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Old Jun 23rd, 2014, 03:14 PM
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Hello all,

Due to relocating abroad later this autumn, I will need to sell my cherished 2005 Cooper S Automatic.

I've spent a significant amount of money to replace all worn parts in the last year, so I feel the car is in excellent condition for the moment.

BMW Inspection II service and major work completed less than 8 months ago, totalling over 3300.

Mileage just over 60,000.

Front and rear Continental Sport Contact 3 SSR Run flat tyres with 5K mileage done on theses.

Some of the work completed on car on 26/10/2013:

Replacement of top-engine mount, power steering pipe (rack pump), sump gasket, A/C pipe, front wishbone bracket and bushes, new exhaust box, front and rear brake pads, engine coolant water pump.
I have even splashed out on a 60+ dip stick!

What do people feel would be a reasonable asking price?

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Old Jun 23rd, 2014, 05:25 PM
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Looks a nice car, and especially as you have had all that work done in October this year and we arent there yet, even better. you mean last year I assume?
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Hahah yes I mean October 2013

I've attached the service receipts if anyone is interested.

I am planning to list the car on autotrader, and this website, later this week. I would very much appreciate what people think is a suitable asking price.



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Looks a nice car, and especially as you have had all that work done in October this year and we arent there yet, even better. you mean last year I assume?

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I would try and determine what a good car would sell for in your area. I would not expect to get extra compensation for the work you have had done in the last year. After all, it is 'maintenance'. Something to consider is how much would your car be worth had you not taken care of those issues?
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A service history is a selling point but a long list work done can even be a put off, certainly not a plus point to the general public, just look at private sale cars with the same condition/mileage, in autotrader and use that price as a starting point.
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Nice car but, and it has to be said, the auto gearbox will put more people off the car than it will attract them to it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by drozd (original)
... but a long list work done can even be a put off, certainly not a plus point to the general public ...

I disagree ... the list of things done to car should be plus for a prospective buyer as they're things they won't to have to worry about for a while.
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Nice car but, and it has to be said, the auto gearbox will put more people off the car than it will attract them to it.

I know Auto on the Cooper S is controversial but perhaps more so for enthusiasts frequenting this forum? For the average car owner looking for a car to use in London, auto is in quite in demand I would have thought.

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I would try and determine what a good car would sell for in your area. I would not expect to get extra compensation for the work you have had done in the last year. After all, it is 'maintenance'. Something to consider is how much would your car be worth had you not taken care of those issues?

I think you are right in theory... yes it is basic maintenance, but I think many of the Coopers listed on Autotrader that are approaching 10 years will have plenty of work overdue.

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I disagree ... the list of things done to car should be plus for a prospective buyer as they're things they won't to have to worry about for a while.

Who knows. I hope so. Anyway... only one way to find out... I need to list it. Thinking of an asking price of 6300 for now.

Really love this car, hate having to sell it

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I disagree ... the list of things done to car should be plus for a prospective buyer as they're things they won't to have to worry about for a while.

theoretically yes but humans are not always logical when you talk about repairs that have been done it sends a red flag to the proposed buyer, they may think the car has not been/is not reliable. I'm talking about the average buyer here, not a bod with mechanical knowledge that may often frequents the Mini forum.

If there where two of the same model cars one owner said it runs like a dream, never missed a beat had it years never had a problem,
the other owner said had a lot of work done, quite a few repairs, and new parts, which do you think most buyers would choose?
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