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    Hi Guys, I have owned my 355 GTS for 16 years and over that time have accumulated several jobs that I intended to do when I retire.
    That time has now come but unfortunately heath and enthusiasm have waned so Iím thinking about
    selling options or at least preparation for selling.
    Two questions
    1 Cam belt service is due so rather than use my normal local specialist would you agree it would it be best to spend more and get that done by my local dealer (Carrís of Exeter). Presumably they would do an inspection report at the same time.
    2 Very difficult II know, but any thoughts on approximate value, assuming no horrors from an inspection. 1995 65k usual red cream, the interior is original ( tired) so needs serious attention to leather, plastics, footsteps etc.
    Just found a small rust bubble between door and front wheel but generally the wayoyl has done its job.
    Mot advised rear tyres wearing on the inside so rear camber needs looking at.

    Any other advice would be appreciated.

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    If you are selling it shortly you may wish to think about offering it without service so the buyer can take it where they want - that said Carrs will certainly do a fine job and be well priced - not too sure what is preferred in the UK - if your car is red then its more likely a first time buyer so perhaps fully serviced and ready to go is the answer

    Asking prices will be hinted at in PH classified

    BUT before you take the photos to sell have someone good come and give it a really thorough valet inside and out including treating the leather etc - someone like Dave Z

    Don't forget you are looking not just at the price realised but also the ease/speed of selling so if you have to invest something now whilst you probably will you might not see it back in increased value it may mean your car is not hanging around deteriorating for another year
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    Quote Originally Posted by jos View Post
    If you are selling it shortly you may wish to think about offering it without service so the buyer can take it where they want - that said Carrs will certainly do a fine job and be well priced - not too sure what is preferred in the UK - if your car is red then its more likely a first time buyer so perhaps fully serviced and ready to go is the answer

    Asking prices will be hinted at in PH classified

    BUT before you take the photos to sell have someone good come and give it a really thorough valet inside and out including treating the leather etc - someone like Dave Z

    Don't forget you are looking not just at the price realised but also the ease/speed of selling so if you have to invest something now whilst you probably will you might not see it back in increased value it may mean your car is not hanging around deteriorating for another year
    Thanks Jos

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    I would be as honest as you can - list the major jobs required including the service, and price the car accordingly. i.e what are people asking for sorted cars, less what it would cost you to get your car up to spec. Obviously you wont want to low ball yourself with a silly low price, but in my experience anyone who is after a 355 will be looking at the few cars for sale in the normal places like piston heads, and just being economical with the truth or a daft price will lead to no sale and potential customers running away.

    In my experience once a car has been for sale for a few months and not sold, then people will just ignore it as they will wonder why its still for sale (either a pile of *****, or overpriced, or weirdo spec are the normal reasons)

    You can also state that you are happy for a PPI or any inspection, and even offer to drive it to a nearby dealer for any punter to get it checked out.

    Whilst its probably cost effective to get the car professionally cleaned/detailed/etc and fix any cheap minor things, I would be a bit cautious about renovating the oily bits prior to sale, as its very easy to get mission creep and end up fixing a load of oily bits that you dont know are worn out.

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    Thanks guys for the advice, and here is a quick update.
    After a few days of thought I decided to go the Carrs route and keep the car for a few more years.
    Reasons were, I now have more time to use it and some main dealer history should help when I eventually sell it.
    Jos was spot on in saying Carrís would do a fine job and be well priced.
    Considering they did the cam belt service, lots of other mechanical bits, painted the cam covers, oil tank and interior plastics, their bill wasnít too bad.
    I still have the seats and sills to do, but itís running sweet and is a pleasure to drive again.

    I donít suppose they will read this but in case they do a big thanks to Mark and Harvey of Carrs.
    I would definitely recommend them.

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    Hi Ian - Totally agree. If anyone is considering, can't fault Carrs with regards their service and quality.

    (Also, no idea when Im getting the 308 back now, but welcome up for a cuppa anytime)

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