Selling a Banged up Car

Hi All,

I have a 2007 Corolla that's seen better days. It drives well but it's got scratches, dents, stripped paint (which has been touched up pretty poorly), mainly on the front and back bumpers. It's done about 63,000 km. I am looking to upgrade to and have no idea how to maximise the value of the banged up Corolla (whatever that is).

Any guidance would be gratefully received!

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    And you would be located where?

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    Get an estimate by looking at comparable model prices on carsales

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    Do you think it will pass a Certificate of Roadworthiness inspection?

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    Is it a zre or zze? Auto or manual? Servicing records included? Any extras fitted (e.g. Tinted windows, alloys)? All of these things can affect resale value

    Post up the details here and I can try and give you a rough estimate

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      And post some pics, because 'banged up' is pretty vague and highly subjective.

      If it has dings everywhere, I would still buy it . I actually look for a car with a bit of character lol. Well, honestly it is because if I had a car that was near flawless, someone is bound to hit a trolley or something into it in carpark (happens all the time) , something is likely to happen where the vehicle aquires scratches and small dings etc. So that's I prefer to buy something imperfect cosmetically (price adjusted accordingly though) .
      I am still going to look at every little ding, scratch, peeled paint, etc still when buying. If it looks unsafe, I wouldn't buy it (like something looking like structural damage or like there has been a hard impact where wheels are). But all the other stuff, as long as safety wise it is all good, I will still happily buy, but I know I will get less when I sell it because of damage, so I won't pay anywhere near as much as price for same vehicle in perfect condition.

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      It is an Ascent, auto, has cruise control, bluetooth system installed, electric windows in front but roll in back. Not sure about the rest, tbh. I'll take some photos in daylight and post them.

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        To answer inasero's question, If it has cruise, then it's a ZRE-152R (mid-2007 onwards this model was released). Cruise was an option on 150 series Ascent, will also have controls for radio and leather-bound wheel. It was a $750 factory option pack. ZZE-122R (2001-2007) never came with cruise.

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    Is it insured? Drive a lot and increase chances of an accident, post about it on Ozbargain, submit insurance claim.

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    Post an ad on eBay titled 'Smashed up shitbox with 2 weeks rego' or whatever else sounds worse. Describe all its faults objectively, with lots of pictures.

    Open the listing's auction at a crazy amount- say 'only' triple its realistic value. The aim it for a lot of people to see it and had a laugh. Use lots of comedy about how damage happened and how it couldn't have been worse. Pictures of all the tatoo-covered, professional dru-addicted gig workers that did the repairs might help too.

    Once that ends w no bidders, re-list at $1.00, and no reserve in the title.

    You'll be amazed what happens

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    $2k come this afternoon cash bro

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    Ater this awful damned summer, you're best to advise whether it has air-conditioning or not, lol

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      In Melbourne we have had a few bad days but, overall, it hasn’t been too bad. We haven’t had days in a row of 40 degree heat. In fact being water tight has probable been more of an issue given the number of tropical downpours we’ve had.

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    Swap it for a broken iPhone?

    Can you deliver?

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    63,000km is quite low for a 2007 Corolla.
    If it has no accident history, fixing up the cosmetics properly will get you top dollar.
    Search carsale for the exact model, badge, series, etc. I'm guessing you'll get the cheapest price if you sell it as is, and the highest price if you fix it up and present it nicely.
    If the difference seems worth your time, then ask a panel beater then decide from there.

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      It's actually too low. Perhaps it is legitimately low but many will suspect odometer tempering, abandoned/neglected car, excessive short trips…

      Mileage being too far below average isn't a good thing.

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        Exactly, out of those excessive short trips is by far the worst. Your oil will literally turn to sludge
        Exactly how my parents killed their camry at 250,000kms as work for them was only 2km away

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    This doesn't add up. That amont of K's would be typical for a car that is 3 - 4 years old. Judging by the condition of this car it sounds like it has been clocked (ie hit 999 999 and gone back to 000 000) or been tampered with.

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      It's unusual but not impossible, some people just have a car to get down to the shops/train station and back

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        This is me. Car just hasn't been used that much… mainly casual / weekend driving over the course of its life.

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      If a Corolla has done >1,063,000km, Toyota needs to buy this vehicle back to find out what went wrong. If they keep making vehicles like this, the whole industry goes bust.

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        Nope, they just keep on buying Toyotas for fleet vehicles and taxis which rack up high mileage every year

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