I'm trying to sell my old car and have some questions about some aspects of it, are those questions on topic?

They obviously are dependent on where I live (both country and state), which mean they're a little localized (though not necessarily too localized), but irregardless, they may be off-topic.


My instinct is to look for a mechanical problem / question that needs to be answered. Example: I am trying to sell this vehicle and I've noticed issue X. How bad is issue X? Is that expensive to fix? Or should I try it myself?

Those abstract examples but they approach something you could answer: how bad / cost = lots of labor? Part replacement? Service department labor or sweat equity? Easy fix / risky fix?

In this example, the sale of the car is relatively incidental but does provide some background and reference points for the answerer.

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    That's another point I didn't think about this could give you an idea of ROI, and whether to fix it or sell as is. – Move More Comments Link To Top Dec 6 '11 at 14:52

The FAQ states

Questions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and their accessories, internal combustion engines, even in applications other than automotive so long as the question is related to engine or engine accessories.

It doesn't seem to fit based on that statement, but the community defines the scope of the site, and that statement isn't meant to be all inclusive.

The FAQ goes on to say

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

I think this is an actual problem you face, but it could easily be an open ended question.

A lot of automotive technicians work for shops that sell cars new and used and many are knowledgeable about the sales/trade-in process. Many automotive technicians and DIYers alike are passionate about cars and end up going through the buy/sell process a lot, and should have knowledge to share on the subject. I don't think it would run them off, or diminish the usefulness of the site by having this type of question.

So with all that being said I would say it depends on the question.

Asking a question about the specific process would be okay. How do I know what my car is worth? Can I sell it to a dealer or at an auction? How do I sell it as a private sale? Should I get a technician to check it out and disclose that information to the seller?

Asking what's the best way to sell my car, wouldn't be a good question.

But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong. Ultimately the community decides buy discussing and voting on meta.

Just a note for new users voting on meta works a little different than the main site you up-vote an answer you agree with, down-vote ones you do not.


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