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Don't quite know what to do with our 2 foresters that are now unroadworthy.

We have a 98 forester limited with no rego, sat in our field for 3 years, engine running, but windscreen, tyres, exhaust no good, 330k.
XT Turbo forester 2.5, engine completely seized, (last week), but rest of car good including 4xP6 tyres fitted 4 months ago. 230k

Anyone with best advice? A tow trucker said he'd take them away for nothing, whereas a mechanic friend says they are worth something.
What's the go? We live in (Blackbutt QLD).
 

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put an add on facebook and gumtree with make an offer
motor, gearbox diffs are all worth something eg a 5 speed from the wreckers is $500
scrap metal prices are in SA @ $200 to $250 a car
 

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0) Did you ask the tow truck driver how much he would sell them for. Likely he'll fix them, rego them and sell thew for a ~$few 1000 each- no wonder he wants 'em for free.

1) Yes worth putting an ad on gumtree- old foresters are always worth something, if only for parts. someone will have a project, or want a project, etc.

2) Try posting on the more local (Australian) based forums e.g. ozfoz and ausubaru as you're more likely to get a local response

3) A running (unreg) beater (the 98) may be good for a gliding (soaring) club nearby as their field vehicle, they might offer you a couple of hundred bucks (or a young member may want it to fix up). Even the local golf club. I think they'll like the Foz for the AWD in the rain and the low range on the earlier one can be used to tow gliders up/down the field at low speed easily. Two that come to mind are Kingaroy and Darling Downs. They'll likely have trailers/tow vehicles to pick it up too.

4) An engine from a wrecker should fix the turbo one, esp if no other damage has been done. Or a low-km *** import engine/block. What year is the XT Turbo?

5) Sell for a few hundred bucks to the local mechanic.

6) Fix one up and sell it to the Kransky Sisters in Esk as an upgrade to their Morris! :biggrin:

Good luck, at the very least a couple of calls to the gliding clubs and the gumtree ads are worth a go.
 

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Have placed the car on gumtree and 4 people straight at me. I asked for $999/offers. Best so far is $450.
Should I be playing the field here, or get rid?
There's 4 new P6 stock tyres on it.
 

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Have placed the car on gumtree and 4 people straight at me. I asked for $999/offers. Best so far is $450.
Should I be playing the field here, or get rid?
There's 4 new P6 stock tyres on it.
You could look at that as $450 more than you had before, and let someone else feel they got a good deal too! :thumbsup:
Maybe counter $750 if they take both and call it done?
 

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Notice how you're $450 up simply for asking on Gumtree! Tyres alone are worth that.

Negotiation: they've just bid lowish to minimise their cost, so yep straight back at 'em with a reasonable offer and you should meet somewhere in the middle. I'll guess you'll perhaps get $500-$700.

My suggestion is don't haggle over the last $10 or $20 (or even $50), the law of diminishing returns applies. Ask yourself
- how much your time is worth for the $20 haggle (not enough)
- how much the stress is worth (not enough)
- how much the chance of the bidder declining is worth (not enough)
- whether you and the bidder enjoyed the transaction

Make sure they can remove the car on their own. Another idea is offer to pull it to the front gate (if you can) for another (say) $20 or $50 if it's difficult to get to in its current location.

Make sure they turn up and pay cash on the spot or at least have the money in your bank account first. If they don't like that remind them the car's broken and not going to disappear under its own steam- but maybe in a cloud of steam! :biggrin:

When all's done remember to raise a glass or two to us with your hard-earned $$$. :thumbsup:
 

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Currently organising a deal for both at $800 with them to pick up. That all seems about fair, except I'm not sure how much you lot can drink :surprise:
 
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