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Better to fix up a car and sell or Sell As-Is?

2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
Leather, Nav, Heated Seats, XM Blah blah blah
72k miles
it's a San Francisco Car - which means it has door dings and bumper has marks on it

Mechanically it's great - could use new suspension and new tires

Should I put new paint on it, get new tires and new suspension and charge a premium or should i sell it as is for cheap? Would I make the money back? Any experience in this? I can't do any of this myself so I would probably be looking at sinking $2k into the car to fix it up to sell for an additional $2k on top of the bottom line $11k I'm looking for
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:21 PM Fahim is offline  
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Put it on Craigslist and then increase the price with each additional listing, sure to sell fast.
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Strange I would think the opposite would be true.

Post on criagslist, start high and go low every posting.

But I guess you would know best.
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Dont bother fixing it because it wont get you the premium you are looking for. Plus spending 2k to get 2k is kind of a wash right? Sell it now while people are looking to buy cars.
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You aren't likely to recoup the money fixing cosmetic issues, and even less likely to come out ahead. Just clean it up as best you can without spending a lot and sell it as-is.

edit- wait....a 2009 model already has a shot suspension? Maybe you mean shocks/struts, but even that shouldn't be worn out yet unless you've been doing some off-roading in your hybrid.
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You aren't likely to recoup the money fixing cosmetic issues, and even less likely to come out ahead. Just clean it up as best you can without spending a lot and sell it as-is.

edit- wait....a 2009 model already has a shot suspension? Maybe you mean shocks/struts, but even that shouldn't be worn out yet unless you've been doing some off-roading in your hybrid.

Don't they normally run out around 50,000 miles? (shocks)
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Meh...it depends on the car & roads.

Heavy cars tend to abuse suspension more. Same goes for shity roads.

At the very most maybe your back shocks are done from carrying the battery around.
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if it needs tires get a cheap set from walmart
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Wouldn't worry about exterior cosmetics, you won't make that back.

Make sure everything mechanical is right with the car - if the back shocks have to be done, I'd do them. Probably wouldn't worry much about the tires if they're still above the wear bars. If the car is wearing the back tires unevenly, look up TSB 08-001 and make sure it's done if it's applicable to the '09 model year.

You want to give the perception that the car has been extremely well taken care of, and you haven't done anything to fuck with the car or its reliability. Make note of the door dings etc when you're selling the car, and don't let people talk you down much on the price because of it.
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Don't they normally run out around 50,000 miles? (shocks)

Nah, only when the car turns 5 years old [/Lurker]
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But I guess you would know best.

Nah, he's a al, and the only thing he knows is how to pound rocks.
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Find some messicans that run a detail shop and get them to clean it really well. Thats all I would do.
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Detailing and maybe dent removal.

No paint or anything else. Most people would never notice replaced suspension and you wouldn't get your money back either.
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Only do work that's cheap, easy, and greatly improves the car.

My cars never have any problems that are cheap and easy to fix (for long), so a good detailing is all they get when they go up for sale.

Absolutely do "cosmetic" things like cleaning carpet stains and wiping clean the door jambs.

I would not fix suspension, tires, or repaint. That's a great way to throw away money and time.
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Here are my auto[m]ay car selling protips from having sold several cars myself.

First and foremost, get it clean. Don't drive it through the automated car wash and vacuum it out. CLEAN it. If you aren't skilled with detailing or don't have a place to wash it, a professional detailing shop can do the whole car for like $150 and it WILL help you sell the car better.

Second - take care of BASIC repairs only (except ones that cause a CEL, see below), and specifically the ones that everybody feels immediately on a test drive and like they say, first impressions are lasting. Mainly:

-front end alignment. If someone gets in for a drive and feels the car pulling one way or the other it's gonna make them think "uh oh, what else has been neglected on this car?"

-tire/wheel balance. Personally I hate. hate hate HATE when people ignore wheel balance problems and have major vibrations when cruising on the freeway. A competent tire shop can make sure it's glassy smooth or identify problems like bad tires (that might have good tread but have belt issues etc)

-any check engine light or other warning lights, even if it's an expensive repair people will freak out about idiot lights being on.
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