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You will never guess where James is right now. If you guessed Driver’s Ed, you are brilliant! Yes, he is taking the week-long Driver’s Ed class that is required for all kids under 18 to get their license. He will be able to get his learner’s permit in September when he turns 16. So take caution! There will be a new teen driver on the road this year! We will need a new car for our teen driver – a new used car that is.
I have plan! This plan is genius but Grant has to be on board and I am afraid he won’t be. Well anyway, here’s the plan.
We sell his 1997 Chevrolet Diesel Truck and plow on cars.com. This duo has been sitting in our yard, unused for about the past 10 years.
Why hasn’t it been used? I don’t know why. I can’t explain it. He will use it someday and be glad he kept it. (After 10 years I have my doubts!) Here is what I do know. It needs two batteries to run, and that’s it. It is a 6.5 liter turbo diesel (same engine in the military Humvee). It has a plow that is worth about $1,500. What is the truck worth? On cars.com, you can fill out some information to get a vehicle estimate of your truck or car’s worth. Unfortunately, since this is an older vehicle, no comparable data was available for an estimate. I checked out cars.com to see if I could find a similar vehicle for sale.
I found this Used 1997 Chevrolet 3500.
The seller included a video as well. This Chevy is the same year, and does come with a plow. However, Grant’s truck is a dually diesel, which looks much better and has a greater load carrying capacity. This truck for sale on cars.com has 98K+ miles on it. Grant’s truck has about 60K. Based on this finding (and asking Grant) it would appear he could sell his truck with plow and get $5,000, easily. I would suggest he start with an asking price of $5,500 and see if he gets any bites. 🙂
But wait, there is more!
We also have a 1999 Subaru Legacy Wagon with 150K miles on it. Ain’t she a beauty? It needs a bit of work, a good washing and a little TLC, but she should be up and running in no time.
An estimate on Cars.com indicated that this car is worth 300-$697, if sold or traded to a dealer. Cars.com states that price ranges are based on Black Book’s average to rough car conditions and market data. The amount you can expect is lower if the buyer has to spend money on repairs to re-sell the car. Here is a similar 1999 Subaru Legacy that I found on Cars.com.
Well, maybe it is a little nicer that ours. but I figure, based on these two comparisons, we could get 1K for our 1999 Subaru. I would start the listing at $1,500. Ours has 150K miles, much less than the 1999 Subaru that I found on cars.com at 199,250 miles.
In conclusion, the sale of these two vehicles on cars.com could easily put $6K in our pocket. We could then buy James a Subaru WRX. When I started my search on Cars.com, I couldn’t find any WRX models that were older than 2015, but knew they were out there. So, I contacted customer service and they promptly helped me out. It turns out that in order to find a pre-2015 WRX, I needed to search for an “Impreza” and use the filters to narrow the results down to my preferred trims.
When I did that, I came up with this Subaru Impreza WRX . I watched the provided video with the ad (a cool feature on the website) and wow! The car looks brand new! It comes with Sirius XM radio too! There is a Car Fax available on this car as well. James would love it.
This car isn’t far away either, in Hooksett, NH. So you see, my plan is brilliant. With the help of cars.com, we get two vehicles out of our yard and we get James into the used car of his dreams. It works for me. If only it would work for Grant! If I am being realistic, I do believe Grant will be fixing up our old Subaru Legacy for James to drive.
Other Features at Cars.com
In addition to their buying and selling features, cars.com publishes many articles on recommendations, reviews and general information about different cars. When I am ready for my new car I can check out the latest car news and car reviews right on cars.com. In the meantime, I need to see if I can get Grant to sell part of his collection. 😉
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