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So I just received unofficial word from my friend that his dad, who owns a black 93 del sol si with less than 40k original miles on it, will probably be open to selling it to me this summer. Since I've been after him to do that forever, I'll prolly be taking him up on that offer.

 

My current car's highlights:

-black 95 del sol s

-102 hp non-VTEC SOHC

-No AC, no PS, 13" steel wheels

-very worn seats, carpeting

-201k miles

-passenger-side dents and primered front bumper/targa top

-broken radio antenna

-rear drums

-KBB "fair condition" private part value: $2,030

 

His car's highlights:

-black 93 del sol si

-125 hp VTEC SOHC

-AC, PS, cruise control, power locks, 14" alloys

-pristine interior

-40k miles

-dent-free with nice original paint, only a few chips

-functional radio antenna

-four-wheel disc brakes

-KBB "good condition" private party value: $3,470

 

As you can see, there's a bit of a price difference, which means I need to do some saving to get the car by the summer, which is possible if I quit spending money on my sol now. But I was actually wondering what you guys thought about how I should go about selling my sol.

 

Option A: Fix it up (fix the dents, get the bumper lipped and painted, paint targa top, paint my valve cover, replace radiator, and detail engine bay) and try to sell it like that to someone who wants a nice starter sol. (Hopefully get about $2,800-$3,000.)

Option B: Sell it as is, mods and all. Maybe with a painted front bumper instead of the primered one it has but changing nothing else. (Hopefully get about $2,400-$2,600.)

Option C: Swap in parts from his sol to replace the performance upgrades I've done in mine so that I can take it all back to stock and sell it that way, thus keeping all my mods for the new sol. (Hopefully get about $1,800-$2,000.)

 

Currently my sol has the following mods that could be removed and replaced with stock parts: Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable shocks with matched 1.5" lowering springs, Omnipower rear LCAs, Password JDM intake, and DC Sports ceramic 4-1 header.

 

And the following would remain even if I "took it back to stock:" Kenwood CD head-unit, Black housing one-piece headlights, Smoked tails, Brembo front disc rotors and rear drums, new front OEM calipers, AEM high-density performance front pads, new OEM rear shoes, Goodridge G-Stop stainless-steel braided lines, and new tires.

 

What route should I take? Would fixing it up and selling it like that be worth the extra money I'd make? How much extra could I make by selling it with the mods vs. selling it stock? Are any of my estimates reasonable or are they too optimistic?

 

Give me your opinions, guys! I've got my fingers crossed that I can swing this deal...

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Oh, right. That would actually require me buying his sol before I sell mine. That's doable -- I'd just need a very short term loan from my parents or something and a buyer lined up in advance. Both of which I think I could get. Or I could get my friend's dad agree to take half cash up front and the rest once I sold my sol. Either way it's doable but would be a headache if I didn't sell mine fast enough, not to mention all the swapping work, which doesn't excite me.... Still, I agree with you that it would be the best option, prolly. You think I could get blue book for my stock car (or at least 1800)?

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john you want my advice buddy , although that car sounds awsome , wouldnt you rather have a DOHC VTEC sol? for the sake of saving some money and driving that one longer. idk man , i know you like sohc's so maybe not , just suggestions thats all. i suppose , get your hands on a mint low mileage sol like your trying and than swapping it , than you know you have a solid car. cheaper to buy a B16 swap by buying the VTEC sol , rather buying the sol and swapping it , you know what im saying.

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Yeah, I hear what you're saying, cranny. But truth be told I don't care too much about speed right now. This is really a mint 93 (well, not mint but deffo a lot better than mine), and with such low miles on it I can hardly pass it up. Later on, and I mean a few years down the road, once I get my Mini Cooper S, I'll make this my project car and swap in something like a K20A3 and absolutely go to town on it. I'm actually toying with the idea of selling my sol as is, mods and all, and then keeping this one stock until it is officially not a daily driver. In fact, I'm almost 100% sure that's how it's going down. This tuner scene is just too expensive for me right now.

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I would say sell it as is ( maybe paint the front bumper) and see if I could get from 2500-3000 for it. Then rock the vtec till it was ready for the swap.

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sell as-is and start w/ something fresh and clean, because now you know what you're doing and have much more knowledge than when you did the current sol. That's why I want a stock prelude, no mistakes or short cuts.

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sell as-is and start w/ something fresh and clean, because now you know what you're doing and have much more knowledge than when you did the current sol. That's why I want a stock prelude, no mistakes or short cuts.

 

do it. your not gonna your money back if you fix it up right now and try to sell it later. sell it as is, and save up for that si.

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Yeah, you're prolly right. I might repaint my front bumper/targa just since my friend might have some black paint that will match mine and it would make it look a little nicer. And spray my valve cover just since I wanna do that. Aside from that I'll just clean it up and make it look nicer for potential buyers like that. I really can't wait to talk exact details for this sol. Word is he's looking to get rid of it in June, so I'll have a nice new si come beginning of summer. Sweet deal.

 

Edit: That will also make it easier to sell mine since the sol really is a summer car.

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My opinion, if you have the capital for to buy his car without selling yours; buy his and then switch all the mods over to his, replacing yours with the stock. You will actually probally get more for selling yours then because most people want stock cars.. just my 2 cents

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Currently my sol has the following mods that could be removed and replaced with stock parts: Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable shocks with matched 1.5" lowering springs, Omnipower rear LCAs, Password JDM intake, and DC Sports ceramic 4-1 header.

 

there ya go hung. not sure what can be swapped over to the new on though

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