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#43250 of 43868 Re: Trading in a 2007 Explorer [sebring95]
Nov 10, 2012 (10:57 pm)
I'll try this again adding the location [thanks sebring95] and using the recommended format:
Location: Metro Atlanta area
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
Engine: 4.0L V6, 5-speed automatic
Color: Dark Cherry Metallic w/ Camel Leather
Major Options: Power Moonroof, Dual Power, Heated Front Seats, PowerFold 3rd Row Seat, Dual-zone Auto Climate Control, Rear Aux. Climate Controls, Reverse Sensing System, Audiophile 6CD audio system, Power Adj Pedals, Homelink remote, Heated side mirrors
Exterior- no dents, dings or scratches; recently waxed
Interior- clean with no signs of wear, no stains or damage of any kind
Tires - 8k miles on a set of 60k Bridgestones ($800)
Brakes- front and rear- 50%+ left on pads, new front rotors 20k miles ago
Maintenance- all maintenance performed at or before Ford's recommended mileage intervals; all records included.
Other: NO damage history or insurance claims of any kind; clean AutoCheck report to prove it.
#43251 of 43868 Hey Q - '03 VW GTI
Nov 11, 2012 (6:42 pm)
I have a friend in Queens looking to rid herself of her 2003 VW GTI
Dark Blue Exterior
Dark Grey Interior
5 Speed Manual Transmission
New Rear Brakes
Receipts for all maintenance
Car is in fair condition, parked on street in Queens so use your imagination
Female, adult driven, no modifications
What do you think it's worth?
#43252 of 43868 Re: Trading in a 2007 Explorer [igozoomzoom]
Nov 12, 2012 (12:01 pm)
#43253 of 43868 Re: Hey Q - '03 VW GTI [nyccarguy]
Nov 12, 2012 (11:59 am)
$3k-$3500 for the 1.8T
maybe up to $4k for a VR6.
#43254 of 43868 Re: Hey Q - '03 VW GTI [qbrozen]
Nov 12, 2012 (1:14 pm)
Whoops! I left out the most important part... 1.8T
#43255 of 43868 Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in?
Nov 13, 2012 (2:42 am)
Now that I know we'll be trading in mom's '07 Explorer in the next week or so, I'm trying to avoid spending a penny isn't necessary. I am taking it to a detail shop tomorrow to have it washed and hand dried and all the glass thoroughly cleaned inside and out. I'm also have the front carpeting and the leather seats cleaned. All of that for $100 is money well spent, IMO.
It has only been about 3500 miles since the last oil change and I would usually wait until 5000 miles to do it. But I'm thinking a fresh oil change can't hurt- along with all the maintenance records for the entire life of the car.
The other one maintenance item that hasn't been done is replacing the spark plugs. New ones were due at 100k miles, but my mechanic said the old ones still looked perfect, so I could get another 30-40k miles out of them. Now it has almost 136k on it and I suspect that they really do need to be replaced...but I don't think changing them would have any noticeable benefit (at least not immediately).
So I'm thinking the hardcore clean-up and oil change are all I should do and then try to find somewhere to dump it!!! Any other suggestions?
#43256 of 43868 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [igozoomzoom]
Nov 13, 2012 (6:30 am)
I would do none of the above. Unless it looks like a brand new car when cleaned up (and it's filthy now) even cleaning it is a waste in my book. Any dealer is going to do a detail job on it and most could care less about maintenance records/history. This will likely go to an auction where nobody will look at anything. Save your money and more importantly...your time. Just dump it. Outside of private sales I have never felt I received any value for a mint condition well cared for car. If you get anything extra...it will likely only cover what you've spent.
#43257 of 43868 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [sebring95]
Nov 13, 2012 (6:38 am)
Besides that Explorer isn't going to wind up on the dealer's lot. It has 136K - it's going to auction as soon as the transporter shows up.
#43258 of 43868 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [igozoomzoom]
Nov 13, 2012 (9:10 am)
I always clean my cars before trading, personally. I just want them to be able to see how nice it is so when I push for more on my trade, they will often do it.
The other stuff is a definite no. They don't care about maintenance records. They throw them right in the trash.