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I'm a chronic car shopper, with ten plus a kid's car plus an Acadia, so here is some advice from one that shops a lot:

How do I put pictures in my post?
This sounds harder than it is. If you can post on a message board, you can transfer and post photos. The rewards are great, especially in for sale ads. The process is as follows:
Take the picture, transfer it from your camera to your computer (your camera will usually have software to do this), upload it into on online account, and insert it into your post.

Once they are on your computer, you need to upload them to an online photo service. Tip- don’t post with huge pictures. 640x480 or 800x600 are fine for message boards. Photos can usually be resized on your computer using the transfer program or photo editing software. Microsoft paint will also do this. Photobucket and Picassa are two free online photo hosting services. This example uses Photobucket. Once you have set up an account, you follow the website’s instructions to get the pictures from your computer to the service. Photobucket has tutorials here if you need some help:

From there, all you need to do is insert the web address of the picture(s) into your post. This is done using the “image” tag, or [ img ] (there are no spaces between the brackets and img when you use it). Just like [ b ] makes bold text, [ img ] tells the forum software there is an image at a certain location. [ /img ] tells it this is the end of the photo. On Photobucket, under the photo you have uploaded from your computer, there are three boxes. The bottom one is for img use on message boards. All you need to do is click on the text in the box and a little yellow message pops up saying it has been copied. Go to your post and paste it into the post where you want the picture. You will see [ img ] http: web address photo . jpg [ /img ] (spaces added so it won't convert this text to a link).

How do I add an attachment like a PDF or DOC file?
When you are replying, look under the place where you type in your message. It is normally seen as “Additional options”. Click on it, and you will see check boxes to notify you of replies, return to the topic after posting, and to not use smileys. Below that is a box for attachments. The types of files that can be uploaded and the size is noted here. Click on “browse” to find the file on your computer. You can add more than one by clicking on “more attachments”. The attachments won’t be seen until you post, so they are not shown on a preview. You can post pictures as an attachment so long as they meet the type and size requirements.

What are some tips for a good ad?
The goal here is to let buyers know what you have, and provide a means for them to contact you.

Pictures are essential, and will save you a lot of time answering questions about stuff that could be seen in a picture. For vehicles, shoot all 4 corners of the exterior, the front, and the back. Include a couple of the interior to include the seats and dash. Highlight any good point such as new tires. A shot of the engine bay is helpful also. Avoid repeating photos, such as the side and then a shot 2 feet closer.

Be descriptive when you write about it- color, size, options, what is good and what is bad.

Always list a price. It is a forum rule. People that want to bid or make an offer can go to ebay and do so. State if your price is firm or best offer. If you don’t list a price, don’t get mad when you get an offer of $500 for something you believe is worth $5000.

Include how you want to be contacted- private message, email, or phone. Be aware that posting an email or phone number will eventually be picked up by search engines and anyone (including email spammers) will see this information.

Finally, follow up on your post. If you don't answer questions, you won't sell your vehicle. If it does sell, please delete the post, or mark it as sold and a moderator will do so. As a buyer, it is always frustrating to find a vehicle you want only to find out it sold two months ago. We want to keep our listings here current.
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