There are things I like about the Crosstrek, things I love, annoying things, and things I hate. Bottom line, it isn't the right vehicle for me, and I picked up an older Forester. If I'd been able to get a 2014 Forester from the dealer at the time I bought the XV, I would have, but it was late in the year, and there were only new Crosstreks available with manual transmissions. It was a compromise, and over time I've realized that the microscopic cargo area behind the rear seats does not fit my needs. My "new" Forester has a smaller rear seat area, and 50% more rear cargo area, and that does fit my needs.
Have been trying to sell my Crosstrek on Craigslist for a while now, and obviously haven't been successful. Had one offer that I likely could have negotiated a little higher, but I countered too high. Buyer said that his offer was all he could offer, so I'd said, "No thanks." Then they asked for a counter. Was feeling cranky that day, so I countered high after the changing of their story from all they could offer to being willing to pay more. Had someone else who I thought was going to buy it, but I think they backed out due to being highly allergic to dogs, and I've had dogs in the car. I've kept the seats clean and protected, so most people wouldn't even notice that dogs were in it. Had another buyer who seemed interested, but really wanted a sunroof car.
Listings here in the Pacific NW are priced higher than book value, and I've sold another Subaru in the past for significantly over book. Since there is some damage on top of my hood (dropped a kayak on it) my listing has been for a couple of thousand less than other comparable cars by owner and dealers. This is for clean titles, not rebuilt, and for cars with less than a hundred thousand miles on them.
For people who have tried to sell cars in the teens of thousands to private parties vs. trading them in, was it difficult to find buyers able & willing to buy? Do people just not have cash to do it? Is minor exterior damage a huge turn off? My pricing below others would more than cover it if someone wanted to make it pristine. As for the interior, I tend to keep mine cleaner than average. I've been led to believe that the stick trans is desirable, as most came with the CVT; is this the case? How much of an issue is living in a somewhat rural area about an hour outside of a big urban area? I'm willing to come down on my price, but since I'm starting so far below everyone else, I feel like something else might be the issue. Does everyone these days price their stuff several thousand dollars above where they expect to sell? For a while, there was someone else with a virtually identical car with noted dog interior damage priced over $2,500 higher than mine.
Bottom line is that I find it odd that I'm not getting more interest and would appreciate any helpful advice. TIA