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#43080 of 43808 Re: 2004 Sonata [kyfdx]
Sep 09, 2012 (11:56 am)
It is of course impossible to tell without seeing the actual car.
But if all you've got is $1,500, most of the stuff you look at will have immediate needs or be in truly ugly shape.
So if you've got one that looks OK and runs and drives, right now, without spending money, that's a big deal.
In February, as ppl start getting their tax refunds, that Sonata would be even stronger. I don't think it makes a lot of sense either, but there you are.
I have another colleague with a '99 Camry LE, 110k miles, decent shape but starting to rust above the windshield... he thinks he should get close to $5. I'm thinking not of my money but he may be right...
"It's expensive to be poor."
#43081 of 43808 Re: 2004 Sonata [fushigi]
Sep 09, 2012 (12:01 pm)
Folks are right in that its scrap value to a dealer. The only way they show more for it on paper is if they are making it up on the car you are buying.
I think Steine has the right idea on private party. It is tough to judge without seeing it in person. You'll have to fix the windshield and replace 2 tires. Don't mismatch them. Get whatever brand/model the other 2 new tires are.
What would those things cost you at resale? Well, if I were the buyer, I'm deducting $800 for the windshield and tires.
I'd say $600-$800 private party as it sits. Fix the items and detail the hell out of it. If it runs and drives well and looks decent enough, I'll split the difference and say you ask $2295. Even if you only get $1500 in the end, you've spent around $600 on the repairs, so you are getting a few hundred more out of it than selling as is.
SO... in summary... trade=$350, sell as is=$600, fix and sell=$900 (1500-600 repairs).
Real question is, how much is your time worth? The work, the driving around to get things fixed, the time spent detailing, taking pics, advertising, dealing with tire kickers .... all for maybe $500 more in my pocket? Tough call.
#43082 of 43808 Re: 2004 Sonata [fushigi]
Sep 09, 2012 (2:27 pm)
In Connecticut, car of that age needs to be state inspected.
A cracked windshield or bald tires are not acceptable.
This is assuming the buyer plans to legally register it.
#43083 of 43808 2012 Toyota Pruis V Five
Sep 10, 2012 (12:08 pm)
Location: Fairfield, CT
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Toyota Prius V Five
Body Style: wagon
Color: very good - minor wear assocaited with a car of 12k miles; well kept
Major Options: navigation, alloys, keyless entry/start/stop, leatherette - this is a base Five (highest model)
Details of interior and exterior, including dings, scratches etc. - overall great - there are some light scrathces on hood
Tires - prob 20% worn
Brakes - excellent
Maintenance - by the book
Other: Indicate prior damage/insurance claims, repaints, etc. - someone scraped rear plastic bumper, which was repaired professionally - no metal work was done, just painted the plastic on the bumper.
#43084 of 43808 Re: 2012 Toyota Pruis V Five [czar4]
Sep 10, 2012 (12:22 pm)
Need something bigger, or just bored with it?
#43085 of 43808 Re: 2012 Toyota Pruis V Five [czar4]
Sep 10, 2012 (1:22 pm)
This is the regular Prius or that new, bigger, 5 door Prius?
Why so soon?
Sep 10, 2012 (1:42 pm)
Looking for trade in value on 2009 Ford Escape Limited.
Heated Leather seats
17" Factory (fake) Chrome rims.
All service up to date.
Very clean with a few scratches and a ding in the liftgate.
Tires 50%, will need front brakes in next 10k or so.
Actually, might sell to one of the kids.
Will give them a good deal but not give them the car.
#43087 of 43808 Re: 2012 Toyota Pruis V Five [ateixeira]
Sep 10, 2012 (7:00 pm)
just bored with it?
You have to ask?
#43088 of 43808 Re: 2004 Sonata [qbrozen]
Sep 10, 2012 (7:01 pm)
Thanks for the excellent feedback, everyone. Funny how a beater can generate so much discussion.
It would be a private party sale as she felt insulted by what the dealer offered her in trade. I don't know the amount (She's in Indiana; I'm in Illinois) but I'm sure it was not more than $500 and probably less. When she commented about it I did point out that no dealer was going to hang on to a high mileage car, especially with a stick, and that it would be sent straight to auction for disposal.
I will make the suggestions on doing the repairs to make it more salable. I'm surprised she hasn't been ticketed for the windshield; I was when I lived in Indiana back in the '80s. (She may only be carrying liability so no insurance coverage to get the windshield repaired)
She may also just give it to her daughter who could use a generally reliable if aging car for a while.
And she wants a stick for her next car as well. She's been driving manuals since the early 80s.
#43089 of 43808 Re: 2012 Toyota Pruis V Five [ateixeira]
Sep 10, 2012 (7:05 pm)
Made a mistake buying it thinking we could fit three car seats across the back. You can, painfully! We never thought to strap them in - just set them across the back to see of they fit when it was on the dealer's floor. In the end, we ended up getting an MDX, which is great. At te same time, I took a job and we moved within biking distance to work. Just don't need this any more. looking to replace it with a MINI.