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Hi Folks,

Charlotte and I are thinking of selling the Olympic Blue 19TRS auto. For those that do not know it then i can tell you its a 54,000 mile car from new with a good bit of history.

Its about to have a new 12 months MOT and is taxed also.

Its not a show car, rather a well cared for 'survivor' with a few niggles and paint chips etc as any car thats been used has.

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Whats it really worth when it comes to advertising it for sale?
Im not looking to wildly profiteer, just a fair price that will see it safely re-homed with a caring owner.

Any thoughts welcome :)
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Tricky one. It's the best colour, great miles, but not entirely perfect (if not that far from it really) and not a desirable engine/gearbox combo (apart from the fact that I'd love it. My tastes are rarely widely shared).

I think any really tidy, low mileage BX has the potential to reach a grand, but the thirstier engine may make £800 more realistic. Very hard though, as the BX market is moving more than it has done for years. I do think you need stronger photos of it. Good photos really sell a nice car.

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Dollywobbler wrote:Tricky one. It's the best colour, great miles, but not entirely perfect (if not that far from it really) and not a desirable engine/gearbox combo (apart from the fact that I'd love it. My tastes are rarely widely shared).

I think any really tidy, low mileage BX has the potential to reach a grand, but the thirstier engine may make £800 more realistic. Very hard though, as the BX market is moving more than it has done for years. I do think you need stronger photos of it. Good photos really sell a nice car.

Thanks for your input Ian,

Yep i agree better pictures, these above are just stuck up quick for an opinion. When it comes to actually selling then i shall take a full new crop of decent pics.

Id hope for closer to a grand ideally with what some similar mileage cars are at recently but who really knows until tried on the market i suppose.
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Depends how quickly you want to sell. If you're in no rush, then holding out for stronger money isn't an issue. I can see it being a car that might take a while to find the right buyer (unless I magically find a grand from somewhere!).

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Dollywobbler wrote:Depends how quickly you want to sell. If you're in no rush, then holding out for stronger money isn't an issue. I can see it being a car that might take a while to find the right buyer (unless I magically find a grand from somewhere!).

If you really fancied it mate then PM me and we can talk ;)
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If that was in a dealer, as some have been of late i would guess a price tag £1295 or somewhere thereabouts, if it were mine i would chance it @ £995 a very nice example.
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Round about a grand sounds fair to me - it it were mine, I'd chance my arm at £1100 and think about offers of 800 up. I'd meticulously valet it, paint the sills and wheel rims (the trouble with those trims is you can see the scabby rims) then clean and polish it - inside and out - to within an inch of its life. Last but not least, I'd slick the tyres with some dressing. We all know - rationally - that cosmetics counts for bugger all really, but psychologically and emotionally, when buying a car, it counts for a lot. Lastly, I'd whip out to some local beauty spot in the sunshine and take some decent pics - it's a top car and worth top money - good luck!

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Ooh it's that colour again! I think it is without doubt the best colour for a Bx.

If it's any help I paid £550 for G818XPO a few weeks back and it was looking tired with lots of dings and scrapes but with long mot and tax. It is a good driver though and I brought it back from Bristol to Wednesbury without issue. There is quite a list I'm working through to bring it upto spec where as yours looks more or less ready to go so yes I think a grand should be do-able.
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Thanks to all for there comments, very helpful :)

I shall have to give her a good bit of TLC and get some really proper pics sorted :)
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Paul296 wrote: We all know - rationally - that cosmetics counts for bugger all really, but psychologically and emotionally, when buying a car, it counts for a lot.
Trade quip, 'Bullshit baffles brains'. Be that verbal or from elbow grease. Most people have no idea what to look at on a car and ask the normal numbty questions no matter what the car is. My fav is on selling a totally restored car. 'How many miles has it done?' Roger Irrelevant lives. You would think with classics the interested would be more informed. % is better but still most have no idea. So a scruffy family low miler in regular use will be passed up for a shiny clunker of dubious heritage, possible from Luton or other L led metropolis.

As to the question, I cannot answer as I remain not informed enough. What I do know is that part of the pressure on pricing is coming from the fact a lot of hands on people are realizing that once your into cats, ECU, and gizmos for the sake of it, you are unable to home maintain on a budget. BX and their ilk are the last cars to offer a safe haven for the initiated. The BX thus might not be collectible, save for special models, but will find a niche with the practical owners, slightly undermined by the free tax rolling forward. I would think anything with an MOT that drives has a base value as transport. If I had the space I would soak up the scrappers, as in time, they will be a profitable resource. Indeed I am surprised that quite good cars are still being scrapped, but of course its as much about resources of the owners and we are all being stretched by the reduced economic worth of most individuals. I would argue that is all the more reason to keep these cars going, than uprate to something you cannot control the price off, so well. So its the premium on top of the base price for a better car, isn't it?
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Bring it to the X rally with a priceboard Mat!, failing that car and classic, I think you should get £800-1000, ok being a 1.9 petrol auto will put all the diesel lovers off but its classic territory now so running it on recylced chip fat wont be all important to everyone.
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Tim Leech wrote:Bring it to the X rally with a priceboard Mat!, failing that car and classic, I think you should get £800-1000, ok being a 1.9 petrol auto will put all the diesel lovers off but its classic territory now so running it on recylced chip fat wont be all important to everyone.

Might be a plan that Tim :)
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Unfortunately a limited market car. It took me 5 months to sell my 52000 mile TZi auto. I believe i started the price at £850 and ended up selling it for £500! The tax was nearly out when i sold it but it did have 7months MOT left and had loads of history and receipts,plus a new octopus etc.. But it was red!!
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I'm still gutted I was never in a position to buy that car Brian. It looked lovely. Now I'm not in a position to buy this one!

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Matt I think Paul makes some excellent points about the sills and rims - not difficult to do and would give it a freshen up. Problem is I know as soon as we start fiddling with it on a sunny day at the workshop we'll want to keep him! Any new owner would also have to take into consideration that fact he is gay - the ashtray must remain forever unused, George Michael MUST be on the playlist regularly and expect him to run better when he's clean. He doesn't like dirt. Many people think I'm joking but it's true!
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