Don't know if you remember me, but I was at the last Fudruckers meeting and the Framingham one. (Short asian kid, silver A4, tinted windows and UGLY snow tires)
Anyway, I was thinking of going from my current car to a 2002 A4. I was thinking of making the jump to an S4, but I'm too cheap and I have to buy a house at the end of the summer.
I'd like to know what you guys think I could get for my car. It's a 2000 A4 1.8T QMS, 22.5K miles. Has the conv package, no heated seats. Not too many mods, APR EMCS (Stock/chip), Zimmerman/Mintex front, fog mod, 35% (MA legal) llumar metallic, sub and amp (probably will be removed), 2 sets of rims, the ugly winter ones and stock 16" sport, painted calipers (got bored one weekend), that's it. It's in great shape. Always cooled after driving and always serviced at Audi intervals at the dealer.
So what do you guys think it's worth? I was offered a REALLY low number from Pass and Weisz, so I figure I'll sell it on my own.
Did you do trade in value or sale value? You'll always get a lot less for trade in than if you sell. You only have 22K miles on it, so it should still be worth a lot. This is the book that dealers use to quote prices, so it should be accurate, but it is hard to guage how the mods will affect the value.
Trying to figure out what a good price for a car is a difficult task. It's dependent on so may variables. However, the best way I know how to do it is to watch things like e-bay motors. Find cars as close to yours as possible and watch them and note what they actually sold for. The Globe and local dealers are also good benchmarks. Try to get as many data points as possible and hopefully a pattern will immerge and you will have a good feeling of what the "real" value of the vehicle is.
I sold a '96 Outback a couple years ago on my own after getting a laughable trade-in offer on my new A4.
At that time the Edmunds did a pretty good job of helping me appraise the private sale price.
One thing that is subjective though is the modifications. They almost never add value and are almost aways neutral or detract from the sale. Unless you sell to an enthuiast (slim chance given the small numbers), you would be well advised to return the car to the appearance of stock. You wont have to deal with the issues of mods with John Q. Buyer and you are likely to be able to sell them (assuming they are something that can be removed) separately.