thinks it would be a good idea, asks stupid questions, or even gets brave and places a bid,
now if he wins, you likely don't hear from him for at least a few days, because he's got to grow a pair and tell his miss's, now absoloutely fuming because when he did finally come upstairs he pee'd in her shoes, that he's managed to win a car on ebay, but don't worry, its really cheap darling and we can't lose,
but then when you do hear from the now castrated hubby, he will make his excuses that his 4 year old pressed the button accidentally whilst he was just looking at random cars, its pure coincidence that it was at 3 in the morning after being kicked out the casino! when really his miss's has simply said NO, you owe me new shoes and a kitchen!
then there are the sharks, lurking around in the background, they won't show their hand or bid too early, they will snipe in the last seconds, making the most of their 50mb internet connection and fibre optic broadband speed,
some they win, some they lose, they really don't care, but if they win, its ususlly very cheap, and they are already rubbing their hands at the thought of the profit they had previously worked out can be gained from breaking it all up for parts, or throw a gallon of filler and t-cut at it and relist it the following weekend, in the hope that drunken hubby finds it and throws a stupid bid on it!
the general perception of used items, including cars, is that if they are on ebay, they are so as a last resort, it wouldn't sell the ususal way for some reason, and/or there is something wrong with it, and an anonymous auction of a car so far away the buyers aren't likely to come and see it first is the only way to get rid of it, so it HAS TO BE REALLY CHEAP to take a chance on it.
like i said at the beginning, this is my experience of many years of selling vehicles on ebay, which, especially when pistonheads started charging for their adverts, has only got so much worse too.
if you're going to list on ebay, know this,
you're not going to achieve the best price possible without really really trying very hard with an excellent advert that will eventually be seen by a serious customer who is on the same page as you, you have to weed out the idiots.
or you simply use it as an advertising medium only, weed out the idiots again, and you don't actually expect to sell it on there, but you hope you get the point across to someone who will take the time to come and see what youre selling, and you do a decent deal on the drive.
this is ideal because you also then don't lose another couple of hundred quid in fee's and wasted time!
so, to summarise my rant, what you see something sell for, or advertised on ebay for, bares little to absoloutely no reflection of an items value whatsoever, it is simply that folk have become accustomed to looking on there for a guide/misguide as to what other people are doing, wrongly!
So, who are we to say the sud and sprint prices are wrong?
and isn't it much better to take this dealers opinion on the scarcity of these cars, and their value accordingly, as a positive thing, and not something that should be picked at or ridiculed!
no wonder our cars end on ebay, bid on by drunken hubby pee'ing on his miss's shoes............
feeling much lighter now!