In Part 1, we bought a $1000 1992 Lexus SC400 as a project-car suspension donor. In Part 2, we disassembled the car and extracted all the parts that might be worth selling. Part 3 saw the beginning of the Great SC400 Sell-Off, with scrap-metal and Craigslist sales. The largest single source of money from the SC400 part-out project, though, came from sales on eBay Motors. Here's how that part of the process went.
I dragged home three carloads of SC400 parts during the dismemberment process, totaling well over 100 parts that I thought I might be able to sell on the world's biggest online auction site. I did some triage and got down to perhaps 80 parts that I felt willing to list on eBay.
I consider myself a fairly experienced eBay seller. My feedback rating is well over 1000, and I sold my first items there way back in 1999. When the dot-com boom ended a few years later, I made deals with several of my car-parts-hoarding friends: I sell your stuff on eBay, I keep half the take. I sold more than 500 car parts during 2002 and 2003, ranging from $3 owner's manuals to a $1200 mint-condition big-block Ford Toploader.