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I'm giving some very serious thought to buying a new car and I'm wondering.. how hard would it be for me to sell my current car considering how so many are out of work right now.. what might I expect to get for it in its current condition, I'm hoping around $2,500 or $2,000? Am I right in thinking a dealership isn't going to give me very much for it if I traded it in KBB is saying around $1,500 side of the road value?? I've listed the good vs the bad and put up a few pictures.

What I have is:

Good:
1998 Mercury Tracer GS (Basic Model)
95,500 on the clock
Automatic Transmission
Paint in great shape
Interior in near perfect shape
Oil changes done on schedule
CD/MP3/SD/USB basic stereo (still better than stock lol)
Manual locks and doors
Power steering

Not so Good:
Minor scuff front right bumper
Paint wrinkle (small) back left bumper
The vacuum leak issue!
Ball joints likely need replaced (has been checked at a shop, not an issue if u don't mind the squeak sound)
no rear defrost!!!

That's the good and bad for my car, otherwise everything else is in good shape, runs perfectly has the stupid vacuum leak issue that I've given up trying to fix. I didn't get any maintenance history with this car when I bought it but have had the following done professionally at a shop:
New A/C, 3 Motor Mounts replaced Timing Belt and Tensioner done at 84,400, PCV valve and hose assembly replaced, battery replaced in June 2009.

I'd take it in for a once over again before putting it out for sale so the oil and fluids would be checked and topped up/replaced, tires properly inflated, cleaned properly inside and out and just to be sure everything is ready to go for the next owner.

Pictures are below!! Not all pictures are recent, I've no camera at the minute to take anymore but the car still looks just the same except I put on a new set of hubcaps as the old ones (original) were cracked and broken.






Most Recent Picture about 2 months old





 

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Can't really say what it would bring, but you would be better off selling it than trading it in. Usually unless you are trading in a very late model low mileage car you can negotiate as much off of a new car as they claim they are giving you for your used one. A few years ago in '05 I was actually able to negotiate a better deal on a new Grand Marquis that another dealer was willing to give me trading in a '96 Contour. Your car looks to be a really clean car, so I would start the price out a few hundred higher than I was actually wanting for it then you could negotiate the price with a buyer. I would probably start the price off a few hundred below retail book value and go from there. It's always a good idea to start higher than you expect to receive. You can always drop the price, but if you realize you're too cheap on it you can't go up after you have already quoted the person a price. It all depends on how motivated the buyer is as to what you will get for it.
 

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are you including the stereo? thats a selling point. being that its an auto it would be ideal for a first car, since many kids dont wanna learn stick nowadays for some reason.

but id say 1800, i havent seen many escorts around 2000, around here anyway, and it is a base model. if it was a zx2 you could get away with substantially more i think. but id say post as 2000 and someone is going to say, 1700 or 1800 you know so yeah post at 2000 in my opinion.

slick car by the way
 

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That sounds like what I’ve heard about the dealers, they don’t offer much on a trade in. Anyway I’d much rather see someone else get this car and cut out the middle man if possible. Correct this does include the stereo, it’s not a fancy stereo but it does play CD, MP3/WMA has SD slot, USB slot and the all important Aux in port so it’s very “iPod friendly”. This car is actually my first car over here in the US (I’m originally from Ireland) and it being an auto has helped me on the roads here but I’d much rather go back to driving a manual if I can. Seems there’s a decent amount of power lost on the auto’s. I think your right this would make a perfect teenagers first car, it’s an auto, has decent miles on it, ipod ready, actually get’s decent mpg and it isn’t a station wagon! lol

I’d be nice to get $2,500 for this car but it’s unlikely even if it is a good car it’s 11 years old after all and correct it is a base model. I’m thinking and hoping to get around $2,200 or even $1,900 anything lower and I’d be tempted to just trade it and not invest the time in selling it. I’m thinking of pricing to start at $2,700 and let the haggling begin! I don’t want to price too high and scare people off although I hope $2,700 won’t scare too many off!
 

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$2700 is going to scare some people off. $2300 would be a better starting point.
 

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madmatt2024 said:
$2700 is going to scare some people off. $2300 would be a better starting point.
$2,700 will scare people away? Now that I think about it that might be a tiny bit on the high side. I've seen cars that would scare the devil himself selling for $1,500 lol.. I'll have another look around at whats on the side of the road and check their prices. You could be right with your suggestion. Now if I still do sell next is the hard part, the haggling with people over price and the self proclaimed experts that find all manner of things that are not wrong with the car in order to squeeze a few more dollars off the price. I don't blame them cash is tight for everyone.
 

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Ok I got just for the sake of it I got the most recent history report on my car. It's identical to the report I got way back when I bought it... Am I reading this right? there's my record the top of the list where I bought it with 75k on the clock and below that the other record it was titled when it had 25k on the clock but shows nothing for who had it from 0 - 25k? Is that right or am I reading this wrong? I'll likely just pull a car fax and another one of these when and if I do decide to sell.

 
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