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Old October 31st, 2007, 12:22 PM
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Strategy for selling the CrewCab

So, none of the things I've tried are working. Just wondering, what would you guys do?

Yeah, I know, 'lower the price' is the first thing that comes to mind.

Let's say I'm willing to 'negotiate' a bit, but still don't want to take it in the shorts.

I'd still 'like' to sell it, but I don't 'want' to sell it. Know what I mean?

What would you do?
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Old October 31st, 2007, 12:59 PM
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I think the hardest thing about a truck like yours is that it is so highly specialized. Even if I had the cash, I personally wouldnt have a need for anything it does. It seems like its main appeal would be for businesses, but exactly what sort I dont know, save for the type you designed it for. I also get the feeling that a lot of those types don't suffer from an excess of capital.

Certainly price is a factor, and the obvious need to not "take it in the shorts" means that it won't be a flat bargain for anyone - so they have to really want it or need it. Your price is probably around what it would cost to buy a new F250 diesel, which can be fixed at any dealer and is easy to finance.

Its just a hard sell, not because its undesirable, but because its so niche-oriented. If you have a good relationship with some Rover places (ECR, Rover Accessories, WCR, TLR or whoever) I would call them up and ask if any of their clients might be interested in the truck - they seem most likely to have leads with people who might actually be interested. Also, call Ted Turner and see if he wants it.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 01:03 PM
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I think my wife washed the jeans that had Ted's phone number written on a piece of toilet paper.

Some good ideas though...your thoughts on the difficulty of selling are nearly 100% spot on I think.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Marketing.

Do a big event with it on the stage and market its prowness. Bring some attention to it. And mention its for sale somehow. Maybe something that gets worldwide attention.

Or give up and keep it. Update the drivetrain.

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Old October 31st, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Hemmings or something of that ilk?

If it was not a carbed 350 chevy I think it would sell better.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 01:35 PM
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If it was not a carbed 350 chevy I think it would sell better.
Oh yeah, I was going to bust your nuts for that too, but I forgot. If it had to have a non-Rover engine I would vote for a Cummins. How hard could it be to get a 4.0 and drop that in?
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Old October 31st, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Personally for me, at first look or even if I were the one selling it... I would remove the work box off the rear of the truck and put a stock 110/130/?? pickup bed on it.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Have you tried advertising it in the UK rags? With the pound as high as it is (or, rather, the $ in the shitter), it'd be more affordable for a brit. It's shocking how many Rolls' and Bentleys are being repatriated anymore. With as many people as take them overland to Africa, someone may have use for it configured as it is anyway.

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Did I miss the whole thing or what? What are you asking for it? Where are the pics? I saw the ones when it was stranded in the river bed but never saw any closeups or specs on it.

I'm not in the market, just curious but hey, there may be someone else like me who missed it and is a potential buyer so post it up or send a link!
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Old October 31st, 2007, 05:30 PM
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There you go. Advertise it in LRO with a photo expedition upoun delivery. SBC will be exotic to the Brits.

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Did I miss the whole thing or what? What are you asking for it? Where are the pics? I saw the ones when it was stranded in the river bed but never saw any closeups or specs on it.

I'm not in the market, just curious but hey, there may be someone else like me who missed it and is a potential buyer so post it up or send a link!
yes you missed some of the past parties
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Personally for me, at first look or even if I were the one selling it... I would remove the work box off the rear of the truck and put a stock 110/130/?? pickup bed on it.
I spent ten minutes day dreaming about that after i read your post... just great, i'm not gonna sleep at all for the next week dreaming about that...
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Old October 31st, 2007, 08:51 PM
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How do you sell it for what it's worth? If you accept that something is worth what someone else is willing to pay for it, try an ebay auction with no reserve. Writing a lengthy description and eliminating risk of the buyer with lots of pictures and history help. With a no reserve auction on such a nice truck, cajones come in handy, too!
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Old October 31st, 2007, 11:07 PM
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What about checking around with colleges and universities, check with people who do the Baja 1000. you here about these people going down to South America on archaeological digs etc. It might appeal to the baja crowd as a support vehicle ?
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Old November 1st, 2007, 01:15 AM
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What about a $100/ticket raffle? Sell enough to get your desired price???

Dunno how feasible but could be a good promo tool for your business or someone elses...push the excess dollars to charity.

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Old November 1st, 2007, 01:45 AM
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I'd buy a couple tickets.

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make the tickets $200 you would only need 325 people for your price of 65k.... I'd buy one.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 09:46 AM
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raffle? That idea was actually brought up on Dweeb the last time I posted it there.

There are some legal loopholes with having a raffle 'for profit', so I kind of let it drop. The idea of a 'writing contest' was also brought up, it might be the best way to do something like that. Need to find an escrow service, etc...I can see it getting complicated really quickly.

eBay Germany was another idea.

Personally I like the idea of the one-to-one personal sale with a wire transfer of funds...no paperwork involved. Exporting it to Europe/Africa/North Korea would make me sad...I want to see it stay here in the states if it can.
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Its sort of a niche vehicle, but I assure you can find someone on EBay who would be interested. When I sold my 101 Forward Control, I had people come out of the wood work. It ended up being sold to a buyer in Canada. I would put it up there (7 day auction) and also on LRX. You would be surprised how many rare and exotic motorcars over $100k get sold on EBay. Sweet rig btw.
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