If you're trying to sell your car yourself on Craigslist or another private used car market, you should know the one universal truth about the retail world: Most people buy with their eyes.
With nearly two decades in the car buying and selling business, I have seen well-kept showhorses -- even old ones -- fetch all the money in the world. I have also seen plenty of solid workhorses with what could only be described as a great personality that were pretty much unsellable because they wore their wear on their sleeve. More often than not, it's the fault of a lazy seller who thinks that the free market is willing to look past appearances and pay big bucks for a rolling turd. Newsflash: it isn't.
If you choose to invest a little less than a day’s time of prep (and a small amount of cold hard currency), your return will easily be in the hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars. Here's how to turn your 'ol reliable into a hot commodity.