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Auto-trader suggested prices

I don't know if anyone takes any notice of the suggested prices, but I was disheartened to see the suggested price of my 159 at 2300.

I'm not even considering selling it but, for insurance purposes, I would have liked to see a higher price, given the spec. (18" horseshoes, red leather, near as damn it FSH, etc)

Do I Just take this estimation as a low end figure, or are 159's really valued so low?
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I would have thought the suggested price would be down to age, mileage and engine size. Auto trader can search what the going rate would be for the type of car that one would be likely to fetch a realistic sale on
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It does sound cheap. What is it stan? A 2006 model with a mega mileage?

It prices mine at 8,550 for private sale guide price, or 7,190 part-ex.
Both are around 500 quid less than I was expecting.
('08 2.2 LE Spider with 50k miles)
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It does sound cheap. What is it stan? A 2006 model with a mega mileage?

It prices mine at 8,550 for private sale guide price, or 7,190 part-ex.
Both are around 500 quid less than I was expecting.
('08 2.2 LE Spider with 50k miles)
It's a 2008 1.9 jtdm with almost 98k on the clock
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It's a 2008 1.9 jtdm with almost 98k on the clock
It does sound ridiculously cheap, they're not worth selling if that's their true worth.
Not that you are selling of course.

The advantage of having a car worth so little is there's no real worry - if something really major goes on it just throw the car away. Unless you plan on keeping it for quite a few more years.
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Autotrader will probably be quoting you on the following:

Spec
Age
Mileage
Condition

Furthermore they take into account discretionary elements like brand. So I'm afraid to say Alfa doesn't fare well here at all.

The crucial bit here is condition.

All these estimator tool quote low. This will at most be estimating your car's condition being average (irrrspective of what you program into it)

Why?

Well business models like these survive off private as well as trade adverts plus it has a whole raft of other products it sells too.

What do you think would happen if traders got every part-ex buyer stating a "hi" part-ex price?

Margins would be hit and the first people to be blamed would be those advising the sellers. Resulting in ads being pulled and put onto a rivals website. This would impact other business areas.

Hence to keep their business clients and source data suppliers happy, they quote low.

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Autotrader will probably be quoting you on the following:

Spec
Age
Mileage
Condition

Furthermore they take into account discretionary elements like brand. So I'm afraid to say Alfa doesn't fare well here at all.

The crucial bit here is condition.
Condition has nowt to do with AT's prices.
All they are is simply 'guide' after all.
Reg & mileage is the only info they ask for Free Car Valuation ? How much is my car worth? ? Auto Trader UK
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Its a bit like the" We buy any car" jokers

You would have to be seriously desperate to almost give your car away to them
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It does sound ridiculously cheap, they're not worth selling if that's their true worth.
Not that you are selling of course.

The advantage of having a car worth so little is there's no real worry - if something really major goes on it just throw the car away. Unless you plan on keeping it for quite a few more years.
I've had it 4 years now, and don't intend on getting rid anytime soon


I was just curious about the value - I wish that I hadn't bothered now
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I just did mine and was quite surprised.
2170 private vs 1220 p/x. I paid 2600 last October.

I still don't reckon it's worth 2k. IMHO it looks great at 10 yards but once you get close up.

Unlike yours Stan mine has no real redeeming features, though it has a cream interior which is why I wanted it. Oh the door sills light up with the Alfa Romeo logo but the driver's side does not work and the metal stainless trim is stuck on with double sided tape and once again falling off on both sides

Priorities I find, are usually someone else's.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.
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1 for 6 issues if you take a subscription, no?
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1 for 6 issues if you take a subscription, no?
Do people still actually do that?
Didn't realise you could still get a printed version
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