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I am selling my Elise and went to list it on AutoTrader.com and their site would not allow me to list it. Dealers can apparently list but not private parties? WTF? :confused:

I thought I saw private party listings for our cars a while back. Did something change? Do you need a double top secret handshake to list or what? :shrug:
 

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I was window shopping for an Elise on AutoTrader.com for all of 2008 and never saw a single private party listing.
dudes, this must be fairly new because I searched the trader nationwide daily for an Elise a while back in Nov & Dec 08 until I found my car...
 

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Autotrader search results are designed to greatly favor dealers.

I listed a Forester a while back and was amazed at how tough it was to find my own listing. So I had a few friends search it and they couldn't find it without putting year, make, model, and zip code. Not surprisingly, I didn't get a single call. Oh, BTW, they cancel a two-week listing after the first week unless the seller calls in to 'confirm' the second week that's already been paid for.
 

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I am selling my Elise and went to list it on AutoTrader.com and their site would not allow me to list it. Dealers can apparently list but not private parties? WTF? :confused:

I thought I saw private party listings for our cars a while back. Did something change? Do you need a double top secret handshake to list or what? :shrug:
Hi there--

To answer your question, we're encouraging people like yourself to post ads on the Classics site, which attracts over 700,000 unique visitors per month, with an audience far more in-market for cars like your Elise than those searched for by in-market shoppers on AutoTrader.com.

We do have some dealer listings on ATC for exotics and semi-exotics, but there's almost no search activity for those vehicles on the site. We are working on integrating listings between our AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Classics sites, so that an individual posting a specialty car like an Elise or Exige on one site will have their listing appear in both places, and you should see that live soon. In the meantime, though, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, or post here.

Cheers,
-Brian Gluckman
Manager, Media Relations
AutoTrader.com
 

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Aren't classics cars 20+ years old? Seems an odd place to find a car that is currently in production and has been on the (US) market for less than 5 years.

(Thanks for taking the time to come here and post)

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Hi there--

To answer your question, we're encouraging people like yourself to post ads on the Classics site, which attracts over 700,000 unique visitors per month, with an audience far more in-market for cars like your Elise than those searched for by in-market shoppers on AutoTrader.com.

We do have some dealer listings on ATC for exotics and semi-exotics, but there's almost no search activity for those vehicles on the site. We are working on integrating listings between our AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Classics sites, so that an individual posting a specialty car like an Elise or Exige on one site will have their listing appear in both places, and you should see that live soon. In the meantime, though, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, or post here.

Cheers,
-Brian Gluckman
Manager, Media Relations
AutoTrader.com
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Hi there--

To answer your question, we're encouraging people like yourself to post ads on the Classics site, which attracts over 700,000 unique visitors per month, with an audience far more in-market for cars like your Elise than those searched for by in-market shoppers on AutoTrader.com.

We do have some dealer listings on ATC for exotics and semi-exotics, but there's almost no search activity for those vehicles on the site. We are working on integrating listings between our AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Classics sites, so that an individual posting a specialty car like an Elise or Exige on one site will have their listing appear in both places, and you should see that live soon. In the meantime, though, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, or post here.

Cheers,
-Brian Gluckman
Manager, Media Relations
AutoTrader.com
Glad to hear you are integrating the sites. Myself and many car guys I know would only check autotrader.com out of habbit. Espescially considering there is a field for lotus and there are many dealer cars on there. You guys have great "brand recognition". Use it!
 

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Aren't classics cars 20+ years old? Seems an odd place to find a car that is currently in production and has been on the (US) market for less than 5 years.
AutoTrader Classics does automatically take on any car built prior to 1981. We also use that site to list anything that is an "instant classic," e.g., the Elise and Exige.
 

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AutoTrader Classics does automatically take on any car built prior to 1981. We also use that site to list anything that is an "instant classic," e.g., the Elise and Exige.
Yes, deep down we all know that the Elise and Exige are "instant classics", but how would a buyer know to go to the classics site instead of the normal site for a current production car?
 

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Yes, deep down we all know that the Elise and Exige are "instant classics", but how would a buyer know to go to the classics site instead of the normal site for a current production car?
Besides working to link the listings, we'll also be doing more cross-promotion of the Classics site on AutoTrader.com in the short-term (banner ads, link-backs, etc) so that a consumer searching for something like an Elise would know to also check out the Classics site.
 

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There are 165 Elises listed on AutoTrader and 16 on Classics.

Yes, of course it is perfectly logical that people seeking 2005 and newer sports cars would be doing so on Classics. Phoneboy is very lucky they prevented him from making a terrible mistake like all those dealers using AutoTrader. Those cars are doomed to never be seen or sold.

PhoneBoy, I suggest EBay.
 

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There are 165 Elises listed on AutoTrader and 16 on Classics.

Yes, of course it is perfectly logical that people seeking 2005 and newer sports cars would be doing so on Classics. Phoneboy is very lucky they prevented him from making a terrible mistake like all those dealers using AutoTrader. Those cars are doomed to never be seen or sold.

PhoneBoy, I suggest EBay.
FYI - I've had 0 responses from Autotrader classics - If you are selling, dont' waste your time or money.
 

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You should also take a look and try us at specialtycarsource.com

You can list your Elise for only $24.95 and your ad will display for 12 weeks! If you car does not sell in those 12 weeks just let us know and we will give you another 12 weeks for FREE!
You also have the option of listing it for 4 weeks for only $14.95

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