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#43254 of 44380 Re: Hey Q - '03 VW GTI [qbrozen]
Nov 12, 2012 (12:14 pm)
Whoops! I left out the most important part... 1.8T
#43255 of 44380 Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in?
Nov 13, 2012 (1:42 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 44380 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [igozoomzoom]
Nov 13, 2012 (5:30 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 44380 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [sebring95]
Nov 13, 2012 (5:38 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 44380 Re: Quick, cost-effective ways to improve trade-in? [igozoomzoom]
Nov 13, 2012 (8:10 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.
#43259 of 44380 07 Honda Civic Hybrid
Nov 13, 2012 (1:28 pm)
Trying this again for the 2nd time.....would appreciate any info....thanks.
Location: SF Bay Area
07 Honda Civic Hybrid No Nav
Condition: Excellent inside and out, Tires about 50% left, and Hybrid Battery just replaced 5 days ago.
Looking to Trade or Sell Private Party. I see similar vehicles listed on Craigslist for $10K.
#43260 of 44380 2009 Honda Accord
Nov 13, 2012 (3:48 pm)
Location: Miami, FL
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Honda Accord
Body Style: Sedan
Engine: 2.4L I4
Color: Silver w/ Black interior
Major Options: EX w/ Leather (EX-L)
Condition: Very clean, just minor door dings. Leather good, clean interior.
Tires - 4 new as of October 2012
Brakes - 50% worn
Maintenance - all per Maintenance Minder, Synthetic Oil, All receipts on hand
Other: Indicate prior damage/insurance claims, repaints, etc.
One minor accident to rear bumper when just months old. Luckily only bumper cover had to be replaced and no need to blend in paint. So other than bumper paint is untouched.
Listed for 15,900 firm private party sale. Looking to get 15,000 trade-in if get no hits on private sale listing (seems coming up with 16k for private sale might be a stretch)
#43261 of 44380 Re: 2009 Honda Accord [pgm17]
Nov 15, 2012 (8:42 am)
I am not an expert but a few things jump out at me. One, "firm". Most buyers want to negotiate a bit. So, this may turn some buyers off. Second, if your repair shows up on a car fax it is unlikely that you will get top dollar. Lastly, it seems as if your price is a tad high. Some dealers in my area have the same car with less miles for a lower price.
#43262 of 44380 Re: 2009 Honda Accord [robbieg]
Nov 15, 2012 (9:35 am)
Thanks for the feedback, I probably would list it higher but maybe am being a little bit overzealous on the price. Down here the dealer has an 09 LX-P with same miles for 15,600. I was hoping for 15 trade-in but may need to adjust my expectations.
#43263 of 44380 Re: 07 Honda Civic Hybrid [koctailz]
Nov 15, 2012 (2:06 pm)
new battery is a great selling point. You might get $6500 trading it in Cali. Fair private party transaction would be $8500, so I can understand a $10k asking price, although I wouldn't personally price it that high if you want a quick sale.