Well after taking it for yet another run today while Dad was getting his AU serviced, I have decided my next car will (hopefully and most likely) be a BA XR6 Ute. Not sure of details of price, financing etc etc yet, as it's still a good 9-10 months off at least, but to start getting ready I thought I'd ask around for some advice on how to get the best trade-in or sale price for my EFII.
As it is right now, my EFII has:
* Stock 4L engine, no headgasket/cooling/other problems whatsoever, very well maintained - always serviced at regular intervals by Ford.
*HM Headers 2.5" exhaust system from the cat back, around 3000km's old.
*Standard Futura Interior, with trip computer installed.
*Pioneer Headunit (DEH1550, one of the more basic ones) with stock speakers + wiring.
*Lowered suspension with King 'Sport Low' Springs front and rear.
*No rust, minor chips in paint but all are touched up and done properly (maybe 3-4 on whole car max).
*Standard badging removed, AU2 'Futura' badge on rear, holes behind badge properly filled to ensure no water leakage/rust.
*ROH 15X7 'Envy' wheels with near new tyres - would be guessing around 60-70% left in them as they were new when I bought the car.
As some of you know, the car was involved in an accident around a month ago, but the engine/chassis sustained no damage, however near front panels, bonnet, quarter panels and front suspension (I asked for this to be replaced, it only got minor damage in the crash and would have been fine but i felt it best to be replaced and keep it 100% anyway). It also has a new steering rack.
It has around 178,000kms on it, 15,000 of which are mine and I know the previous owners were a retired couple who used the car as a town one, but no towing as it doesnt have a towbar.
I think that's pretty much all the info, if Ive forgotten something let me know what and I'll put it up too, but going by this, and the fact that the current NRMA used vehicle value estimate (I dont trust Redbook) is $9,900 for an EFII, would I be right in asking around $9-10,000 for it?
Also, are there any things I should do or check before it goes?
I agree about Redbook, thats why I dont even bother with them. I asked the guys at the dealership before to estimate trade in price for me, they said around 9k, i dont know how much they'd give me when I actually do trade it though.
I would prefer to sell it privately as I think you're right - more $$$$! I gave it a good go over today, the front shocks will need replacing soon, brake pads + tyres are fine - will last for ages yet, all hoses etc etc are fine too. I guess I should put new shocks in before I sell it?
And also, how much would you be willing to pay for an EF like mine?
Have a look round local car yards, local paper, trading post etc to help you get an idea of window prices. Remember you can always drop the asking price if you're not getting enough interest but also bare in mind if its to high to start with peeps in the market will generally just write you off as a wanker.
Redbook is a guide and the only way of really finding out its true worth is throwing it on the open market.
I bought my EF for $9500 from a yard here, and they have a lot of EF/L's and some Series I AU's NOW, so they should be a pretty good indicator of price. It seems around here that the averages prices are higher than city areas - while some people here have been saying EF's go for around $7k bog stock, they go a bit higher than that here.
I was thinking of also taking it to some of the smaller dealers who dont have many Falcons/Commodores, cos I thought they might be very interested in getting one and they may give me more than what another dealer would. Anyone have any idea whether they might? I will ask them, but always good to have some info to fall back on.
Dealers are out to make money mate so dont be surprised if you get some rude offers.
Take the time to research prices and present the car well for private sale is the best bet. Place an ad in the Trading post and/or local paper motor section. Good luck with it.
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