Originally Posted by R608
OP - I completely get your frustration, but don't let the one experience deter you from selling privately again. I've sold a car on Craigslist along with a set of wheels and other parts and accessories for my old VW via online forums, all with no problems. I think if you put the right information in your ad, and ignore brainless responses, you should be able to complete your sale just fine. A few thoughts:
- If your price is firm, say so. If possible, have similar items that you can point the buyer to as proof that your price is fair.
- If it's wheels and tires you're selling, put the tire size and wheel specs in the ad, let them know what car(s) you know they will work on, and state right in the ad that they likely fit other makes and models also, but it's up to them to confirm compatibility *before* they contact you. If they don't, ignore them.
- For car parts and anything else where there's apt to be an enthusiast following, I'd much rather sell via forums like this one than deal with local classifieds or craigslist. I think you just have a better chance of getting good buyers.
- It was nice for you to offer, but I'd be extremely reluctant to go changing anyone's wheels like that. I wouldn't want to be on the hook for damage to the buyer's car if anything went wrong. I'd rather deliver the wheels to the buyer's house, possibly bringing someone with me for safety's sake, or to a dealer/repair shop and let the buyer worry about getting them on. If that's really enough to lose a potential buyer, so be it.
I did have the tire size listed in the add, and I stated specifically that these wheels fit BMW 3 series from 1998-2012 except 335i. I also listed the other size BMW tires that these ones could replace like 205/50/17 and 225/45/17 etc. I guess I should have put a note in the listing saying they WON'T fit any other cars.
Generally if I am going to sell something, I will use our bulletin board at work first. Unfortunately I had no luck at work - there are not a lot of people with a 3 series I guess. I did sell some Mini Cooper tires through work and it was a completely different experience when you can trust the person buying from you.
I would have loved to sell them on a forum like this, but unfortunately I doubt there are a lot of members here in my area.
Also I love this board - I basically just had to rant a bit because I was so annoyed, and I get a ton of great responses!