Sell Smarter: Your Ultimate Guide to Listing Your ATV on KIJIJI

Selling your used ATV on KIJIJI can be a straightforward and rewarding process with the right approach. Whether you're a KIJIJI pro or looking to sell for the first-time, this guide will take you through each step, from posting your ads to sealing the deal. We'll cover how to create an attractive and detailed listing, choose the right category, and include essential information to catch the eye of shoppers. With our guide to selling on KIJIJI, we'll cover crafting compelling titles, descriptions, and capturing the best photos, equpping you to market your vehicle effectively and get the best results. Let's get selling!

Understanding the KIJIJI Posting Process

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Whether you're daydreaming at your desk about the trails you’ve conquered or multitasking on-the-go with your smartphone, posting your ad on KIJIJI is a breeze. Here are the essential steps to get your ATV listing up and running:

Desktop Users

  1. Click on the "Post Ad" button at the top of the website.
  2. Enter your ad title (more on crafting a catchy title later) and choose the ATV category under "Cars & Vehicles".
  3. Fill in the rest of the required fields, add your best photos showcasing the ATV (tip: action shots can be quite appealing!), and provide your exact location details.
  4. Click on "Post Your Ad" and voila! You're done.

Web App Users

  1. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Choose the ATV category under "Cars & Vehicles".
  3. Complete the required fields, just like the desktop version.
  4. Add photos, give your location, and share your contact details.
  5. Tap "Publish", and get ready for the inquiries to start pouring in.

As someone who’s posted numerous ads on KIJIJI, I can tell you that mastering the basics is just the beginning. Now that you know the steps on how to get your listing live, let's delve deeper into crafting an ad that grabs attention and ensures the best results. Up next, we'll talk about writing an irresistible ad title that makes your ATV stand out from the crowd.

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Introduce Your Ride: Crafting the Perfect Ad Title

Creating the perfect ad title on KIJIJI is like crafting a movie trailer for your off-road vehicle. It's your first impression, a sneak peek that should instantly grab a prospective customers' attention. After years of selling various vehicles on KIJIJI, I've found that a clear, specific title can make all the difference in attracting the right kind of interest.

Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Ad Title:

  1. Be Specific and Clear: Include the ATV's year, make, and model. This ensures your ad is found by specific shoppers looking for that exact type.
  • Example: "2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700"
  1. Highlight Key Features: Showcase what makes your ATV stand out, such as low mileage, recent upgrades, or special add-ons.
  • Example: "2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 | Low Mileage, New Tires & Air Filters"
  1. Use Dashes or Pipes: Utilize these symbols (the control + \ symbol: | ) to break up information, making your title easy to read and digest.
  • Example: "2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 | Low Mileage | New Tires & Air Filters"
  1. Avoid Vagueness: Steer clear of generic titles. Specificity is key to attracting shoppers who are searching for your exact vehicle.
  • Example: Avoid "Selling Great ATV" and use "2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 | Excellent Condition"

Crafting an informative title not only attracts attention but also appeals weeds out those who may not truly be interested in what you have to sell. Now, let’s move on to writing a compelling ad description that will seal the deal.


The Hook: Writing Your Ad Description

Welcome to your new part-time gig: ATV Salesperson Extraordinaire. You may not have signed up for this role, but trust us, you've got what it takes! If you want to sell quickly, you'll need to step into this role confidently because KIJIJI is not for the shy. Let's dive into the details!

  1. Set the Tone: This is not a ransom note, so avoid harsh, non-negotiable phrases like "firm on price" or "don't ask if it's still available." Write in a friendly, approachable, and professional tone.

    Example: "I'm excited to offer up my awesome 2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS. It's been a fantastic off-road vehicle and is in excellent condition."
  2. Include the Basics: Always use the exact year, make, model and trim of your ATV. Make sure there's no room for ambiguity.

    Example: "2018 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS"
  3. Highlight Unique Selling Points: Similar to the title, highlight key features, any improvements you've made, or accessories that will be sold along with the ATV.

    Example: "This used ATV has low mileage, new tires, and upgraded air filters. It also comes with a custom exhaust system and skid plates."
  4. Create Curiosity: A phrase like "and much more" can spark curiosity without overwhelming the reader with information.

    Example: "Features low mileage, new tires, and upgraded air filters - and much more!"
  5. Mention Financing Options: Consider adding a line about "financing available" to give interested parties an easy option for their purchase. Our partners at Revival Powersports offer ATV loans throughout Canada and don't charge you as the seller a single cent.

    Example: "Financing options are available through Revival Powersports, making it easier for you to get this ATV."
  6. Wrap Up with Contact Details: Provide your contact details and the best way to reach you. Encourage queries and visits to check out the ATV in person.

    Example: "For more information or to schedule a viewing, please contact me at [your phone number] or [your email]. I'm happy to answer any questions and arrange a test ride."

Creating a compelling ad description not only informs but also entices potential buyers. Now that you have your ads title and description ready, let's move on to pricing your ATV effectively to ensure you'll sell your rig fast.

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Market Evaluation: Setting Your ATV Price

Pricing your ATV isn't about pulling a number out of a hat. It's a combination of research, a touch of strategy, and a sprinkling of intuition. Here's how you can set a competitive price for your off-road vehicle:

Step-by-Step Guide to Pricing Your ATV:

  1. Start with Research: Look up trade-in values and compare similar listings on KIJIJI to get a reasonable price range. This helps you understand the market and set a competitive price for your vehicle.

    Pro Tip: Search for similar used ATVs on KIJIJI and note the prices for models with comparable mileage and features. Remember that many trim models carry over for multiple years and use these ranges as a guide for pricing your rig.
  2. Set Your Price Slightly Higher: Set the cost a bit higher than your target to allow room for negotiation. This makes potential purchasers feel like they're getting a good deal.

    Pro Tip: Most buyers are looking for at least $500 off of the purchase price when shopping for a used ATV. Make sure your machine is priced appropriately.
  3. Consider Your ATV's Condition: Evaluate the condition of your ATV, including any custom upgrades or maintenance. Remember, while those custom graphics, grips or that luggage rack you shelled out cash for might mean a lot to you, they might not add much value to the buyer.

    Pro Tip: While providing a list of add-ons and upgrades is encouraged, listing the arbitrary "value" of each and every add-on is annoying and does nothing to improve your ad.
  4. Removing Emotional Value: Recognize that the emotional value that you attach to your ATV doesn’t translate into monetary value. Be objective about its worth in the current market.

    Pro Tip: If you're too attached to your rig, you may want to consider ATV consignment through a reputable ATV dealer.
  5. Stay Flexible: Be open to negotiations and be prepared to adjust your price based on the feedback from shoppers.

    Pro Tip: While feedback and offers might be great feedback for your pricing, ignoring low-ballers is also important as there are cannibals on KIJIJI looking for a steal.

By following these steps, you'll be able to set a price that is attractive to potential buyers while still giving you a fair return. Next, let’s explore some common mistakes to avoid when selling your ATV on KIJIJI to ensure a smooth and successful transaction.



Sealing the Deal: Locking In Potential Buyers

You've crafted the perfect ad, attracted interested buyers, and now it's time to close the deal on your off-road vehicle. Next we will look at how to ensure a smooth and successful transaction on KIJIJI.

Step-by-Step Guide to Sealing the Deal:

  1. Communicate Clearly: Respond promptly to inquiries from potential buyers and be transparent about the ATV’s condition, cost, and any other details. Good communication can build trust and reassure a potential buyer.

    Pro Tip: Answer questions thoroughly and provide additional photos or information if requested on your KIJIJI account.
  2. Arrange Safe Meetings: Set up meetings in public places and bring a friend if possible. Safety should always be a priority when meeting a potential buyer.

    Pro Tip: Suggest meeting at a busy location like a well-lit parking lot or a law enforcement designated trading area.
  3. If Possible, Provide Test Rides: Allow serious buyers to test ride the ATV, but take precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your vehicle.

    Pro Tip: Ensure the buyer leaves a deposit, their car keys or an ID with you during the test ride.
  4. Negotiate Fairly: Be prepared for negotiations and know your lowest acceptable price. Stay firm but fair, and be willing to compromise to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. If you've agreed on a price prior to meeting, stick to that price and don't let them strongarm you in person.

    Pro Tip: Keep your research handy to justify your pricing if needed, ensuring you don’t lose out on the sale.
  5. Finalize the Payment: Decide on the payment method beforehand. Cash is often preferred, but electronic transfers can also be safe and convenient when processed correctly.

    Pro Tip: Avoid personal checks and only use direct banking transfers if processing electronic payment. Confirm that funds are landed with your bank prior to releasing the ATV.
  6. Complete the Paperwork: Ensure all necessary documentation is completed, including a bill of sale and any required transfer forms. This protects both you and the buyer.

    Pro Tip: Include details such as the date of sale, selling price, and the buyer's and seller's information. Ensure that all details required for insurance and registration are accounted for.
  7. Provide After-Sale Support: Offer to answer any follow-up questions the buyer might have about their new rig. This extra step will leave a positive impression and ensure a smooth transition.

    Pro Tip: Share your contact information and any useful resources related to ATV maintenance or operation, such as where to find air filters or tires.

Adhering to these guidelines will ensure a seamless transaction, leaving both you and the buyer satisfied. Next let's visit some common mistakes that people make when selling on KIJIJI.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your ATV on KIJIJI

We learn from mistakes, but when it comes to posting your ATV online, it's best to learn from others' selling mistakes. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid so that you can ensure you sell smoothly and efficiently on KIJIJI.

Negative Tone: Your attitude significantly influences how buyers perceive your listing. Project positivity and openness.

  • Pro Tip: Avoid phrases like "Don't ask if it's still available." or "no low ballers." Instead, use friendly and inviting language.

Inflexible Pricing: Stating a "firm" price can deter shoppers who may otherwise be interested in your rig. Always leave a little room for negotiation.

  • Pro Tip: As mentioned in the previous section, setting your ATV price with a slight markup to allow room for negotiation, attracting more shoppers.

Poor Titles: A detailed, accurate, and error-free title is crucial to attract specific buyers.

  • Pro Tip: Ensure your title includes the ATV’s year, make, model, and key features.

Lack of Description Detail: Provide a comprehensive overview of your ATV, highlighting key features, condition, and maintenance history.

  • Pro Tip: Include information about recent maintenance, such as new tires or air filters, and any upgrades. Keep it brief, concise and factual.

Poor Quality Photos: High-resolution photos from various angles are essential. Show off special features and any existing damage.

  • Pro Tip: Post clear, well-lit images of your ATV, including close-ups of important parts like the tires and air filters. Use our guide on taking photos of your ATV as reference.

Hiding Flaws or Damages: Be honest about any issues with the ATV and adjust your price accordingly. Transparency builds trust.

  • Pro Tip: Mention any dents, scratches, or mechanical issues upfront.

Not Disclosing Liens: If there’s a lien on your ATV, disclose it upfront and explain how it will be handled.

  • Pro Tip: Have documentation about the lien ready and a plan to clear it up as part of the sale process.

Poor Communication: Prompt responses show you’re serious and respectful of the potential buyer’s time. Remember, your ATV isn’t the only one available!

  • Pro Tip: Respond to inquiries quickly and provide thorough answers to all questions.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll create a more attractive and trustworthy listing that appeals to potential purchasers. Following these guidelines will help you sell with ease!

With your KIJIJI ad now live, you're well on your way to connecting with the perfect buyer for your ATV. Remember, the key to sell without hassle is in the details—clear titles, comprehensive descriptions, and high-quality photos can make all the difference. Stay positive, respond promptly to inquiries, and be open to negotiations to ensure a smooth transaction. By following this guide and putting in a little extra effort, you’ll maximize your chances of selling your off-road vehicle quickly and for a fair price. Happy selling!

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