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Describing your vehicle's condition
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Describing the condition of your vehicle is especially important to close the deal with a buyer. Be as accurate and complete as possible so the buyer can bid and buy with confidence.

Creating accurate descriptions

When describing the condition of the vehicle, it helps to think like a buyer. What information would you want to know about a vehicle? Be as accurate and complete as possible.

Here are some examples you might use when describing the vehicle:

  • Exterior

    "The car has a noticeable dent on the passenger side behind the door."

    "The paint has faded on the hood and roof."

    "A small chip is visible in the lower right portion of the windshield."

  • Engine and mechanical

    "The muffler sometimes has a noticeable rattle during idle."

    "The windshield washer spray valve is not functioning."

    "My mechanic recommends updating the shocks and struts."

  • Interior

    "The seats have noticeable wear, including a stain on the driver's seat."

    "This is a non-smoker vehicle."

    "The passenger power seat adjustment doesn't recline."

Selecting the vehicle condition

When listing your vehicle, you'll need to select its condition.

  • Select New if you're a dealer or other sales agent of the manufacturer offering the vehicle for original sale.

  • Select Used if the vehicle has been owned by you, another individual, or by a business, even if it has low mileage or is from the current model year.

  • Select Certified pre-owned if the vehicle is used but also has been inspected, refurbished, and certified by a manufacturer or other certifying authority.

Specifying the number of cylinders

Although it's not required, we recommend that you specify the number of cylinders in the engine.

If you're not sure how many cylinders your car or truck engine has, you can find out in several ways:

  • Check your vehicle owner's manual. Try looking in the index for cylinders or engine specifications, or check the vehicle specifications section of the manual.

  • Check your vehicle registration or automobile insurance declaration form. These documents often include the number of cylinders.

  • Ask your local car dealer or mechanic.

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