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Hey guys. i am looking into selling my nova and getting something alittle older. My nova is a 1974 and has a great body. i have put new quarters on and the rear inner quarter. i have also put brand new stock fenders and nice inner fenders. I haveput new leaf springs and shocks on the car. Also has a brand new gas tank. it is a running car and only needs to be cleaned up under the hood and if u dont like the stock interior that may need to get redone. it runs and drives good put dont forget it is only stock. it has a v8 2 brl with a 3 speed and a 10 bolt rear end (not possi traction). If anyone knows how much this is worth please let me know. I was hoping aroung $3500-$4500. Is this too much.

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Doc here, :pimp:

It is worth only what the market will bare in your area, AND what someone is willing to pay..and what your willing to part with it for..

In my area, (San Francisco) a pre smog Nova in fair to good shape can bring as much as $5000 to $7000 ... but then again we have tough smog laws , and no rust here..and a lot of folk that are willing to spend more than it is worth, just to say "I have one of those"...and it don't need smog".

In a bidding environment, you may reserve it at $2000, and actually get $7000 if you have a pair of bullheaded bidders..but, then again..the deal isn't done until the cashier's check clears the bank either..

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If you put it on e-bay you might get a good response. It doesn't matter if you put a $2K or $5K reserve on it -- you just get to chose whether you want to sell or not if it doesn't meet reserve.

A lot of people won't bid on reserve auctions since there's no way to know if they're wasting their time or not. You might want to put your lowest acceptable price as the reserve. When it gets to "acceptable price" levels and the "met reserve" flag comes on, bidding sometimes heats up, as the car is guaranteed to sell once reserve is met.

I suggest you state something like "I'm looking for the best offer on this car, but put a reserve higher than I expect to sell at so that I don't have to sell should the bid not reach what I consider a reasonable offer. Don't ask for lowest price -- bid what you're willing to pay and I'll consider it." Then start the bidding at say $1000. DO NOT start the bid at the lowest price you'd sell for, and don't reply to people asking price anyway. Those are trolls and scam artists. Anyone seriously interested will read your description and bid. It doesn't hurt to state your reserve price if it's reasonable for the car (close to what similar ones have sold for on e-bay), and that you'll seriously consider close bids if it doesn't meet reserve.

Starting the bid to high (say at your lowest acceptable selling price) usually means few bids. People are looking for a bargain, or at least the chance at one. then they get caught up in the bidding, or decide that the object is more desireable/valuable than they originally thought once others start bidding on it.

There are lots of strategies for auctions on e-bay. Some work, some don't. The only thing I know for sure is that low bid/high shipping costs are a big turn-off for most, and starting high bids on cars that aren't worth much more than that starting price (and sometimes not that much!) won't get many bids. Getting a lot of bidding action will usually garner the higher price. And another thing you have no control over -- a object located in a highly populated area will generate a lot more bidding than one located out in the sticks. If you're an hour or two from a populated area and are willing to transport the car to that area in order to sell as part of the sell price, list it as being in the bigger city. That will help a lot! It's exagerrating a little, but if someone asks the question tell them the truth -- you listed it as from there as you're willing to transport to that area for free, and figured there would be more buyers. I don;'t think you're breaking any e-bay rules, and the car WILL be in that area for the buyer to pick up.
 
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