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Author Topic: 97 Subaru Outback install  (Read 4802 times)
K7RBW
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2011, 08:00:30 AM »

RE: reducing the trade-in value by installing radios...

I used to worry about that, but after trading in a few cars with radio installs (that were removed before trade-in), I'm convinced that unless you leave gaping holes or dangling wires, (things that look ugly or raise questions) the radio install is the least of your worries when it comes to resale value.

After a couple of years, the general wear and tear of a car makes a few holes here and there a non-issue. Roof mounts? cover them with a cap. Dash mounts, fill/cover the holes and no one will bat an eye. Extra power wires? Dress them up or advertise it as "wired for a bumpin' stereo install!" (and charge more Smiley )

If you do a crappy install, sure, that will lower the value because of the damage that will need to be repaired to make the car sellable. But if you do a decent install, to bend over backwards in the name of "saving the resale value" for 99% of the cars on the road is just silly (IMO).
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W3LK
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2011, 01:37:47 PM »

Once the odometer hits about 80k, the trade-in value of any vehicle has bottomed out - seldom more than $1k, and then the vehicle has to be is otherwise top notch condition in the interior. Most of the time, any such vehicle will not wind up on the dealer's used car lot but will be wholesaled to an auto auction firm.

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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2011, 09:33:59 AM »

Wow. So you weren't really looking for help or opinions...you just wanted people to tell you that its okay to use double-sided tape instead of doing a proper install?

Now that I (and others) know this, we won't bother you with our opinions any more Smiley
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