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Classic Car Parts - How to Sell Them?!?

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Hello! 

I am currently trying to sell a very large collection of classic car parts and am having no luck.  The price is extremely low due to the fact that I need to sell them as soon as possible.  I am returning to school and no longer have the time or space for them.  

 

 I have a huge variety of parts from many different manufacturers.  Some of the manufacturers include, MoPar, Hudson, Delco Remy, Ford, and many more.  Here is a list of a small fraction of the types of parts in the inventory; Gauges (fuel, amperes, oil), Horn caps, Hood Ornaments, Bumper Guards, Switches (many switches), Lenses (tail lights, headlights, parking lights), Bezels (tail lights, Headlights, parking lights), Gaskets, Emblems, Cylinder Heads, Cylinder Kits, Cylinder Repair Kits, Voltage Regulators, Mirrors, Horn Rings, Pedals (gas and brake), Gas Caps, Grease Caps, Handles (door, window cranks, trunk — lots of handles), Tail Light Assemblies, and much much more!

 

***Most of the parts have been stacked in old Coca Cola plastic crates, while others have been put on pallets.  The plastic crates alone are worth $5 to $10 a piece and there are over 500 crates included in the lot.

 

 

The parts are unorganized, some of the parts are labeled with markers or tags, but the majority have not yet been identified.

 

*** Please Note *** I have organized about 20% of the inventory and only listed probably less than 10% of all of the parts on eBay.  We currently have $40,000+ of merchandise listed for sale on eBay with this small percentage of parts.  The value of the inventory as a whole is nearly impossible to guess, but I have barely tapped into its potential. There are many more parts than are shown in the pictures.   

 

-Included in the lot is a large collection of antique part log books and catalog cards

 

*~*~*~*I am only asking 15k for the entire lot, this is truly the deal of a lifetime. I am sad to see it go, but unfortunately I do not have any other options. 

 

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Its not easy to value "potential" as that's a moving target.  As is, unsorted, regardless of how much the coca-cola crates are worth, you've got it exposed to your best opportunity to sell in bulk.  Your best customers will be swap meet vendors who are not interested in tying up a lot of money, especially if they have years ahead of them sorting and identifying stuff.  Unfortunately you need to decide if you want rid of the parts and all the headaches associated with them or if you want to stash them a few years and work on ID, sorting and getting ready for your retirement when you can begin hitting the swap meets to unload some of it.  If you do that, remember one important guide-line - you can only sell your good stuff once.   If you treat it as a business you want to keep the inventory active, know the marketplace and restock.   If you don't want to take that leap then you are going to have to accept literally pennies on the dollar.   If you are at 40K and have no takers you'll perhaps need to look at your marketing strategy and offer it at a bargain price for a limited time only, after which you will keep in and start your parts business. Or, as has been suggested, an auction would help you get rid of it.  

Terry

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5 hours ago, GTOnly70 said:

Hello,

 

What % of the items in the crates are NOS vs. used.  Can't tell in the pictures.  Where are you located?

I have just sent you a message as well. Located in northern New York. I would estimate about 75% used. But this is not counting a lot of 8,000 New, in the box oil pressure, temperature, and brake light electrical switches included. I have more details in your message

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38 minutes ago, Terry Bond said:

Its not easy to value "potential" as that's a moving target.  As is, unsorted, regardless of how much the coca-cola crates are worth, you've got it exposed to your best opportunity to sell in bulk.  Your best customers will be swap meet vendors who are not interested in tying up a lot of money, especially if they have years ahead of them sorting and identifying stuff.  Unfortunately you need to decide if you want rid of the parts and all the headaches associated with them or if you want to stash them a few years and work on ID, sorting and getting ready for your retirement when you can begin hitting the swap meets to unload some of it.  If you do that, remember one important guide-line - you can only sell your good stuff once.   If you treat it as a business you want to keep the inventory active, know the marketplace and restock.   If you don't want to take that leap then you are going to have to accept literally pennies on the dollar.   If you are at 40K and have no takers you'll perhaps need to look at your marketing strategy and offer it at a bargain price for a limited time only, after which you will keep in and start your parts business. Or, as has been suggested, an auction would help you get rid of it.  

Terry

I have just sent you a message with quite a bit of information.  Also, to be clear the lot is offered at a large discount price of 15K due to the fact that I am moving an can not take them with me (as sad as it is to see them go). It has been very profitable  for me and this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone for this price. 

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I have been pondering this lot since you started listing it.  I'm the guy in the Lake george area that Contacted you in the spring.  The biggest problem with lots is as the quantity grows,  the price suffers unless you have stellar stuff.  I know I wholesaled a large quantity of my parts last fall when I sold my shop.  I knew I was giving some stuff away,  but had to make that call. We are talking a very big pile with many pieces still in the wrappers for 1,000 a truck load and that was a large Uhaul filled about 3 feet high the whole length as some stuff was heavy and the buyer from NH didn't want to get an overweight ticket.  There was alot of chrome and moldings mixed in as well.   If it wasn't something I knew I would sell right away or was going to take any real effort to get ready to sell,  it got tossed in the pile.  I would say atleast 70 percent of my stuff was NOS.  Though I will admit it had been cherry picked.  Used parts are a really tough market unless they are extremely rare or extra nice and still a tad rare. If you can buy it out of a Catalog it seems no one will buy it used from you.  Especially on a venue like ebay.  

I still ponder this lot a few times a week and have resisted the temptation so far to fill a few storage units with stuff I will probably never get around to sell. 

Switches can be good but I also found that once you hit the 60's they move very slowly and only at cheap prices unless they are genuine FOMOCO or Delco Remy/ Mopar etc.  Pretty much anything available at the local parts stores only sell with any frequency to guys overseas that can't get them from their local parts suppliers.  I have 2 storage units full of that stuff right now and that's all NOS.  Ready for another blow out sale myself just to empty the units and not pay 90 a month for them. 

I'm still pondering it but just trying to avoid buying a pile of stuff I will never sell. 

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