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Old 05-19-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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Focus depreciation and resale Q's

As we all know by now, the focus has a pretty high depreciation rate. I was looking to trade up to an SVT. The dealer only offered me $7,500. The kelley blue book on it is $11,650. I got comparisons from Toyota, and GM. Toyota gave me the best trade value $9,500. Im just wondering why Toyota offered me more than Ford.

Anyways, Im looking to selling my catch to upgrade to an SVT, or maybe swing the new F-150 4x4. Could I sell my car myself for $10-11,000? When I bought it a year ago it was $16,500 and it only has 23,*** miles on it, w/ auto air, etc.

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You might be able to get that much but most people don't have $10K-11K cash and usually finance the car.

There's a local dealer that is selling a ZX5 with 24K miles and some options for $11,500.
This is a no-haggle dealer and you pay the sticker price and they usually are the cheapest in town.

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Did you try doing the Private Party Value at KBB ?

I did a sample search and this is what I got.
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2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Hatchback 2D

Engine: 4-Cyl. 2.0 Liter 16V
Trans: 5 Speed Manual
Drive: Front Wheel Drive
Mileage: 24,000

Equipment
Air Conditioning
Power Steering
Power Door Locks
Cruise Control
AM/FM Stereo
Single Compact Disc
Premium Sound
Dual Front Air Bags
Front Side Air Bags
Rear Spoiler
Premium Wheels



Consumer Rated Condition: Excellent
"Excellent" condition means that the vehicle looks great, is in excellent mechanical condition and needs no reconditioning. It should pass a smog inspection. The engine compartment should be clean, with no fluid leaks. The paint is glossy and the body and interior are free of any wear or visible defects. There is no rust. The tires are the proper size and match and are new or nearly new. A clean title history is assumed. This is an exceptional vehicle.


Private Party Value Search Local Listings for This Car $9,315

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Old 05-19-2004, 11:28 AM   #4
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Hey, thanks, i went the and put it in w/ auto. It came out to about $9,930. But, have any of you guys seen focus's sold for this by a private party?

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Old 05-19-2004, 12:45 PM   #5
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here is mine.. kind of dissapointing since I still owe $13,600 :(


Engine: 4-Cyl. 2.0 Liter 16V
Trans: 5 Speed Manual
Drive: Front Wheel Drive
Mileage: 19,000




Equipment
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Power Windows
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Cruise Control
AM/FM Stereo
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Leather
Moon Roof
Rear Spoiler
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Consumer Rated Condition: Excellent
"Excellent" condition means that the vehicle looks great, is in excellent mechanical condition and needs no reconditioning. It should pass a smog inspection. The engine compartment should be clean, with no fluid leaks. The paint is glossy and the body and interior are free of any wear or visible defects. There is no rust. The tires are the proper size and match and are new or nearly new. A clean title history is assumed. This is an exceptional vehicle.


Private Party Value Search Local Listings for This Car $12,080
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Yea the dealer will rip you for trade in cost. But remember they are looking at making a profit. So if they give you 8K they sell it for 10-11K, it's just the way it works.
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:22 PM   #7
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Yeah, a few months back they sold a car exactly like mine w/o the tints, and 10k more miles for $13,000. They probably gave them around $8,000. I guess the best bet is to just sell it myself.

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Yea it's better to try and sell it out right first. But sometimes if you find a good dealer they will work some good numbers for you. If you don't like the hassel of selling it your self then trading it in can be better. Just tell them what you want for the car and if they don't like your number walk out. Alot of times they deal higher numbers to you before looseing a sale
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