HELP Advice on selling

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tom_sk
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HELP Advice on selling

Post by tom_sk » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 14:43

A very sad time for me as I have reluctantly decided that I have to part company with my Z3 after over 6 marvellous years of ownership. Osteoarthritis in my knees has got so painful, particularly in my left one, that a journey of more than about 20 miles has ceased to be a pleasure. My cherished e39 5 Series that I bought around the same time will have to go too and I'll be buying one with an auto box.

My Z is a 2.2, in really good nick, 'lowish' mileage (42k) and has a few mods (M seats-with matching door card inserts-, chrome gills, 'Storm'-type gear knob and matching handbrake lever).

My question to you lovely lads & lasses is this: Bearing in mind it's overall condition, would it be more attractive to a buyer if it was 'original'?

I have kept all the parts so could put them back (and offer the mods on this site!). I will have to make a decision soon as now is a good time to sell and I couldn't bear to see it in the garage for another winter!

I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

Thanks, Ian
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colb
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by colb » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 15:09

I would sell it as is with your mods and sell the original stuff, bound to find buyers for the car and parts.
The low mileage is a selling feature can you back it up with service MOT history?
Loads on ebay so stiff competition out there you need to list everything you have done to the car together with service history to make it attractive. Good pictures are also a must. As to price do some research as to what a comparable car sold for.
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by gookah » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 15:16

swap the parts back and sell as original then sell on the extras. More money to be made that way from people that are actually looking for the extras.
If they are left fitted in the car, the buyer of the car may not be that bothered they are in, or even appreciate them and you will get more people after the extras (and willing to pay more) than the bog standard bits.
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by tom_sk » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 16:55

@colb, @gookah thanks very much - just what I was hoping for, two opposing views! Perhaps I should have set up a Poll :)
Either way, SWMBO will be glad not to have to climb over seats and doorcards to get to the cupboards in the spare bedroom!
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by colb » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 18:02

I suppose it depends on how much effort you want to put into selling it and what you want to recoup if you put everything back to standard and sold the special bits. It's probably an age thing with me saying sell as is couldn't really be bothered to spend time changing everything. Maybe your dodgy knees will be a decider?
Will you be replacing it with an automatic, if so swap the parts for putting on the replacement.
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by tom_sk » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 18:48

colb wrote:
Fri 07 Jul, 2017 18:02
...Will you be replacing it with an automatic, if so swap the parts for putting on the replacement.
No, won't be replacing the zed with an auto. I know some people have them but for me you get a lot more from them with a manual box. Really need four seats so will sell both BMWs and get something to replace them both i.e. 200+ bhp and auto box with paddles. Have been looking at Jaguar XF 3-0 but a bit out of my price range at the moment!
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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by gookah » Fri 07 Jul, 2017 19:18

tom_sk wrote:
Fri 07 Jul, 2017 16:55
@colb, @gookah thanks very much - just what I was hoping for, two opposing views! Perhaps I should have set up a Poll :)
Either way, SWMBO will be glad not to have to climb over seats and doorcards to get to the cupboards in the spare bedroom!
happy to help..... :roll:
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I have an element of 'M-styling' on my car, If that's a good enough reason for the manufacturers to adorn a 320 with the M badge, then its certainly a good enough reason for me..

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Re: HELP Advice on selling

Post by srichards » Sun 23 Jul, 2017 15:06

If it's any help I sold my Z3 and ended up replacing it with a 325i convertible tin top automatic. Only thing I don't like are the leather seats as they're very sweaty. The z3 seats were much better in that respect. It's a 3 litre but not the 330 so they're overlooked.

It's a bit of a fat oaf but it's far more laid back than a z3. Boot isn't great unless you have the roof up and the roof stowage thingy out of the way. Then it's quite reasonable.

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