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eBay is probably the largest. Also Bring A Trailer, Craigslist and others specific to make,  depending on what make/model you are Interested in. 

 

What are you looking for?

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IMO, Ebay has really gone downhill. Low bids and lots of Kooks. I listed my 81 Corniche and pulled it after a few days. Its on Hemmings now and getting a good response. I know, you're buying and not selling. Ebay might be good for buying  as sellers may appreciate and deal with a serious educated buyer who actually has money to buy a car. Might find a good car for a good price. Fuzzy logic but this arena seems to be in constant flux. 

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"Bring a Trailer" is a lot more descriptive than "Ebay". Maybe they should rename Ebay to "Reserve Not Met.com" OR FishingBay. That's appropriate!. I rarely look at Ebay anymore. I am not much in the market for a car and I sure don't need parts that "fit" everything in the world.

 

Right now I am doing an unmotivated search for a Cadillac XTS or Escalade to replace my pickup, not collector cars, either one, but all I am looking at is Traderonline.

I search under 60,000 miles, which is about 20,000 of generosity for me. The most annoying thing is the clowns who list their clapped out old junkers with 150,000 miles at 150 miles. And there are enough of these to be a genuine nuisance. If I found out a friend of mine was doing that I would probably ignore him just like I do the ads.

 

Do any forum members do that? If you do, please tell me what is wrong with that BB between your ears. I would really like to know the point.

 

To the point of the question, join your local car club chapter of choice. A very large percentage of the members are old and have one foot in the grave. Those are the cars to keep an eye on. Survey your local membership and see how many have cars that would be marketed as barn finds when the flipper scores.

 

I almost died, or worse, six years ago so I am counting myself in that bunch. Lots of car coming up.

Bernie

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Bernie et al.

 

If you want to avoid the "fits everything" listings,  type in what you're looking for - e.g. 1964 Buick Riviera - and hit the search tab. Then go to the Advanced  tab, to the right of the search tab, and click on it.  You'll get a new screen which has a space that reads Exclude words from your search .  Type in the word "fits" into it and then search again.  All of the "fits everything" items will be deleted from your search.

 

Ed

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I prefer not to go through some gyrations to adjust Ebay's foolishness. On the, getting rarer, occasions I look for something I find it quick and move on or  I buy the item elsewhere in a straightforward manner.  I have a drug store on the corner with reduced price and sale tags on everything in the store. In tiny writing it says you have to show your buyer's tracking card to get the big boldly advertised price. I don't monkey around with them either.

 

I don't care about Ebay OR the drug store. To their marketing people I am sure it is the most important thing in the world. Neither got my money. And , frankly, I don't care. And they don't either, a net neutral experience for both.

 

I'm saving my money to buy a car at an estate sale, anyway.

Bernie

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2 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

"Bring a Trailer" is a lot more descriptive than "Ebay". Maybe they should rename Ebay to "Reserve Not Met.com" OR FishingBay. That's appropriate!. I rarely look at Ebay anymore.

Bernie

 

I check eBay almost every day and maintain a "watch" list of Rivieras. You're right, it is extremely rare to see one sell on there. The last one I can think of obviously sold off site because it was removed before the listing was up. There's one gray first-gen Rivi in Idaho that is on there all the time and people clearly love to bid it up to below reserve over and over.

 

I love Bring a Trailer but it doesn't usually get good prices on 60s American cars. Probably why I have never seen them list a first-gen Rivi.

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Once again, all good advice. If I ever was in a situation where I needed an agent to negotiate, I think I'd ask Bernie or Ed (Riv nut). Although I think Bernie would show up with brass knuckles. Much more effective. Only kidding , people. Kind of.

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I took a look at the Hot Rod Hotline and filtered the Rivieras down to 63 - 65.  Big bucks.  Plus there's a 64 with the original 401, and a 63 with 'duel' four barrel carbs.  What we they going to do; walk ten paces, turn, and fire? Very liberal descriptions if I may say so.  When I first looked at the Rivieras for sale there were a bunch.  Any 1949 and up Buick two door hardtop "Riviera" is part of the listings. You'll need to set some filters if you don't want these popping up.

 

Ed

 

 

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Need to sell my ponycar, not looking forward to dealing with craigslist. Heard lots of stories of flaky low-ballers on there. No luck with word-of-mouth.

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Slightly better than Craigslist is a FB group dedicated to old car sales or specific groups for your type of car. Generally you can see from the profile if they appear to be ligit. 

 

I really like ebay for weeding out most of the crackheads and scammers and cutting down on low ball bids. (Put a reserve. It’s okay to start bidding low to generate activity and Interest. It won’t sell unless it’s over your reserve.)

 

I sold over 6 cars and misc other things in the last 3 years and that’s just my experience. 

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https://www.cars-on-line.com/

I like checking out this site from time to time. Several postings lead to retail seller web sites but several are for private sale cars. I had one of my cars listed here but got no offers on it after several months. I ended up cancelling the listing.

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I found this site interesting: http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/buick/297053-928-1929-buick-standard-six-doodle-bug-most-mechanical-parts-restoration-pieces.html

 

That is my parts car and I never listed it with classiccarsforsale.com. And I couldn't contact myself through the contact link.

 

There appear to be 18,000 pages of cars for sale and nowhere to list one. Over the years I have seen a couple cars I was interested in through this site but never follow up on. Probably because  I think classic is a lame term used by, what Frank D. Graham would call, greenhorns, misfits, and non-descripts. Kind of like Victoria's :

On 11/14/2017 at 6:09 AM, victorialynn2 said:

crackheads and scammers and cutting down on low ball bids

 

Opinions can make a person smile so wide.

 

Anyway, I would stay away from cars listed there, especially if I can't even buy my own from myself.

 

Who Googled "Frank D. Graham"? :)

 

Bernie

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