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Vehicle Details

Enter the vehicle information that you want to show prospective buyers on your ad. "Vehicle Information" and "Contact Information" are the only required sections, but the more details and photos you provide, the more shoppers will be attracted to your ad.

Vehicle Information

This is the basic information needed to create your ad. It will appear on your listing and detailed ad.

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Determine a competitive price by comparing your vehicle's information and mileage to similar vehicles for sale by dealers and private sellers in your area. Then consider pricing your vehicle within range. Be sure to provide Seller's Comments and photos to highlight the best features of your vehicle, especially if your asking price is above average.

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Detailed Vehicle Information

The more details your provide, the more activity your listing will receive.

Trim refers to both exterior and interior options that enhance a base model. (Ex: Ford Mustang GT or Honda Accord EX)

Trim levels can increase the value and functionality of a vehicle, as well as improve its appearance.

Most passenger vehicles are defined by their number of cylinders or pistons. You can usually find your car's number of cylinders on the white sticker inside the driver's side doorjamb or under the hood near the radiator bracket. The number of cylinders gives some indication of the size and power of the engine. Most vehicles have 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines. Hybrid vehicles use electric motors and gas engines to reduce fuel consumption and increase torque. Electric vehicles rely solely on electric motors for power.

Transmissions are either manual or automatic, with several subsets of automatics. Some automatic variations include CVT, Dual Clutch and Shiftable Automatic.

Gasoline and diesel are the two primary types of fuel. Some vehicles also run on electricity, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or biodiesel. This is usually listed in the owner's manual.

There are four primary drive types: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Most cars are front-wheel drive, but many sports cars, trucks and SUVs are rear-wheel drive. There's no standard way to identify your drive type, so you can leave this field empty if you aren't sure of your vehicle's type.

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-character sequence of numbers and letters assigned to each car by the manufacturer when the car is built. This number can be found in these places:

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driver's side of the dasbhoard by the window.

grayscale image of a car's doorjamb with an orange rectangle highlighted in orange.

driver's side doorjamb.

grayscale image of an insurance card with an orange rectangle highlighted in orange.

auto insurance card and state registration form.

Please note: If you do enter a VIN, be sure to enter it accurately.

Vehicle Options

Be as specific as possible. The more information you provide, the more activity your listing will receive.

Seller's Comments

This is your chance to tell shoppers about your vehicle in your own words. We've already captured the year, make and model, so focus more on unique selling points. Explain to shoppers why you're selling and disclose any prior maintenance. Give warranty information and detail any modification made to your car. Above all, be honest with shoppers. After your ad is placed, you can come back anytime to edit your ad details. Please note: We don't recommend entering your phone number or email address in this space. We'll give shoppers access to your contact information on your ad.

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A/C ice cold All scheduled maintenance
All records Always garaged
Custom paint/graphics Custom wheels
Excellent condition Factory GPS system
Fully loaded with all the goodies Looks & drives great
Mostly highway miles Must see
Never seen snow New paint
New tires No accidents
Non-smoker One owner
Perfect first car Satellite radio
Seats like new Still under factory warranty
Title in hand Upgraded sound system
Very clean interior Well maintained
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Contact Information

Enter the phone number and email address you want to use for your ad. Your phone number will be available to prospective buyers. We'll email you notifications and information, but we'll never display your email address.

By providing us with your phone number, you acknowledge and agree that we (and/or our service providers) may contact you at the mobile or other telephone number you list, in order to provide you with additional information or offers regarding our services, and that in doing so we may utilize automatic dialing services.

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When shoppers are interested in a vehicle, they want to get more details as soon as possible. Many prefer to call. This is the number where shoppers can reach you.

Occasionally our car selling experts contact customers regarding their listings. In order to do this efficiently, we may use an automated dialing system. By selecting “yes,” you consent to receive consultative or telemarketing calls about your listing from AutoTrader.com at the mobile number you have provided.

For your protection, a security question is required in case you ever need to change your email address. This is not the password you'll use to modify your ad.

Please note: You should never share this information with someone you don't trust. Online fraud often begins with an illegitimate request for personal information.

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