What would be the best way to go about determining the value of my TJ? I am looking to sell it to get an LJ or CJ8.
What I paid for it is definitely not what it's worth now and it has plenty of aftermarket stuff on it. Probably $7k retail worth of parts and accessories. Really, I just don't want to ask too much so that no one contacts me about it. I also don't really know what to ask for it, period.
If you would like to give me some input, I will list what it's got.
1997 TJ, Sport. So, 4.0L engine.
4 inch Rancho Lift kit, flexes very well, as the pictures show
Rancho RS9000 adjustable shocks, these aren't new, probably 4 years old, still adjustable.
Sway bar quick disconnects
Heavy duty steering stabilizer
33x12.5 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar tires, includes a matching spare. 18k miles on these tires, with a new spare, and only ~7k on the right rear(got a flat, warranty replaced it)
No paperwork on the rebuild means it will be irrelevant and considered at the same mileage as the rest of it.
Realistically, the mods shrink your market significantly and you'll probably only get ~30% value on them. Price it the same as a stock Jeep in similar condition and miles, add maybe $3000 for the mods.
I agree on the no paperwork for the engine rebuilt, If you don't know when or if it was rebuilt, then no one can be expected to take ones word.
I would price it with the add ons only getting you about half of what you paid for them.
Check the Kelly blue book for a stock one with that mileage plus half your mods and see if you can agree with the price.
It looks good enough and equipped that you should be able to sell it.
Strip it down. If you have any of the original parts that you took off put it back on. Buyers want plain jane TJs. You will end up with more money in the long run. High mileage cars take longer to sell. The moment you tell them it has a rebuilt engine, they will walk away or want it for far less (rebuilt means someone messed with it). It sends up red flags. Don't tell them it was rebuilt!
As is about $7-$8K because of high mileage and rebuilt engine. Stripped almost plain jane $7-$9K. I know it sounds crazy, but crazy sells. You can make an additional $1k off of the parts. Go on Craigslist and pick up the original bumpers. They tend to go very cheap. Otherwise you will be giving all those expensive accessories away for free.