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You're going to sell Grandpa's truck that's out behind the barn? How could you!!??!!! Okay, these things happen ... Or maybe it's time to thin the herd and you want to move your recently completed frame-off resto. You're asking yourself ...
What's my truck worth?
(19 May 2008)
By Barry Weeks
Well, it's not like pulling out the Kelly Blue Book and putting in a few calculations: "Yeah, your truck is worth $8,563.42, and don't take one dime less!"
What is your truck worth? As with anything, price varies alot with options, condition, etc ... Your truck could be worth $1,000 or $10,000. I would suggest taking your time and doing some research before you sell it so you can advertise it at the right price. You don't want to sell it too cheap and short yourself, but you also don't want to advertise it too high because you will just be wasting your time and money.
Check out what comparable trucks are advertised for in Hemmings Motor News, or Deals on Wheels, or Round-Up, or whatever else is available in your area. You might also ask around in your area for the local Chevy truck "expert", maybe they can give you an idea of what to ask after seeing it. You can also look on magazine racks for an Old Cars Price Guide, they are published by Krause Publications a few times a year, and have current old car and truck prices.
These are usually auction prices, and are not always accurate in my opinion. Prices vary in different parts of the country, and depend on demand for that particular vehicle. So do some homework, but don't spend all summer at it because seems to be harder to sell stuff towards winter.
When you price your truck, it should reflect how bad you want to sell it. If you want it out of here, maybe you should price it 10-15% lower than the typical asking price. If you don't care how long it takes to sell, but want top buck, then you might want to start out 10-15% higher. You might eventually find a buyer.
One other thing to keep in mind -- your truck may have been an "investment" by you, a "love," or a "hobby" ... it just may not have the appeal to the next buyer. I bet if you ask most of the people on the site if they'd actually get out of their truck what they paid in to it --- they won't want to tell you! (So, ask their wife!). Typically, the higher dollar trucks tend to be the 1/2-tons and the "specialty" trucks (NAPCO's, COE's, canopy expresses, Suburbans and panels). 3/4-ton and up conventional trucks don't command the same values as their little brothers, the 1/2-tons.
If you hope to sell your truck, study the market and see what people are looking for and willing to buy. Many of the magazines and clubs that Barry mentioned are listed in the Lots O' Links page ... plug in. And don't be shy - go into the Gallery, look for a truck similar to yours and contact the person about how the priced/would price theirs. The Swap Meet page is again another resource -- you can contact the person and take a look at their truck.
If you've gone the street rod route (or otherwise have significantly altered your truck from it's original configuration), none of the above conversation applies to you. The hard, cruel truth is most street rods never sell for what was invested in them. If you are seeking an investment, stick with an original / unaltered 1/2-ton truck as it will hold its value better.
To maximize your return should you decide to sell your street rod, it helps if the work was performed to professional standards and the vehicle shows well overall. Usually, unfinished projects will sell for a fraction of their cost. The same with any vehicle who's workmanship is anything less than high quality -- in those cases, your best bet is probably to part the vehicle out to get the most return for your expensive components.
Remember -- Just because you like what you've done to a truck doesn't mean anyone else will.
*This section added by John Milliman
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