You do not have to search very long to find a plethora of Corvette classified websites online. Of course there are always the Autotraders and Craigslists of the world, but a wide number of micro-sites dedicated specifically to the sale of Corvettes can be also be found. Many of them charge anywhere from $19 to $49 for you to post a car listing and will continue to list the car until it sells. However, the big question is: Do these sites work? We’ll take a look at several things to consider and offer some options/alternatives that will help turn your Corvette into cash.
THE POSITIVES OF ONLINE CORVETTE CLASSIFIED WEBSITES
1. Hard to Find Vettes Can Pop Up on These Sites
Some of the greatest rare Corvette finds have come from obscure classified listings on sites like VetteFinders.com or UsedCorvettesForSale.com. Not everyone with a prisitine Vette in their garage is an internet guru and can often land on a random classified site when they go online to sell their beloved muscle car. These sites can turn up the random gem and for that reason cannot be entirely discounted.
2. Most Individual Sellers Love Their Car and Took Care of It
As opposed to dealers, who are mainly interested in turning over inventory, a private seller is more likely to cherish and baby their car so that it remains in terrific condition. Additionally, the quality and completeness of a listing on a classified site coupled with the quality of the pictures can tell you a great deal about the owner. On larger sites you get generic images and standard data about the cars. This approach can often mask the care that was (or was not) given to the car during its previous ownership. With classified sites, this is not usually the case.
3. You Mostly Deal With Individuals Instead of Businesses
This really goes on the further support the point above, but dealing with an individual can have many benefits over dealers. You get the personal touch and understanding that often is lost in the business world of used car sales. Most old school shoppers prefer this personal approach and the opportunity to wheel-and-deal.
THE NEGATIVES OF ONLINE CORVETTE CLASSIFIED WEBSITES
1. Outdated Listings Can Clutter Your Search
This may be the single biggest detractor when looking for a Corvette using a classified site. Many of the sites offer programs where cars will remain listed until they sell. What does this mean for the shopper? It means a site clutter with cars, with some possibly off the market months ago. If the individual who listed the car does not take action to maintain or update the listing, you can end up with lots of bad listings. Bigger sites can avoid this, but the smaller classified sites are awful about it!
2. Low Website Traffic – Terrible Interfaces
Let’s face it, many of the online classified sites were slapped together over the course of a couple days and very much look it. Ugly sites with a terrible user interface do not produce traffic or buyers. This obviously diminishes the value of such a site.
3. Incomplete Car Information In Listings
With the human interaction required to post to a classified site, you often get bad information. Couple this with incomplete data in the listings and you have a buying experience that leaves much to be desired. This has obviously been the case since the early days of classified listings in newspapers, so the new online marketplace has not solved the problem.
In conclusion, while online classified sites may have some bearing in the marketplace, they are quickly losing favor which shoppers. Car buyers are continually turning their eyes towards professional sites that offer a greater selection, a quality interface, and better car buying tools. While classifieds were a great option in the 70’s and 80’s, the internet and instance access have made the listings somewhat obsolete. Even moving the old format to the internet has proven to be a flawed approach. As a car buyer or seller, we suggest using the tools available to you and embracing the great features that alternative sites have to offer. If you must, the trusty classified sites are always available to you as a fallback.
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