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Scratch Fixing and Selling Price of Car?

 
Icewind Icewind
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 05/10
Posted: 05/06/10
01:15 PM

Hi,

First off I drive a 1989 Cadillac Brougham.

Looks like this, (replacing calipers in the front, so hub caps are safe in the garageWink)
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Over the winter, during some bad weather, I lost control and the car slide off into the ditch. Took out a wooden fence. Frown It scratched up the left side (if you were standing in front of it). Just wondering if any of the [H] would have some quick suggestions on how to bough it out, and paint it. Never tried it before. Once again, pictures once I get home.

Next year I'll be commuting about 70 miles a day for school, so I need to get a car with better gas mileage. The caddy gets about 18-20 mtg and uses 89 octane fuel. So obviously not going to work too well.

I need to sell it and buy something better on gas. I'm hoping to only spend about $1000 on top of what I can sell the Caddy for. I'm confused on how much the car should sell for. I bought it for cheap, but I've seen it online for $3000-5000. So without counting the scratch does anyone have a suggestion on what I should sell it for?

Also open to suggestions for a car with good gas milage, front wheel drive, and is good in the snow. The Caddy is rear wheel, and is not the greatest in snow.

Pictures,

Worst scratch,
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The entire unfortunate damage,

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Photostream.

Posting this around some other forums as well.

Thanks in advance,

King Icewind  

idrivejunk idrivejunk
Guru | Posts: 1050 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 05/06/10
08:07 PM

The paint appears to be non-clearcoat type. A repaint would be needed to get rid of those marks, although buffing with rubbing compound may help the appearance to some degree. The damage does not seriously detract from the value of the car. If in near-perfect condition, $4,000 is top dollar, in my opinion. Asking $2,800-3,200 is more realistic. An excellent buy can be found on 1997-2003 GM W-bodies like Impala and Grand Prix, and they make a great choice for someone stepping out of a Brougham.

Smile  
idrivejunk

Icewind Icewind
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 05/10
Posted: 05/06/10
08:33 PM

So I could find this rubbing compound at Wal-Mart for example? Or is there somewhere special/better I should buy it?

I'm trying to avoid taking the car into the body shop. I can't imagine how much it would cost. Repainting is pretty much a body shop job only though isn't it? Frown

Thanks a bunch man,

Icewind  

idrivejunk idrivejunk
Guru | Posts: 1050 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 05/07/10
04:22 AM

I would leave it alone and put the for sale sign in it. Rubbing compound-polish is available at auto parts stores and yeah maybe WM too  
idrivejunk

Mikes79 Mikes79
Enthusiast | Posts: 342 | Joined: 01/10
Posted: 05/07/10
02:13 PM

I'll second that idrivejunk.  Word of advice, stay away from the Cobalts!  Yeah, I get 32-33mpg highway with mine, but I've had nothing but problems with it.  I'm sure the Carfax on my car has a continuation page just from the warranty work I've had done.  

mpayne mpayne
Enthusiast | Posts: 262 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 05/13/10
12:16 PM

Mike maybe it's because you play with your toys to roughly.  

Mikes79 Mikes79
Enthusiast | Posts: 342 | Joined: 01/10
Posted: 05/13/10
08:18 PM

LOL.  I've always played with my toys roughly Grin  

tuffnuff tuffnuff
Moderator | Posts: 1375 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 05/14/10
08:44 PM

I wail on my toys too, till something breaks, sometimes.
Smile  
When The Flag Drops.,.

tuffnuff

The Bull ***t Stops.,.
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cameronasi cameronasi
New User | Posts: 13 | Joined: 08/12
Posted: 11/07/12
03:51 AM

How did you manage to fix that in the end?  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Enthusiast | Posts: 301 | Joined: 10/11
Posted: 11/07/12
03:25 PM

Matt (I drive junk) is the body man. He knows his forte.

Just think what would have happened it you didn't have that big a car. Although with todays cars the air bag would have one off. Glad you didn't get hurt.

Heay Icewind if you live near Texas give Matt a PM... Grin  Cool

Bob