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Hot Rods Why can't I sell my Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mr. Mac, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,083


    One of the biggest problems with selling a hot rod is that our community is rather small. We go to a big show such as a Goodguys or NSRA regional show and maybe 4000 cars there and think how big the hobby is and how everyone has a hot rod. You need to step back and think about things and realize that a small town with 5000 population probably has over 3,000 cars ( just a guess) that people need to get back and forth to work, ect. Our car are cars that are extra and not needed by most people.
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  2. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,334

    from Spring tx

    My advice, worthless as it may be... Hold for spring and summer, its not a winter car.... Christmas, tax season are almost on us... Only buyers right now are business owners looking to write off a purchase as advertising etc... I do agree if you need to sell faster than slower, ebay may be the gamble... Its a cool lil T... Market for T's is soft these days.. Model As have taken the place of the cheap 32 game. T sales, its finding the right person who lives in the right climate.... Down here not many run roadsters due to its fin hot and sunburn city... Also remember the muscle car craze that has been going on the last few years pulled people away from the vintage stuff a bit that were the "come latelys" Just be realistic that selling a car like that is not a quick sale... Stock one running driving 10k car would sell faster probably since there is alot of banger guys... hotrods are finding the right ass for the seat... took me 6 months of having my car listed to sell, so don't get discouraged too easily...
  3. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,186


    Want to go drag racing ? Trade you for my Avatar. It has a brand new yet to be finished 334 stroker motor.
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  4. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,446

    rd martin
    from indiana

    as above, all good sugestions, i would give ebay a shot, i have had good luck on there. its not winter everywhere, but the season has slowed down, for most of the states. if you could wait until spring, it would be a bigger group looking for something like that. 15000 is very fair. i think ebay would be your best shot even now. you mite hit and over seas bidder. i sold one that went to new zealand. wasnt a big deal. the buyer handled evetything.
  5. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,446

    rd martin
    from indiana

    ebay, start the bidding at 15000.
  6. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,259


    I second or third the need to remove all the BTTT's from your ad. Just delete every one of those posts. They make it look desperate. And when you bump it again make sure to delete the previous one.
  7. I got an idea that even though the price seems fair enough that you are trying to sell a car that isn't a real popular car with the masses. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with a bucket T, just that they are not as popular as say a '40 coupe.
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  8. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 1,936

    Mr. Mac

    Wow! I didn't think I would get this big of response from my thread. You guys have been very helpful with your ideas wish I could answer all of them but my hand would fall off from typing. I have tried some of the sites that you suggested with no luck. As far as the Big guy wording I'm just being honest. My son is 6'2' over 200 and can drive the car but he looks a little odd :Dand not very comfortable. THANKS so much for your input.
  9. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,198

    from Nicasio Ca

    Advertise it somewhere that's not a bunch of old farts with too much stuff already. :)
  10. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    I would think the market share for T Buckets is extremely small. Not very practical, without creature comforts and definitely not a long distance cruiser. One of those cars much cheaper to buy then build.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2019
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  11. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,423


    I took the liberty of looking at your profile and see that you've been a HAMB member since 2005. You've built several cars and you've been into hot rods since the early '60s. That makes you somewhere close to my age. I have looked at your car every time I get on here and tried to figure out how to get rid of my two projects without losing my ass on them and still be able to buy yours. I've done the same thing with @HRPs shoebox. I've come to the conclusion that my and my wife's deteriorating health isn't going to allow me to enjoy getting in the wind with my 27 and it's seriously limiting what I'm able to do with my 46 Merc. If I could get rid of them without losing my ass I could buy yours or @HRP's shoebox and if there was something about either one I didn't care for, it would be easier to change it to my style than start from scratch. I'm sure I'm not the only person interested in your car. Someone wants your car, you will sell it.
  12. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,593


    Mac, have you tried the National T Bucket Alliance (NTBA)?
  13. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 3,483

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    I'd ride with him, cause i ain't got $15,000 lmao! I'll help load if you'll buy me a burger :D
  14. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,897


    You also have to realise that generally, open cars don't sell well at the best of times. Mine has been on the market two years, difference is....I don't really care if it sells, I enjoy driving it. I knew that when I put it up for sale. DSC05889.JPG DSC05890.JPG
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  15. You've played it down way too much, "big guys won't fit" why won't it sell etc. Play it up, Very traditional Grabowsky styled "T", fast reliable, draws attention at all the car shows, fun to drive. Could not build it for this price etc.
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  16. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,952

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I've lowered the price and still no response. The market for quality cars seems to have softened. I've had them for sale for so long I'm thinking of giving them away and taking a charitable deduction? If not my wife can get rid of them on my estate sale.
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  17. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,900

    from Raytown Mo

    Very nice niche car that your trying to sell during “buyers season”

    I wouldn’t change a thing about it and it’s priced right. The guys saying tax season sell time are dead on. I also feel with the further publication and showing of the restored kooki car you may get some more interest.

    have you tried Facebook marketplace? Seems to be a lot of stuff being sold on that?

    id say your just waiting for the right season/buyer that’s all.
  18. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,575


    That car is so tempting. Would have to sell stuff to make room and override nonsense about practicality.
  19. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,485


    I have the money. I just don't want one.
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  20. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,135

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    The market is in the Shitter.
  21. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,930

    from norcal

    Maybe everyone is to big for it.....
  22. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,773

    Jalopy Joker

    "just" buyer and yourself need to be in the right place a t the right time - no guaranteed way for that to happen - as yourself, and others, have had a ad here for many months that got over 7,500 hits with no takers - wish I could have charged $1 per viewing and I literally could have given it away - ended up selling to a guy in the East that somehow found my craigslist ad in California - one ride sold within a couple of hours of putting sign in and just driving to hamburger joint - never know ---- as a side story about being in the right place at the right time: Saturday I drove about 2 hours to a town where I used to live. Did a couple of things, then went to Post Office. In PO I ran into a long time buddy that I only see once per year at a big local car show - what were the odds of us being in the exact same place as the exact same time?
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  23. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,685


    I’d buy it. But, it would cost me $15 grand and 1/2 of everything I own

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  24. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 374


    Don't know where all you have it listed but I think that's a fair price. I'd bring it to as many local shows as you can. A lot of guys go to shows that don't have car but then get the hot rod bug while looking at all the cars there. I sold my Model A Tudor to a guy like that. He had a bunch of hot rod buddies that met every Sunday morning and he wanted to join in on the fun. $15K is pretty cheap entry into the hobby for a done, driving car (I'd put for sales sings on it at $16.5K so you have some wiggle room to get your money).
    Drive it around with for sale signs on it too. The more exposure the better.
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  25. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 1,936

    Mr. Mac

    Well, You might have a point there.:rolleyes:
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  26. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,409

    Barn Hunter

    I wouldn't change a it as is. I was a little put off about big guys won't fit. I'm probably about your sons size. I would delete that from the ad. I think it's the best deal in that price range.
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  27. Jay59chevy
    Joined: Dec 10, 2019
    Posts: 28


    Also if you were to stick it out until people start getting their tax returns (aka hot rod money) you will probably have a better chance of selling to the guy that cant afford it on his current salary.

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  28. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,936

    from Iowa

    First, there is a pretty narrow group that is into buying T buckets of any kind. Second, it's a "copy" of sorts and many people don't like copies. They want originality. That makes your market even smaller. No creature comforts, best for short range driving or local shows. There are a lot of potential reasons it won't sell.

    I don't think it's the workmanship or price, I just think it appeals to an extremely small part of the buying public. It's a buyer's market right now and you will just have to find that one buyer that needs to own it.

    I think the auction idea is best, set your reserve and see what happens.

  29. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,354

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    It’s kind of a niche market. To most people it’s just another T-bucket.
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  30. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,553


    Remove the flames, paint it all blue. Put on chrome reversed wheels with black wall tires.. Look for a truck shifter like they used to use back then..
    That hot rod has a lot going for it, the Chevy 283, the trips, the beehive etc.. Make it more competition looking..

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