There’s no point in dragging this out, or saying it any other way I sold the 2009 Infiniti G37 X Coupe. In all honesty the whole thing is a little ironic. You see, I’m graduating from college this month and with winter coming up, I didn’t actually think that someone would buy the car. But a young, happy couple came to sweep it up right before I started finals. Perfect timing then.
The entire process of selling the car took an agonizing five months and I was preparing myself to swallow the tough pill of keeping the car. I didn’t have a problem with that because I loved it. I still do love it, but as a college student looking to find my first full-time job and move out, it just wasn’t feasible. Plus, I just didn’t like making payments on a car. I mean, I got a decent rate and put a good amount of money down, but it just didn’t seem worth it anymore with all of the other things going on.
I had come to this realization quite a long time ago, but I wasn’t quite sure what car I wanted to replace it with. I was thinking along the lines of a Fiesta ST or Focus ST. Yes, both of these left a lasting impression on me since I first drove them, but ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth when I went to buy them. So instead of accepting the atrocious offers I got for my G37 from the stealerships, I decided to sell it privately.
This required researching similarly priced G37s, following Drive’s car detailing videos and making sure that I didn’t do anything stupid.
So I grabbed everything with Meguairs on it and made the car look like this. Then I posted it on Autotrader.com, Craigslist.com, Cars.com and Cargurus.com. Having sold multiple motorcycles on Craigslist, I was used to having creepy people come to my house to pass judgment on my vehicle and offer dollars above dealerships.
Over the five months, there were a lot of creepy people who did exactly what creepy people do. I was offered various forms of jewelry, told that my car wasn’t worth the asking price and begged to lower the price. In the end, it was worth it and I can confidently say that Autotrader is a better choice than Craigslist for more expensive vehicles.
While the future owners, and others, had a hard time believing that the G37 was a reliable and relatively cheap vehicle to run. As a good owner, I kept all of the car’s receipts – two oil changes totaling $120 and $60 for front brake pads.
The car annoyingly did have an exhaust rattle and a window screech that I couldn’t sort out. Oh well, I tried to fix them both and failed. But that was the extent to the car’s problems.
Looking back at it, there isn’t a better car for $20,000, but I’ll go into much more detail later on in a full review of the vehicle.
So I am currently carless, stuck driving my mom’s 2003 Nissan Murano. The SUV isn’t that bad, but it’s definitely not my cup of tea. And I’m left looking for another vehicle. What are the options? Well here’s a list of some of the cars that I’m thinking about:
- Subaru WRX
- BMW 540i
- VW GTI
- Honda Civic SI
I’m leaning towards one vehicle over the others for a plethora of reasons with the bolded words being the most influential.
- Looks, size, fuel economy, drivability and fun
With a new car comes a long laundry list of parts that I want to add, especially since the car would be relatively cheap and I wouldn’t have a payment to worry about.
Stay tuned to see what vehicle I buy and what my plans are for it.