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#4611533 - 12/22/17 05:51 PM Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell?
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Registered: 08/05/02
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Loc: Silicon Valley
Near the final episode of father in law getting a new Camry to replace his old Camry.

Currently our area pays you crush a car that fail smog, or a 20 year old car that didn't fail smog. For my FIL's income bracket he would get $1500.

So, if you have a 1997 Camry XLE V6 with 150k miles, that is in "good" exterior and interior condition (minor scratches and discoloration, leather is a bit stained from ink but not cracked or worn through, rattle can sprayed rear bumper), CEL on (comes and goes according to FIL) and some piston slap noise under the hood, functional mechanical other than warm start problem, maybe some minor oil leak under the hood), would you say it is worth trying to sell for more than $1500? I think BlueBook said private party sales is around $1500 but I think people in Toyota Nation is trying to sell something similar for $4000 (which I think is too high).



Edited by PandaBear (12/22/17 05:55 PM)
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#4611536 - 12/22/17 05:56 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Fix it and sell it.

Be sure to do PROPER troubleshooting before repairs!
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#4611548 - 12/22/17 06:06 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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I'd take the $1500 and move on. Think the best you'd get for it $2200 after you fix it. Just not worth the headache to me.
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#4611551 - 12/22/17 06:12 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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#4611555 - 12/22/17 06:16 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Could you donate it and get a tax deduction? Seems a shame to crush it when a needy family might could fix it and drive it.

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#4611558 - 12/22/17 06:17 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Crush it but only if you can watch
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#4611560 - 12/22/17 06:18 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: gman2304]
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Originally Posted By: gman2304
Could you donate it and get a tax deduction? Seems a shame to crush it when a needy family might could fix it and drive it.


Not going to happen here as the charity has to sell it and let you deduct the amount they sell for, and FIL is not high earner so it doesn't work for him.
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#4611563 - 12/22/17 06:27 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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$1,500 is more than enough for that car. Just be done with it
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#4611569 - 12/22/17 06:33 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Id sell it privately. No point sending a perfectly serviceable car to get junked. I would rather sell it, "as is" to someone for 2 grand, then to scrap it. But everyone has their own opinion. If I lived near you, Id take it off your hands for 2 grand. You wouldnt have a use for it as a 2nd car? For that price, it fairly low mile, likely low rust.. and could probably run well still for a few years maybe more.. At the end of the day, its up to you. You will get more for it selling independently though.
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#4611577 - 12/22/17 06:43 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: Rolla07]
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Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Id sell it privately. No point sending a perfectly serviceable car to get junked. I would rather sell it, "as is" to someone for 2 grand, then to scrap it. But everyone has their own opinion. If I lived near you, Id take it off your hands for 2 grand. You wouldnt have a use for it as a 2nd car? For that price, it fairly low mile, likely low rust.. and could probably run well still for a few years maybe more.. At the end of the day, its up to you. You will get more for it selling independently though.


The clause of the buyback program will leave it in the junkyard for 30 days so public can buy it off the lot for the price paid ($1500) to prevent perfectly good car from getting crushed.

I already have 3 cars and to be honest I do not like V6, nor a car that my FIL has been neglecting. If it was my own dad's car I might be interested. He traded in a 01 Taurus SEL in excellent condition for only $2500, so I doubt a Camry in the condition listed will fetch $2200.

If I were to take it off my FIL's hand it would be left in the weather for 10 years so my daughter can use it as the 1st car at 16. It would probably be in way worse shape than now, so not really worth it.


Edited by PandaBear (12/22/17 06:44 PM)
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#4611609 - 12/22/17 07:20 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Let it go PB, age and condition make it an iffy proposition. Pushing 20yrs old and abused doesn't augur well.
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#4611612 - 12/22/17 07:22 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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This car sounds pretty beat and neglected, so I'd take the fifteen bills and run.
If someone wants to buy it as a project for that kind of coin, great.
At least you're out of the picture.
Sell the car directly and you may have an angry rap on the door late one night from the buyer who'll claim you failed to disclose the car's known problems and you owe them their money back.
Not worth the small marginal gain on sale you'll get.
So the old guy talked you into to buying him a new Camry?
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#4611636 - 12/22/17 07:46 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Sell and dont look back
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#4611652 - 12/22/17 08:18 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Registered: 05/30/10
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Today, I gave my 93 olds ciera to a family that could not afford a car. I had decent tires on it, and it only had 85k on it. They were ecstatic. The family had hard times and the dad had been laid off, and now had a low paying job.
Go through a church and see if anyone needs a free car, make sure it does not need repairs they can't afford. You will feel good helping someone.

Sometimes what we consider a beater car, is a gold mine to someone else in need.

I am now driving the hyundai. I liked the ciera better, but I had too many cars and had to pare down.


Edited by spasm3 (12/22/17 08:19 PM)
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#4611658 - 12/22/17 08:30 PM Re: Crush for $1500 or sell as is / fix then sell? [Re: PandaBear]
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Sorry to hear you're still dealing with this situation. Based on your previous posts there's a question whether he'll take your recommendation. Maybe determine the path of least stress for you, propose it and step away.

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