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Is this a fair price for an 84 wagon?
Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:06 PM
1984 Subaru GL wagon 4 x4. 4 spd, A/C, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, tilt steering wheel, radio & cassette, and block heater. Only 91,800 miles. Extra set of wheels with studded snow tires mounted on them included. New battery, belts, and wiper blades.
What do you think, is 2000 a good price for this car? The paint looks about right for 27 years outside in MT.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:41 PM
Edited by General chaos, 06 June 2011 - 05:44 PM.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:37 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:49 PM
This car sounds like a decent ride, and they are a little hard to come by, but a wagon in my area would have to be VERY clean to fetch $2k. I sold my wagon a couple years ago and it took a while to sell it running and driving at 1/4 that price.
I got into these Subarus for 2 reasons. They were cheap to buy and cheap to feed. Ive now had 4 of these cars and I paid less than $400 for each. Granted they were purchased in need of repair. That being said it would have to be VERY clean for me to test drive one with a $2000 price tag, especially if its not a BRAT.
Ive found 4wd vehicle prices in rural areas to be a bit high, but if $2k is the range of where this type of vehicle is commonly priced in your area, then perhapse its a fair price. It also comes down to what you want/need. If its ready to roll, runs quiet/sweet, the interior is decent, a/c is cold, etc. Then make an offer.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:37 PM
without actually seeing/inspecting the car, driving the car, and knowing more about the area you live in (are these common, uncommon, etc) it is really hard to say what is a "fair price"
yeah, it sounds like a nice ride and very low mileage for its age...but what physical condition is it in? does the current owner have maintenance records? how long have they owned it?
a good clean, rust free car would bring very good money here in Wisconsin - but a fraction of that in WA/OR where they are fairly common
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:49 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:51 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:55 PM
Edited by Crazyeights, 06 June 2011 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:50 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:24 PM
Looks quite clean, so its probably safe to say 2000 isnt a bad price if its in really good condition.. Check for rust, body dents, etc. Look under them too, I remember out at GDs, an OBS had some under body damage from offroading that nobody saw when it was purchased
Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:14 AM
like already mentioned, check under the carpeting for moisture evidence/smell
likely locations for rust: back sides of the wheel wells are usually good for rust - the very back & bottom of the rear fenders - bottoms of doors - rocker panels - bottom edge of rear hatch (the part not visible with it closed) - around door handles - check carefully around windshield for signs of bubbling/rust - also around rear window - along any/all exterior trim, too
under hood: battery tray area - strut/shock towers - do the 84's carry the spare under hood? if so, check that area thoroughly.
interior: is it clean? filthy? smell funny? look carefully between seats and center console - if it was a hurry up clean up job, there will be evidence of ickiness there. does the wear seem appropriate for the miles/age of the car? is anything broken, torn, missing?
if you go into this expecting to find something wrong, you can be mildly surprised by not finding things - but dont get carried away with the surprise (poker face )
you might want to take a smallish magnet with you too - check for bondo body work - a typical fridge magnet will work - if it sticks strong, it is good metal, if it wont stick at all - thick bondo - sort of sticks but not very well, thinner bondo...
only need to do this if the paint doesnt seem to be as old as the car - looks too good to be as old as the car - or has obviously been touched up.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:31 PM
At 91k it should still be original paint if cared for well.
A car with 91k and having already had a repaint is a sign of damage prior.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:09 PM
Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:38 AM
Edited by willd, 08 June 2011 - 02:56 PM.
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