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Old 06-30-2012, 01:45 AM   #1
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Advice please about my 2010 Focus S...

Hello!

You folks have been a real help in the past and so I'm asking for help again, if you don't mind.

I went to KBB and Edmunds and tried to see what I could ask for my car but those places want one to jump through a bunch of hoops instead of just letting a person enter the pertinent data and get an answer.

My lovely car has just under 9,000 miles on it and last week, just for the heck of it, I went to the Ford dealership where I bought it a year ago (for $15,109.13 OTD) and they concluded that they'd give me $8,000 for it. It does have some damage to the front of the hood where my motorcycle was shoved into it ... and for them to repair it to where "it's not noticeable" would cost me around $1,000 (which I don't have). So that of course is money I'd have to deduct from what I'd otherwise get.

Other than said damage, the car's if fine condition. I just looked at craigslist and I saw there an '06 with 44,000 miles on it and the person is asking $8,000, albeit it does have more features.

My living situation is in very seriously jeopardy due to having my job outsourced over a year ago and not having been able to get another one. (There's no big demand for 57-year-old schmucks I've learned.) For that reason I need to unload it in a hurry but would like to not take too big of a hit if I can help it (though chances look good that I'll end up going to the dealership and accepting their offer.)

One other thing ... a moment ago I read where someone in this place said it's not a good idea to put seat covers on Focuses like mine because it could keep the airbags (in the seats?) from deploying properly. I have some cheap Walmart ones on it now but don't wish to put whoever buys it in danger if such is true. Any confirmation regarding the matter?

I thank you in advance for any comments!

P.S. Forgive me for being a hog, but, does anyone know if there's a way to get one's ad on craigslist to go back to the top of the list? I won't ask how to do it (if it's possible) as I don't want to take that much of anyone's time, but I am curious. (I put it up a week ago and it's now like on page 4-million.)


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Old 06-30-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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O-55 is about my luck alright. Oh well, thanks anyway.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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^you have to wait a bit to get an answer.


The only way to get your craigslist ad back to the top is to repost it, which you're not supposed to do.

As for your situation, $1000 is insane if the damage is as minor as you describe. Take it to Maaco and get the bumper repaired/ replaced for a few hundred, then go back to try and trade in. The paintwork might not be great, but what do you (or the dealer) care if it's going to someone else.

According to Edmunds, your car in "average condition" is worth $9,000 dealer trade in price.

I don't know what the seat cover thing has to do with anything...
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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^you have to wait a bit to get an answer.


The only way to get your craigslist ad back to the top is to repost it, which you're not supposed to do.

As for your situation, $1000 is insane if the damage is as minor as you describe. Take it to Maaco and get the bumper repaired/ replaced for a few hundred, then go back to try and trade in. The paintwork might not be great, but what do you (or the dealer) care if it's going to someone else.

According to Edmunds, your car in "average condition" is worth $9,000 dealer trade in price.

I don't know what the seat cover thing has to do with anything...
Thanks Much for the feed back, I appreciate.

It hurts to think my car, along with the hood damage, is only worth $9,000. It has so few miles on it....

Maybe I'll just put 4-sale signs in it and put "Best Offer" to see what I get. Man, this being out of work is the pits.

Take Care and, again, Thanks!!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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It's a base model of an economy car sad to say.

I'd put an ad in your local paper:

2010 Ford Focus
9k miles, (maybe some options here)
$10,000 OBO
(xxx)xxx-xxxx

Don't mention S model, or any of the damage in the ad. If they call, talk up good points, maybe mention "there's a few marks on the front bumper" if they ask. The first step is getting someone out to look at it.

Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Okay, thanks for the great suggestions!
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I don't get it. You have a two year old car with a mere 9,000 miles that seems to have no mechanical issues whatsoever (it shouldn't seeing as it's virtually brand new), you're unemployed, don't have $1,000 to fix the damage that it has (no insurance either?), yet you want to get rid of it and get into something else?

I'll assume you are looking to get rid of it because you have a payment on it, but it sounds like you're upside down so you'll either have to stick it out as best as you can or take a massive loss and hold the bag on some used car with a lot more miles and likely older which is just going to be a bag of unknowns.

At least you know what you have, I'd stick with it as long as possible.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #8
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I don't get it. You have a two year old car with a mere 9,000 miles that seems to have no mechanical issues whatsoever (it shouldn't seeing as it's virtually brand new), you're unemployed, don't have $1,000 to fix the damage that it has (no insurance either?), yet you want to get rid of it and get into something else?

I'll assume you are looking to get rid of it because you have a payment on it, but it sounds like you're upside down so you'll either have to stick it out as best as you can or take a massive loss and hold the bag on some used car with a lot more miles and likely older which is just going to be a bag of unknowns.

At least you know what you have, I'd stick with it as long as possible.
Hmmm I thought I've been pretty clear about things, though maybe not.

I absolutely don't want to lose my car. But there's the matter of rent and keeping food on the table. The difficulty for me came in the form of a certain road construction contractor that told me for months in advance that starting in the spring I'd have a GREAT job with him and, thus, I'd have no financial worries. He kept stringing me along and stringing me along to where I got into a situation where I had to sell my beautiful KLR at a ridiculously low price and, yet, I still kept being the obsequious fool and believing him with all the excuses I was hearing but have just in this past week realized that he's an evil person and never intended to give me the job in the first place. On account of him, I lost my unemployment benefits and am now going to have to euthanize my cat and bail out of this place in a hurry PLUS take a giant loss by selling it back my Ford to the dealership for $8,000!

I hope all that makes things a little clearer.

One other thing, I'm toying with the idea of getting the dough from the dealer and heading straight to a certain $25 poker machine (that takes 3 coins loaded up, $75-per-play!) and pray that The Good Lord will have mercy on me by having it pay-out a few full-houses or better ... so I that I can get another Focus AND get into a nice apartment while searching for work.

Desperate people do desperate things.
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or id just take that $8,000, look for a used Acura, Honda or another Focus if you can find one... and by Honda or Acura id mean an Integra or Accord coupe... id shoot for an Integra coupe so at least you have something thats good on gas, fun to drive and has lots of aftermarket support... if thats your thing. w/e used car you buy i'd take it to a shop and have it thoroughly inspected though.
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None of what you said sounds like a remotely good idea. Keep your car. Drive it around as often as you can looking for work. Do the legwork. Other options will wind up costing you more in the long run.
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