Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Boulder, CO
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I didn't pull the cab and chassis because they are different, you are correct. Fact is, dealers really go to Manheim site, where I went to see what they will pay for it. They couldn't care less if it is well maintained or not maintained at all, as long as nothing is broken on it. To them, it is just a piece of metal with a value within a range. They only care if it looks good so it will shine when they detail it and it isn't leaking anything, smoking or making any funny noises. You are better to take all of your stuff off, they will give you nothing for it. They actually prefer not to get it. It creates too many questions around how was it installed, is it good quality, etc. Bone stock will almost always bring the most money. Car dealers operate only with minimal effort. It is just inventory, if they can buy the same vehicle at auction for 20% less, they are going to do it. It is always hard when there is an emotional attachment to a vehicle ( i take great care of it, always wax it, only use the best fluids, etc). The problem is that there is zero emotional attachment to these for dealers. If you go to Manheim on a lease return day, you can watch all of the buyers from local dealers shop the inventory. They carry a laptop where they enter VIN, mileage condition and a few other items. The computer spits out a value and that is what they will pay, not a penny more. It is pretty amazing to watch 300+ Grand Cherokee lease returns run through an auction in a matter of a few hours. It is only about the auction value, nothing else.
2011 F350, CC, SB, Lariat Ultimate, Chrome Package, 4x4, FX4, White Platinum, 6.7L (SOLD)
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1996 F-250 XLT Regular Cab, 4x4, 187K. Bartered for construction work.
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