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Preparing to farewell Jeff

Plans are being developed, and one of the things I have decided is that I will be selling Jeff.

I have had my car for over 10 years now, as I bought him brand new on the 11th of February, 1997. He was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and also one of the worst.

Best in that Brisbane public transport is not that good, and having access to your own transport makes life in Brisbane a hell of a lot easier.

Worst in that he's actually too small for me, and ten years of driving a car that's too small has contributed considerably to my bad back. The problem is that I'm so used to having him now that I doubt very much I could cope without having a car.

However, since I'm going to be turning my life upside down when I move, I may as well go the whole way.

Travis did a bit of research and said it would cost about $450 to transport a small car from Brisbane to Melbourne, a bit much for me to really want to do, and the only other alternative would be driving him down there, and there is no way I could survive a 1600km drive over the two days in him.

So that leaves the alternative of get rid of him up here and don't take him with me. So, that's what I'm going to do.

That decision leaves a whole mess of new questions. Firstly, what do I need to do with him before I sell? I haven't exactly treated him the best over the years, and he no longer looks as good as he used to. How much should I get repaired before I sell, and how much can I leave?

There are two main issues that might need looking at. Firstly, one of the front lights is trying to fall out. On each side at the front there are two light fixtures. There is the big one that is the head lights, and then there is the smaller one that's on the corner that has the indicators and the like. The bracket holding in the smaller one on the left (passenger side) has broken, and if it wasn't for the duct tape, the only thing holding it in would be the wiring, something I consider a bad thing. So, a question to the people who know cars in the audience, is it something I should fix before I sell? If so, how? Is it something I can do myself? Where would I buy the parts? What are the parts? Or should I just take it to Hyundai and get them to fix it?

Second issue is the scratches and dings. There is damage to every panel from the front drivers side door, all the way back, and all the way along the rear. There's no damage to the front or passenger side, just the back and drivers side.

Most of it is little things, but it's enough that every single panel would need to be repaired or replaced. I got a verbal quote when I took Jeff in for the repairs after someone ran into him late 2005 (their insurance paid for it) and they said it would be around $1500 to fix all the damage, but that was if the insurance repairs were done at the same time, so it would be probably more than that on it's own. The question is, should I bother with repairing any of it?

And the final thing I need to work out is how do I sell him, and for how much? Do I take him to a car yard and do it the easy way (and probably get less than I could otherwise), or sell him myself? How much? Since I need a car until I actually leave, when should I put him up for sale? Lots of questions.

Anyway, anyone with any information that might help, please let me know. I haven't got a clue in this area.

For those who are interested, here's his details:

Hyundai Excel Sprint
3 door hatch
1997 model
107,600 kms at the moment (less than 110,000 by the time I move)
Bluish Red in colour
Automatic, no A/C
Tinted windows.
Cassette player.

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paradigmshifty
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
If you need him up until the time you leave, then the caryard is the best bet. The lower amount you get is the price you pay for the convenience of being able to walk in and say "Take it" instead of having to work to a buyer's timetable, along with advertising, waiting for calls etc etc, which are other worries you won't want at that particular time.
aeduna
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
fwiw, in Victoria you'd need a roadworthy certificate to sell the car with a valid registration. Not sure of the situation in Queensland, but it sounds like it wouldn't pass by a long shot....
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Hmm... I don't know how I gave that impression.

As far as I know, the only thing about Jeff that might not pass is the light that's only hanging on by a piece of duct tape and wiring. Everything else is sound, it just doesn't look the best.

As far as I am aware, since he's registered I don't need a roadworthy, but I'll check that out.
aeduna
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Er, cos I wasn't paying 100% attention? :)
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Who? What?

Did I miss something? :)
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks for the heads up.

I need a safety certificate if I intend to sell privately, and they are valid for 2 months/2,000 km from the date obtained.
aeduna
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
No probs - figured it might be something like that. The Victorian ones can get a bit fussy too, about stuff that's primarily aesthetic... hopefully you won't hit that (esp if you like your mechanic :))
pastryproducts
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, basically you wont get jack for it in a car yard, especially with the dings. Sounds like it might sell well for a first car for someone (especially if someone up there can sit on it till it sells). You probably wanna talk to
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Yeah, basically you wont get jack for it in a car yard, especially with the dings. Sounds like it might sell well for a first car for someone (especially if someone up there can sit on it till it sells). You probably wanna talk to <lj-user="psuedonym777">, he's the car man, isn't he?
pastryproducts
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Wow, my LJ tag knowledge sucks.
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Meh. It's fairly easy to break them if you don't know them off by heart. There's no space between "lj" and "user".

That's why I always preview my entries before posting if I'm using any LJ markup.
paradigmshifty
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
There's meant to be a space. He's just got one of those rarities, an intact hyphen.
pastryproducts
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
...

I have nothing...nope, nothing, no retort...zero.

You bring a tear to my eye...
paradigmshifty
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Hopefully that's a good thing :-)
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, he was the person I will hopefully be talking to.
psuedonym777
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Generally speaking, the resale on that car is:

Average Private Price+ $1,700 - $3,900
Trade In Price Guide+ -
Average km+ 160000 - 200000
Price When New (RRP)+ $15,748

Which means you will be looking at $4,000 for a perfect car. A car yard will probably offer you $2k or less. Basically I would suggest fixing only what needs to be done for roadworthy. Then take whatever you can get for it. It's a perfectly good car for a first time driver. I would suggest paradigmshifty has the right idea, stay with it till you are moving, then sell it the day you actually move to a car yard. That way you can get the deal all hammered out in advance and not be without a car when you are finishing up your move. *nods*
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Thanks. I kind of needed someone who knew what they were talking about, since I certainly don't.
halloranelder
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Hmm...

Thinking of listing him on carsales.com.au for a bit at a higher price than that, and if I'm lucky I'll get it, if not I'll sell to a yard.
psuedonym777
Feb. 20th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Sounds fair to me. When you do it, select cheque payment, and write down the ad id. Then call me. :o)
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