I have had a Formula up for sale for quite some time. We all love these cars but as we all know they are worth nothing. Best offer I have had is $4200. Given that quality 88 Fiero parts are scarce now a days and the car has 1800 original miles I am thinking it mite be worth more in parts? Thoughts?
Depends on parts availability in your area. Here, $4,200 would easily beat parting the car out. It's also nice to have a conservative mind. If someone offered you that much, it must be a decent car without much needed for repairs. With that in mind, parting out a solid car is more of a disservice to this community. My opinion, sure. But we shouldn't let greed contribute to the remaining population decline of good cars.
The car is essentially a new car. Original tires and new car smell. 1800 original miles. Same condition if it was in a dealers showroom 30 years ago. Even still has the parking brake instruction on the sun visor so the parts would be as new. Thats why I think the no longer avaible parts could be more valuable
Don't do it! While you may not get the price you want selling it whole, I doubt you will get more parting it out. Not to mention you will have to do a whole lot of work to get the parts off. Shipping is a drag and hinders selling many big or heavy parts. The most value on an 88 will come from the cradle and upgraded suspension. Very heavy! So it would have to sell locally unless the buyer is willing to pay a fortune on shipping. The car could be in your yard half torn apart for years before you get it all the way parted out. If the car was in bad shape, then yes you would get more by parting it. For example, I bought a rough, yet running Fieros for 1200 and got $1600 parting it out. Mostly body panels, interior pieces and tranny. Oh, and it had rare drop spindles on it, which garnered a lot. But yours, in almost new shape, not only a shame to part it out, but I doubt you will get more than 4k. I would expect it to sell in the 8k range as a whole car fairly easily. What did you list the price at? If you listed it really high a lot of people might just skip right over it. Also where did you list it? The more places the better
You’re missing the most valuable parts...fastback tail lights and sail panels. You won’t get more than $4k parting it out unfortunately. Where all did you try listing it? I’m betting you’d get more for it on eBay.
I know someone who may want it. In my opinion, it makes no sense to part out such a low mileage car- You may get $2500 in total for the parts, and have to put a bunch of free labor and effort into selling them individually
please send me the link and I may have someone interested.
I see where you posted an ad here, in the mall. I would try again, and post some pics. People aren't going to "nibble" nearly as much on an ad without pics. Especially if it's a relatively expensive car.
We're not cynical. Just experienced. No reflection on you.
If you can't post pics, email them to me. My address is at the top of this post. I'll post them up when I can. (Probably won't be until late tonight. I'm going to be away from the 'puter.)
FWIW, I'm also one of those people who has way more into my car than I'll ever get out of it, should I ever decide to sell it. (See sig.)
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Exactly. You might spend a year trying to sell enough parts to be rid of it, and it'll net you a few hundred to a thousand dollars and you'll still have 80% of it sitting there taking up space until you pay someone to haul it away for you.
Photos are a large factor in online sales. You have some photos so good start, but you may be able to have a better add presence by improving the pictures.
Based on my time as a web and graphic marketing designer I have learned, been told or read some tips that could improve your overall add and marketing presence. No guarantee that it will make it sell, but could help for sure. I would highly recommend take the car out to a scenic location, borrow a friend's dslr camera, or even hire a photographer to get some high quality shots. You want the people looking over the add to enjoy looking at the pictures and take time absorbing each, not just quickly scan through them. Have pictures that spark interest, make the viewer imagine themselves in the car. Generally you want to avoid people, cars and buildings in the background. Your car is beautiful, so let it show itself without background distractions. Look for creative and clever angles and vantage points that highlight unique features of the car. And pictures should always be right side up. Most people do not like to look at sideways or upside down pictures and will skip it quickly regardless of how well done the picture is.
Take a look at the pictures on Chevrolet's Corvette page: Corvette Of course it will be super well done, they have a big budget for marketing, but you can get some good ideas for angles and locations from their shots.
On the other hand, check out this Craigslist add: Corvette on CL Nice car and decent pictures, but does it get you as excited about a Corvette as the Chevrolet pics?
Some really good pictures can take your add from being "Cool nice Fiero" to "Wow, that's the Fiero I need!"