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Old 11-04-2016, 06:06 PM   #21
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No one (private party/craigs list) is going to buy a car that doesn't go down the road.

If I couldn't fix it cheap I would donate it to a charity that will tow it away. Or sell it to a junk yard (now known as an auto parts recycling center) that will tow it away.
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:10 PM   #22
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There are loads on "non running" cars sold on C list and others.

I've bought a few myself. Repaired and sold/ drove them. There are lot of people out there that have more skill/time than money.

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No mention of the OPs car make and model which is hugely relevant in terms of 1) what to do with it and 2) how it might sell against KBBs value. Many cars sell below and some above. Desirable cars like Toyotas and Hondas will sell well, and may even sell decently "broken" if the repair is truly somewhat trivial from a labor presepctive. OTOH, less desireable cars (usually minvans, and "boats" like Buicks, Taurus', GM sedans) are pretty worthless and there is no way I would recommend sinking a dime into them. I do all the maintenance work on the 7 vehicles we own, and over the last 10 years have probably bought ans sold nearly 20 cars with the kids growing and needing transpo, etc. Make and model are very important.

One other thing worth noting, selling a car on C list that is sub, say, $3000 will gain you interactions with often the less than desirable public.
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There are loads on "non running" cars sold on C list and others.

I've bought a few myself. Repaired and sold/ drove them. There are lot of people out there that have more skill/time than money.

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How about that? Advertise on Craiglist "Car runs well, AC cold, etc... but needs shifter or won't go past 2nd gear. $1000 OBO". See if you get any taker.
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Also, I use cars.com a lot to gauge common asking/selling prices in my area. Works well if you go 150 miles from you (a search criteria) and especially if it is a fairly common model. You can also weed out private sales from dealers....
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Old 11-04-2016, 10:28 PM   #26
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Thanks for the replies so far. I'm really torn on this. If I could get the repair done for $700 or so, I'd almost certainly do it, because that would allow me to net close to $1,000 on a trade in deal.
So you're stressing out over $400? Unless you are truly financially strapped, put me in the camp of having the repair done and get on with the next car. You have a mechanic that you say you trust so accept that the repair will be $1,100 and your net will be $600. As was said earlier, put this into the equation of how much the car cost you over 17 years and it will really put this in perspective. It's a minor bump in the road that came at a bad time (just before you pulled the trigger on a new car) but you won't remember it once you're in the new car. Spend your time saving all you can on that end of the deal.
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No mention of the OPs car make and model which is hugely relevant in terms of 1) what to do with it and 2) how it might sell against KBBs value. Many cars sell below and some above. Desirable cars like Toyotas and Hondas will sell well, and may even sell decently "broken" if the repair is truly somewhat trivial from a labor presepctive. ...
If the details were posted, I would try consulting the manufacturers service manuals to sort out the VIN programming issues.

I have been in old car repair mode the last couple of weeks.

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Yeah, is it some kind of secret what kind of car we're talking about. Seems like we're talking about a car worth around 2K trade? If that's the case,

Do you have other transportation? If not, you about have to fix it anyway. If not, I'd try and sell it "as is" on C-list.

I don't know, you seem to really want to trade it in. I know it's convenient but you do pay for that convenience.

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Really appreciate all the replies. I haven't divulged the specific make and model since it's quite rare to see on the road (I see maybe 1-2 per week while I'm out and about driving) and I generally try to preserve as much anonymity as I can online.

I do have other transportation, so time is not an issue, and I can certainly go through the process of shopping for my new car without involving the broken one. It's starting to seem like the best approach for me will be to try to sell it as-is to a private party, and failing that either try a DIY repair or just donate it. As Jerry1 pointed out, the difference between an excellent trade-in deal ($1,600) and a bad one ($600-800) is less than a thousand bucks, so it's not the end of the world by any means. And since I've had the car nearly 17 years and it's served me well with pretty minimal maintenance, I can live with a sub-optimal outcome if I have to.
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Really appreciate all the replies. I haven't divulged the specific make and model since it's quite rare to see on the road (I see maybe 1-2 per week while I'm out and about driving) and I generally try to preserve as much anonymity as I can online.

I do have other transportation, so time is not an issue, and I can certainly go through the process of shopping for my new car without involving the broken one. It's starting to seem like the best approach for me will be to try to sell it as-is to a private party, and failing that either try a DIY repair or just donate it. As Jerry1 pointed out, the difference between an excellent trade-in deal ($1,600) and a bad one ($600-800) is less than a thousand bucks, so it's not the end of the world by any means. And since I've had the car nearly 17 years and it's served me well with pretty minimal maintenance, I can live with a sub-optimal outcome if I have to.
Yes, plus the $1600 "trade in isn't really $1600. The $700 cash someone gives you is real.

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How about that? Advertise on Craiglist "Car runs well, AC cold, etc... but needs shifter or won't go past 2nd gear. $1000 OBO". See if you get any taker.
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I would try this first, as you would probably net the same if you go through the risk/hassle of fixing it and then selling it for $1,000 more.

And as someone has noted. trade in values are pretty fake.
Any dealer will give you $500 for it now on trade in as they would go down that much with hours of resistance negotiating.
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One of the best reasons to purchase a newer car is to get the improved safety features like skid control, more airbags, collision detection system, etc. LBYM is great for some things, but one's life and health have a value that goes beyond mere money.
Plus one million. It is ludicrous to stretch the life of something with life and death importance as a car has.

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One of the best reasons to purchase a newer car is to get the improved safety features like skid control, more airbags, collision detection system, etc. LBYM is great for some things, but one's life and health have a value that goes beyond mere money.
An advanced driving course that teaches driver control and awareness will provide more benefit and will also cost less money than a new car....and the benefits will carry forward to every single vehicle you drive.
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One of the best reasons to purchase a newer car is to get the improved safety features like skid control, more airbags, collision detection system, etc. LBYM is great for some things, but one's life and health have a value that goes beyond mere money.
One feature in particular my new car has is side blindspot detection, that turns a light on in the rear view mirror when a vehicle is in the blind spot in an adjacent lane. After having several near misses when changing lanes I decided it was needed. Note however that there are kits that can be used to install this in older vehicles.
The other nice feature in all 2016 and later is they all come with backup cameras also. (Will be mandatory on cars in 2018).
I do figure as I get older the features will help to keep driving safely.
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When my car need transmission repair (first car in 30 vehicles with bad tranny), my friend, the used car salesman told me to fix it, drive it 11 months into the 12 mo. warranty, then sell it (getting the most money back from $2,900 repair job-a Lexus).

My wise old uncle once told me the best time to get a new car is before you need it, to keep the pressure off and look for the best deal.

By fixing and driving for another 6 months or so, you might just get most of your money back and be free to shop for a new car without pressure.

Of course, something else could break in the meantime.....
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I'm late, but here are my thoughts. By now (17 yrs) you have gotten the full value out of the car, so any money you get from changing horses now is gravy, repaired or not. The broken car is probably worth ~300 bucks to the scrapper and 500-5,000 in phony "trade-in" value, depending on the car salesman's presentation. It is difficult to use any of these numbers as "real" except for the scrap value. If repairing, you will then end up with one part fixed on a 17 yr old car. Who knows what, if anything, is next to go? I might do well or not. I might as well go the Vegas, as the results is anybody's guess.

I don't look at the cost of the repair vs the trade-in value of the car (fixed or broken), I compare the cost of the repair against what it cost to replace the vehicle "in kind". If I were faced with this decision, the question I would ask myself is, "Do I really want to invest in another 17 yr old used car to replace my 17 yr old used car?"

Considering replacing it with a "new" or "late model used" is a different decision and is a separate financial transaction. At least, for me.

(disclosure) I recently purchased a low mileage 16 yr old vehicle and promptly sunk >2K more in to repairs fixing the myriad of things needing repair (done my me, dealer's cost would have been real prohibitive). I still think it was a good decision as it met other requirements for me. So I'm not against old vehicles. Just not for my primary vehicles.
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Newer cars are far safer than a car of that age. Unless constrained by dire economics I would opt to get a newer car that is more safe (it could be new or a used car, but just something within the last few years).
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It's starting to seem like the best approach for me will be to try to sell it as-is to a private party, and failing that either try a DIY repair or just donate it.
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Oh, good idea. To me, time and aggravation is worth a lot. Given the hassle of trying to sell to a private party, and the hassle of DIY repair, I think that your idea to donate it is brilliant!! Not only would you be doing some good for a charitable organization, but also you might even find the tax deduction useful.
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I am curious to know what make/model of 17 yr old car requires a replacement shifter to be calibrated with the ECM. That info could be useful to me since I am attracted to older oddball cars.
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