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What to do with old but great condition car?

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What to do with old but great condition car?

Is there any chance I'd be able to get any meaningful amount for an old car ? The logical thing would be to sell it, but is this worth anything?

My mom has a late 80s Oldsmobile sitting in the garage at the moment, very low mileage (less than 150k), very well maintained and body in fairly mint shape with the exception of some stone chips. It runs great, just not in use for the last year and insurance is getting to be too much, even theft and fire is too much - around $500. Actually had tons of problems at 80k but after that has run perfect to this day.

It's too nice to scrap and feels like a giveaway to sell it for I suppose would be a very low amount. I cant even find the book value of this car, should I bother with an appraiser?
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Yeah, highly unlikely. Is it a 85-87 cutlass supreme by chance? Then you might have some luck. But if we are discussing something like a run of the mill cutlass, I'm afraid your meaningful amount will be very low. Like a few hundred. Take some pics and post in the BST. You might have a better chance or doing some type of trade than a sale.
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It's an 89 cutlass supreme SL with the FE3 suspension package, digital dash and electronic climate control, it was fancy for its day.

Other than that, just a 2.8 v6 if I'm correct. I don't drive it because it handles like a boat, my mom hangs onto it for sentimental reasons and limited driving during the summer.
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I see Supremes around so there may be a market for it, albiet small. See whats out there, or just throw it on Kijiji over priced and see what you get back in terms of responses
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If it's in immaculate condition, I would advertise it on Ebay. Might not be the time to sell given that the US border is closed. A coupe with an FE3 suspension might attract an audience posted on the right platform. Kijiji can't hurt but I doubt that you'd attract top dollar.
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Cutlass Supreme's are great. The old "Oldsmobile" banner was considered premium. Since you got low mileage, you can probably find a seller. Try and sell it rather than scrapping it for donation money.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobil ... ss_Supreme
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Can just hang onto it until a family member or close family friend needs a car and then give it to them. At least what's what my parents do with their old cars. If they don't have space then they try to sell it, if no takers on selling then they scrap it.
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gr8dlr wrote: Cutlass Supreme's are great
Have you ever driven one of OP's age? HORRIBLE - as the OP says he doesn't drive it because it "handles like a boat".
The earlier (rear wheel drive) ones were decent but they were dumped in '87 for the GM "W" body design. From what I remember the suspensions were weak (there's a transverse fibreglass leaf) in the rear that loved to self destruct as well as many other problems....the '89 is first generation of that design and there were plenty of problems GM had to deal with.
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warpdwhim wrote: Have you ever driven one of OP's age? HORRIBLE - as the OP says he doesn't drive it because it "handles like a boat".
The earlier (rear wheel drive) ones were decent but they were dumped in '87 for the GM "W" body design. From what I remember the suspensions were weak (there's a transverse fibreglass leaf) in the rear that loved to self destruct as well as many other problems....the '89 is first generation of that design and there were plenty of problems GM had to deal with.
A friend had the earlier generation one's you're talking about. I can't speak directly about a '89 but for someone who might be interested ins something more "vintage" like it might be worth a couple of hundred $. Spme ppl (older generation moreso) love the "boat" feel. They like cushy rides.

"very low mileage (less than 150k), very well maintained and body in fairly mint shape with the exception of some stone chips. It runs great,"

Worst case for a buyer is drive it for a year or even two for next to nothing. Buyer can't lose money because you can always donate it for what you paid. Not sure about cost for "safety".
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warpdwhim wrote: Have you ever driven one of OP's age? HORRIBLE - as the OP says he doesn't drive it because it "handles like a boat".
The earlier (rear wheel drive) ones were decent but they were dumped in '87 for the GM "W" body design. From what I remember the suspensions were weak (there's a transverse fibreglass leaf) in the rear that loved to self destruct as well as many other problems....the '89 is first generation of that design and there were plenty of problems GM had to deal with.
Oh completely forgot about that style. Right away my comment was assuming the old, long bonnet gen.
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No modern safety equipment like all the air bags everywhere plus much more.

I'd try to sell it or bite the bullet and scrap it.
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Some praise for its design here

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/ ... upreme-sl/

But like others have said, nothing notable about it. Dated safety systems, audio, etc.
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M1K3Z0R wrote: Is there any chance I'd be able to get any meaningful amount for an old car ? The logical thing would be to sell it, but is this worth anything?

My mom has a late 80s Oldsmobile sitting in the garage at the moment, very low mileage (less than 150k), very well maintained and body in fairly mint shape with the exception of some stone chips. It runs great, just not in use for the last year and insurance is getting to be too much, even theft and fire is too much - around $500. Actually had tons of problems at 80k but after that has run perfect to this day.

It's too nice to scrap and feels like a giveaway to sell it for I suppose would be a very low amount. I cant even find the book value of this car, should I bother with an appraiser?
Have you tried VMRCanada to see if the car is maybe listed and maybe show estimate re-sale value.
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M1K3Z0R wrote: Is there any chance I'd be able to get any meaningful amount for an old car ? The logical thing would be to sell it, but is this worth anything?

My mom has a late 80s Oldsmobile sitting in the garage at the moment, very low mileage (less than 150k), very well maintained and body in fairly mint shape with the exception of some stone chips. It runs great, just not in use for the last year and insurance is getting to be too much, even theft and fire is too much - around $500. Actually had tons of problems at 80k but after that has run perfect to this day.

It's too nice to scrap and feels like a giveaway to sell it for I suppose would be a very low amount. I cant even find the book value of this car, should I bother with an appraiser?
Unfortunately an appraiser might cost more than the car is worth. They would also probably leave you feeling insulted with their terminology about condition as the car world is much more particular than if you were selling a cell phone on eBay. If you say the word "mint" anywhere it had better be just that, unlike the 99% of "mint condition" cell phones on eBay with scratches all over them.

Also, if the car has seen any Ontario winters there might be some surprises hiding under the car after 30+ years.

However, things like the glass and lights on the car could be valuable to some people but I have a feeling parting it out might not be on the cards either if there is any sentimental attachment to it.

If it is in very good condition and won't decay, the other option is to try storing it and see if the value creeps up in 10-20 years. Some cars that have no business being collectable have become exactly that as people with disposable income try to revive the cars of their youth. If you don't have a place to safely store it yourself the extra cost of a storage facility should be factored in though as they often demand insurance coverage of vehicles they store.

Let us know how you make out either keeping or selling.
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If it was a G-body Cutlass then the OP might have something of value.
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It's definitely a rough choice, there's more value in the parts and new-ish tires on it but parting it out isn't feasible. Hanging on to it will be costly too.

VMR says anything from $500 to $2500-ish depending on condition, which sounds about right. Interior is clean and non-faded (my mom is one of those plastic and towels on the seats/under the floormats types - and it worked), it was stored for a good portion of its life thoughout most of the 90s, oil sprayed, regular oil changes etc.

I guess this is a cautionary tail of using winter beaters and keeping more than one car lol. My mom had a rebuilt ford probe rust bucket beater that kept going while this "good" car was mostly tucked away in the garage.
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Wash it up, throw some wax on it & take some good photos of it on a forum for these types of cars such as https://classicoldsmobile.com/forums/ or something else thats busy. Get their opinion, find out a price range and advertise it on autotrader,ebay, kijji etc etc
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Some ppl buy cars for pure nostalgia...eg this was the car their dad had and they grew up in it. Or perhaps they had the car when they started dating their current spouse and got lucky in it. Lol.

If the car is in good shape and runs it should sell IMO. There are ppl on here spending more for a steak than you might be asking for this car.
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