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Old 12-11-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default appraisal of my 2004 wrx for sale to private party

I am thinking for selling my 2004 black impreza wrx.

It is black, here's what's wrong with it:

-power steering is gone, pump needs to be replaced i think
-oxidation and tar spots on car
-spoiler is kinda of loose
-front right seat has a tear and steering wheel has cuts in it
-interior light on tacho is burned out
-has 288,000 miles, old was replaced at 220,000 with a used engine that had 75,000 miles from the junkyard
-fog lights burned out

good:
-has somewhat brand new wheels and tires.
-fair condition price from kbb is 4,671.

It is no longer my daily driver, but is this price low or high of 4,671? i spent about $2500 over the summer because i had some engine work done.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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I'd say that KBB price is optimistic. If the description is accurate, it sounds like you're selling a very, very used up car.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:48 PM   #3
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I'd say that KBB price is optimistic. If the description is accurate, it sounds like you're selling a very, very used up car.
While I agree with all of the above, there aren't many WRXs going for that cheap. I think some kid with $4500 that wants a WRX would be dumb enough to jump into this with no mechanical knowledge. Doesn't hurt to try!
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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While I agree with all of the above, there aren't many WRXs going for that cheap. I think some kid with $4500 that wants a WRX would be dumb enough to jump into this with no mechanical knowledge. Doesn't hurt to try!
I'd recommend replacing the power steering and trying it at that price. it's the one thing someone might really care about that's wrong with the car. I do agree with that $4,500 if you do that. Otherwise I'd expect a bit less on it (Personally, I wouldn't pay that but someone might). But mtarr07 has a great point, you don't find many that cheap.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #5
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You don't find many that cheap, but they also don't have 288,000 miles on them either. I bought my 2005 Forester XT two years ago with 34,000 on it from a dealership, for $15,400 and it was pristine. So an older car with problems and more than 8x the mileage, not to mention a junk yard motor with over 140k on it and I think it'll be a hard sell. You could probably find a dumbass kid to buy it, but I personally would have a morale dilema with that. If you don't...by all means go for it.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:32 PM   #6
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thank you everyone. the cheapest wrx stickshift is going for 5800 in northern va. let me see what i can do about the power steering.i fogot to mention the back bumper paint is peeling off.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #7
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thank you everyone. the cheapest wrx stickshift is going for 5800 in northern va. let me see what i can do about the power steering.i fogot to mention the back bumper paint is peeling off.
I know that a lot of dealerships will give you the full blue book value for some trade-ins if you still are looking for that DD to replace the WRX with. Just a thought. I got an extra $500 on mine because I negotiated hard. It was a 2000 Saturn LS BB value of $1,500 and I got $2,000 for it

That was 2 years ago when I traded it in for my old 2012 STi.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:06 PM   #8
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-fair condition price from kbb is 4,671.
Now if only you had a fair condition car you'd be set. What does KBB say the price should be for poor condition?
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:54 PM   #9
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Now if only you had a fair condition car you'd be set. What does KBB say the price should be for poor condition?
Why do you say it's poor? it's inline with their website.

from their website
Requires some mechanical repairs - only needs power steering fixed.
The paint and bodywork may require refinishing and body repair
The engine compartment has leaks and may require repairs
May have some repairable rust damage
The body has dents, chips, and/or scratches
The interior has substantial wear, and may have small tears
Wheels may be warped or bent, have major scratches, scrapes, or pitting and require replacement - my tires are new with new rims
The tires may not match and need replacing
Needs servicing, but is still in reasonable running condition with a clean title history - car is driveable and ready to be used.
A few service records are available
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:19 PM   #10
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I know that a lot of dealerships will give you the full blue book value for some trade-ins if you still are looking for that DD to replace the WRX with.
Sure, but they'll just adjust the sale price of the new car accordingly.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:59 AM   #11
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Sure, but they'll just adjust the sale price of the new car accordingly.
That wasn't the case when I traded mine in. I push quite hard while negotiating and almost backed out a few times because I didn't like the deal.

In this scenario though, I'd either do that, scrap for parts or rebuild the thing($$). Without putting more work and money, it will be hard to reclaim the value. That's my opinion.
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Old 01-19-2015, 11:53 PM   #12
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I just did a search on craigslist and there are not that many used for sale - the cheapest i see is

5200
5900
7000
7500
12000

Our cars sale for a premium right?
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:20 AM   #13
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Well.... it's worth what some individual is worth paying for it.

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:48 AM   #14
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That wasn't the case when I traded mine in. I push quite hard while negotiating and almost backed out a few times because I didn't like the deal.
In your specific case maybe not, but that doesn't make it a rule. And, probably, because your trade-in was so cheap in the first place and was just going straight to auction.

Scummy dealers work the way I described, they just move the numbers around. It's more common than not.

FWIW, when I bought my 2012 Outback I was trading in a 12 year old Saturn SC2 with 69k miles. It had a dent in the hood, busted map lights and a badly sagging headliner. They quoted me $1800 for it but when pushed they gave me $2k. They had already given me a great price on the Outback.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:51 AM   #15
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I just did a search on craigslist and there are not that many used for sale - the cheapest i see is

5200
5900
7000
7500
12000

Our cars sale for a premium right?
And this is the description of the $5200 car.

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Selling my WRX wagon. Body is in great condition as is the interior. Brand new alternator, radiator hoses, front brakes, rear brakes, front rotors, rear rotors, front calipers, new battery. It has 160000 miles on it and still shifts great. I no longer need car because I bought a blazer and I'm fixing that up.
The cons
The care has a slight misfire in cylinder 3, it needs new spark plugs and wires, the O2 sensor also needs to be replaced. The two issues throw a check engine light and I just don't have the time to fix the issues. It is very fun to drive and handled great. No shaking, alignment and oil change just done along with a coolant flush. The radiator has been replaced within the last 30k miles and the timing belt was replaced at 140k.
It's a solid car, has its issues but is overall a great car. Sad to let it go but I can't keep 2 vehicles and need to buy my fiancÚ a car so she can get back and forth with our newborn son. She doesn't like how "fast" this car is and says it must go. I'm asking for 5200 but shoot me an offer and please no Low ball offers. I work as a mechanic and know that fixing these issues would cost about 300 dollars and you'd have a pretty much new car.
At face value this car is in a hell of a lot better shape than yours...
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:11 AM   #16
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And this is the description of the $5200 car.

At face value this car is in a hell of a lot better shape than yours...
All things considered, it would make a nicer shell... But that misfire code.

That said, I'd rather deal with a misfire on a 2.0 car than power steering AND rust/tar
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #17
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All things considered, it would make a nicer shell... But that misfire code.

That said, I'd rather deal with a misfire on a 2.0 car than power steering AND rust/tar
that is a wagon though.

i just checked the power steering price on ebay, only about $150.

rust/tar - i don't have rust spots. i'm going to take it to a detailer to get the tar spots removed

here's my odomoter:
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:06 PM   #18
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update, i think i'm just going to keep the car. had a couple of people message me, but nothing much.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:06 PM   #19
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taking pictures while driving..... tisk tisk! lol
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:01 PM   #20
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This is just an update, my car is in the shop right now. fixing my power steering with new pump and lines from subaru, put in a basically brand new STI steering wheel from 05, fixed all the lights and bulbs, brand new oem subaru clutch and flywheel, brand new brakes and rotors.

I'm getting a short throw shifter installed from kartboy. Next up is a mishimoto radiator, leather seats install from Katzkin and then I plan to get a paint job.

Getting excited to drive it once it gets out of the shop

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