Anyone ever sell a car before?

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mannykins

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I personally hate it, im trying to sell my 97 prelude sh but so many damn low ballers are hitting me up and offering me 2.5k or 3k and all I want is 4k. The car it self has 132k miles and the engine has 1k and its turbo'd out but it needs to be taken out. But people still low ball on the car and it pisses me off -.- I payed close to 5k -.- Anyone ever have the same problems selling cars?
 

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Check auto trader or something similar to find a similar car for sale too see if what you're asking a fair for your area. People will still try to lowball so if you want 4K and not a penny lower, either advertise it as 4K firm or a little over 4K so you can let it go for "less". Make sure it's clean too, and I mean spotless inside and out. It goes a long way on a good impression and people will be willing to pay a bit more for something that looks nice. Get rid of any smells if you smoke or eat in there alot too.

Not groundbreaking advise I know, but that's all I can think of.
 

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If I understand you.... It has 130+K on it, the turbo needs replaced, and you paid almost 5k.
And you think ppl are low balling you on the car!!! First the turbo will cost around 600- 1200 to replace.
Then there is the fact that you have owned the car for a time.
You are young, take the 3k, and get another car.

I built my '85 Mustang GT 5.0. Invested over 22K, sold it for 14K.
This is what I put into it.
Motor; 347 stroker 7,800
trans; Tremic 5 speed 3,100
suspention; Maxume motor sports 4,300
turbos; Turbonetics twin kit 4,100

And this does not include the carbon fiber hood, fiberglass hatch,aluminume fenders,lambo doors.
 

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You want $4,000 for a 1997 model car with 130,000 miles on it?

Frankly put, you're daft.

The overwhelming majority of used car shoppers don't care if it's turboed or not, especially at the $4000 I need transportation on the cheap pricepoint. For $4,000, one could buy a considerably newer car that doesn't need turbo work. Unless your car is something really special, you might needto consider lowering your price if you aren't getting interested people.
 

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You have not told us what the body work looks like as well, that plays a big part on what the price should be. But i agree with babyracer all of those miles on a 14 yr old car that needs a new turbo. $3,000 would be your best thing to take or might be lucky with 3500
 

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You very rarely get what you paid for/put into a car. By nature they depreciate in value unless it's something super-special, like a show car.

I actually blue booked it and in fair condition it's only 3.5k, so people probably aren't low balling you, they're actually offering the current market value of the car. You might be able to get more accurate information if you blue book it yourself since you'll know the condition of the paint/interior/tires/brakes. Even in excellent condition, which would be like new, low mileage and impeccable servicing records the car is only worth 4.5k.

New Cars, Used Cars, Blue Book Values & Car Prices - Kelley Blue Book
 

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I've sold a few cars before... 4K for a turbo'd prelude? Good luck with the sale, I can find them for like $2500 with turbo.
 

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I personally hate it, im trying to sell my 97 prelude sh but so many damn low ballers are hitting me up and offering me 2.5k or 3k and all I want is 4k. The car it self has 132k miles and the engine has 1k and its turbo'd out but it needs to be taken out. But people still low ball on the car and it pisses me off -.- I payed close to 5k -.- Anyone ever have the same problems selling cars?

Here's your problem.

1997 Honda Prelude - Private Party Pricing Report - Kelley Blue Book

You're asking for top dollar in a bad market. Not the best idea if you want to sell the car.
 

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K is asking a bit much honestly especially if the blue book values are less then what you are asking for it. as stated above cars really only lower in value as time and mileage increase. you wont be able to get back what u probably put into the car especially if it needs repairs but you should be able to get at least 2.5 to the K they are offering you. good luck and make sure that all the paperwork is in order like the title. I believe the DMV actually charges for transfer of title too about 20 bucks.
 

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well that isnt my car mine is a type sh and that has a higher kbb than the base model. And a decent turbo build type sh is worth a good 8000 if not a little more. And even with its problems its worth 4000. Ive seen a good amount of auto and manual preludes sell for more than 5000 with around 90k to a 140k miles on it. And all type sh's were manual.
 

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Ah, I wasn't aware you had the SH type. The stick, however, limits your market, because there are a surprising number of people out there that have no clue how to drive a stick. My first car was a 1979 Mercury Capri 1.6L 4-speed - sister to the 3rd-gen Mustang, and just as ugly. I had to learn a stick the hard way - by driving that piece of shit with my stepdad in the passenger seat laughing at me until I could manage it. My brother was lucky - he learned on an '83 Charger with a 5-speed. 5-speeds are sooooo much easier.
 

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I don't know your zip, but you should sit down with Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds and see what they say your car is worth. If you're not getting people interested in even coming to look at it at your price point, you've priced too high, regardless of what you *think* it might be worth. It's only worth what someone is willing to pay, and I can't imagine that many people wanting to pay that much money for a 14-year-old car with a bad turbo.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, so if it seems that way, I apologize. It seems like you're doing something that my dad does, where he'll get an idea that something is worth a certain amount of money, and then he winds up sitting on it forever because it isn't actually worth that much. There is probably a niche market for your car, but I think you're either going to have to wait for one of the six people that care about that vintage and flavour of Prelude, or you're going to have to adjust your price.
 

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I don't know your zip, but you should sit down with Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds and see what they say your car is worth. If you're not getting people interested in even coming to look at it at your price point, you've priced too high, regardless of what you *think* it might be worth. It's only worth what someone is willing to pay, and I can't imagine that many people wanting to pay that much money for a 14-year-old car with a bad turbo.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, so if it seems that way, I apologize. It seems like you're doing something that my dad does, where he'll get an idea that something is worth a certain amount of money, and then he winds up sitting on it forever because it isn't actually worth that much. There is probably a niche market for your car, but I think you're either going to have to wait for one of the six people that care about that vintage and flavour of Prelude, or you're going to have to adjust your price.

Actually, I linked to the KBB on the stock model in an earlier post. He indicated it's an SH model, which changes the game significantly enough to where if he gets the turbo parts off there, he'll get his price.
 

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Actually, I linked to the KBB on the stock model in an earlier post. He indicated it's an SH model, which changes the game significantly enough to where if he gets the turbo parts off there, he'll get his price.
Depends on where he is and the condition of the car. KBB showed it at $4,400 if in excellent condition based on the SH model here, 3,400 if in fair condition.

That said, $4,000 might not be unreasonable after all.
 

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You're in Detroit. Anything you can't eat is worth less in Detroit than anywhere else. Someone just put a lot of 15 houses in Detroit up on E-bay with a starting bid of $10K....
 

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You're in Detroit. Anything you can't eat is worth less in Detroit than anywhere else. Someone just put a lot of 15 houses in Detroit up on E-bay with a starting bid of $10K....

If you've never been here, then please stop talking before my blood pressure skyrockets. The media all love to focus on the same four things-the Michigan Central Depot, the Packard Plant, the old Cass Tech, and a busted up house (pick one at random, there are a few to choose from). Quite frankly, it pisses me right the fuck off, because they never bother to mention that the Depot is owned by the same piece of shit billionaire that owns the Ambassador Bridge, and he refuses to fix it up and blocks any attempt by others to fix it up or force him to do it. The Packard Plant makes for catchy images, but no one ever talks about the fact that it would cost a mint to clean the site because it's a superfund site, and the structure is beyond repair (it's actually so bad that the Detroit FD is under standing orders to not enter the building and to let it burn when it catches fire). The old Cass Tech is literally 7 feet from the brand new modern state-of-the-art new Cass Tech, and yet no one will pan the fucking camera to the right.

And the houses... A lot of them are owned by big corporate land speculative that refuse to fix them and refuse to pay their taxes and blight fines, basically taking advantage of the fact that if they don't pay, the city can't afford to come after them. Those 1k and 10k homes are uninhabitable shells that require a lot of environmental clearances to tear down, and that's after you get through the legal ownership issues. The plumbing's been stripped out, the wiring's been stripped out, and they've been open to the elements for however long. They by no means are the entirety of the city, which actually roes have some gold things going on too, like the Eastern Market, the riverfront renovation, and some of the still-stable and vibrant neighbourhoods. Oh, that whole food desert thing is somewhat of a crock, too. You just have to have a car to get anywhere around here.

And that's just the city. Our suburbs are completely normal suburbs with plenty of money. Troy is frequently rated as one of the best cities in the US, and there is a lot of business in Oakland County. Even most of the older inner-ring burbs are nice places, Dearborn being a great example of that.

Sorry if I'm harping on you, but your post comes across as the same dickish dismissal of Detroit that I see all too often. The city still has over 700,000 people in it and the metro region has 5 Million, and we're not all living in 1,000 dollar houses and living like in Mad Max or something.

Edit: I do want to apologize if this post is over the top. I get a bit passionate when people just take cheap potshots at Detroit without knowing the whole story and having never been here. That said, I should have kept it a bit more in check. So, if I was over the top, I apologize.

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