While backing my dad's tahoe out of the garage today to go out, I clipped the area right above the right front tire with the back of the Tahoe. The Tahoe made it out with no damage while the Jeep wasn't so lucky. I am in the process of selling my Jeep right now and need advice as to what would be my best course of action. First, pictures:
It's a 99 Limited 4x4 with just about every option. It's got 83k and I'm trying to get $11,500 out of it. If I were to try and sell as-is, how much would that knock off of the price? If you guys advise against selling as-is (I don't really feel comfortable selling it with a huge scrape in it), do you think I'll be able to get $11,500 out of it after repairs?
Totaled (2007) 1999 Sienna Pearl WJ Ltd.
Sold 2004 Audi A4
Current 2011 370Z Sport 6MT
I looked up your value on KBB, and without the damage, you're looking at a $10,000 vehilce. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news if that's not what you wanted to hear.
Whenever you are attempting to figure out how much your vehicle is worth, remember that only a 100% not even the tiniest scratch or wear vehicle is worthy of an excellent rating no matter how well you've kept it. Your value is best found by pulling up a good and a fair rating and putting the price somewhere in the middle. Occasionally if you have something that is rare, or find someone who desperately wants your vehicle, you can sell it for more than this, however, that has happened to me only once with the twelve personal vehicles I have sold.
Sorry for the bum luck, get her fixed and I'm sure you'll find someone who wants a nice 4x4.
1985 1 ton K-5, Detroit diesel, 36" tires (going bigger when money permits), 4-speed manual swap, Rockwell T-case, Hybrid lift, 12.5K winch.
Wash and wax it to see how bad it looks. Then take it to a good paint shop...they can do accurate color matching and should be able to fix it very easily.
If I were looking at a used car that had a big scratch, I'd absolutely low-ball an offer...my offer would be for what I thought the vehicle was worth, minus an estimate on having the scratch fixed, minus a few hundred more for the hassle I'd have to go through to get it fixed. But I'd have no problems buying it as is.
I'd definetly shy away from buying a car where it was obvious that the owner did a cheap repair. If the owner went cheap on a repair, then I'd immediately wonder what else the owner went cheap on. I'd much rather buy a car with a big scratch on it than one where there was a cheap repair job...I'd question the entire service/repair history of the vehicle, and would offer even less than what I described above.
Along those lines, be honest about it with the prospective owner if you have it repaired. If the prospective owner asks about repair history, show him pics of the damage and a receipt for the repair. I did that when I sold a car several years ago that had been in a minor accident. The guy who bought it visibly recoiled when I told him that it had been in an accident, but when he saw the pics of the damage and the receipt for the repair, he was visibly relieved...and I got exactly what I was asking for the car.