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Old 10-20-2023, 10:50 AM   #1
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New to the Forum - seeking advice on selling

Trying to sell my step-dad's 2003 Ford EB E350 6.8 V-10 4x4 Quigley. I've had it on for MONTHs. I've had it here in the classifieds for a couple of months. I'm just not getting any bites. How does one go about successfully selling these things?

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Old 10-20-2023, 11:01 AM   #2
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Same way anything sells. Find a price that a buyer will pay.

These are unique vehicles and most banks don't lend to purchase "old, used vans" so your buyer has to have cash.
"Talk is cheap. Whiskey costs money."
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Old 10-20-2023, 11:18 AM   #3
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I don't know if this site charges to list.

I find most of my stuff on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

I think that one is popular but I believe they charge to list.

As mentioned, you can wait for the right buyer for your price, or you can drop it until the price meets the right buyer. Bad time of year to sell in my opinion, and I have a van for sale!
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Old 10-20-2023, 03:27 PM   #4
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I assume this is your van?

If so, surprised it hasnít sold at $38k. The high top is less desirable than a pop-top, and youíre competing with new high-top vans like Sprinters and Transits. But the miles are low, youíre 4x4 and V10, and it looks clean.

Maybe try listing it in Sportsmobileís used site instead of FieldVan? Iím guessing SMB still gets better web traffic due to name recognition and the attendant SEO.
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Old 10-21-2023, 11:17 AM   #5
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Location, location, location. All the meatheads that ever bought out a van I was trying to get were from Utah, Arizona or Nevada. The market isn't as fierce right now but I'd probably put a feeler in local CL locations such as Flagstaff or CO/Utah and be willing to drive there for a serious buyer (non refundable deposit).

Then again it isn't your business - let Papi do the hard work. If he's no longer aboot - easy come easy go - sell it for a better price and possibly get a bidding war. Again - non-refundable deposits.
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Old 10-21-2023, 06:44 PM   #6
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I would list it via Facebook Marketplace. It's free and the eyeballs on your ad will be multitudes higher than Craigslist. Craigslist isn't the powerhouse it used to be 10-15 years ago - Facebook Marketplace has taken that crown.

Additionally, I would suggest (BaT) and Doug DeMuro's Both are auction sites that specialize in oddball, unique vehicles - you can set a reserve auction. I have a friend that had some luck selling via BaT, but I'm not sure what their fee structure looks like. As for carsandbids, the buyer must register their credit card to make an account and they are charged a non-refundable deposit if they win the auction; the buyer also pays a 4% (if I recall) fee, which I believe is the aforementioned deposit.

Your price is competitive, but like others have said, the pool of potential buyers is very small to begin with - not that many people really want a van, even a 4x4 one. Keep in mind that if a buyer could secure a loan, interest rates are high, further cooling the appetite for borrowing money. As mentioned above, the fall/winter is probably not the best time of year to sell. For a lot of people, upcoming travel and expenses are within the next 90 days due to the holidays and it's generally cold outside, so the average person is not daydreaming about camping/hiking outdoors; it's a lot like trying to sell a boat or Jeep during the winter months; the demand isn't as strong as it is in the spring/summer.

I also think the floorplan of your stepdad's van is aimed at a specific buyer. Probably a solo traveler, so that shrinks the buyer pool even more. It's also a '03 V10, the general consensus is the 05+ V10s with the 5r110 5-speed auto transmission are more desirable.

The last big of advice I have is to invest some time and effort in taking some quality high-res photos, in good lighting, in a scenic location. Capture all of the van's features and the blemishes well (this will project honesty). Putting a nice backdrop behind the van (should be easy in northern NM) will do wonders for selling the utility and appeal of a niche 4x4 camper van.

This for sale thread on ExPo is a textbook way to sell a rig like this, IMO:

Best of luck and nice van.
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