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Old 03-06-2018, 09:03 PM   #1
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Whats a good offer for....

Theres a 1970 C10 shortbed near me that I came across and I've been trying to think of a good sold and fair number to offer on it. 1970 Short fleet with 51,000 actual miles, 283 four speed, bought new by the city, pretty plain jane. But they want to know what I think its worth and what i would offer to buy it. Id like to own it, just not sure with its lack of options what to offer..My emotional side is probably way too high so I am bringing it to the experts. Runs and drives good title etc. let me know what you think.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:03 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:10 PM   #3
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Looks pretty clean, I’d say 5-6k
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:15 PM   #4
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That's a pretty cool find.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:20 PM   #5
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

not expert by ant stretch but I agree with projectking, leaning toward 5k but if theres no rust at all 6k.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:42 PM   #6
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If its a small town, without the red tape bidding process. I bring in 2700.00 cash in one pocket and 300.00 in another pocket. Money talks. 283 didnt come in 1970, but that still is a good motor to keep.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:52 PM   #7
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Based on pics alone, I'd have to agree, 4.5K-7K depending on part of the country. BUT, if the city is selling it AND they are asking you what it's worth... sounds like an invitation to low-ball. I'm with Myoldtruck on the offer price, but I might have $2300 in my pocket rather than $300 if you really want it. If you offer $2700, they may think the are swindling you if they counter off at $3700. Sounds like a good opportunity. I'd want to know which 4-speed is in it - since the engine has been changed out. I'm guessing a car 4-speed judging by stick position. Personally, I'd start at $2000 and see what happens - just have cash for your personal limit handy.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:53 PM   #8
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Someone had also moved the shifter to the floor. I'd bet it's a 3 spd trans that had a column shifter. Looks like a pretty solid truck though. I'm by no means a expert on values, but to me 3 to maybe 4K probably isn't too far off.
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Agreed 4-6k. Just depends on the area. If it's super solid, maybe more.. and it just depends how bad you want it.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:42 PM   #10
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

My '68 is not as solid as that that one, and I've turned down $7k ...twice.
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:35 PM   #11
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7500 tops, swb, 283, original, nice. If it is the city your dealing with, offer 1200 and go from there.

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Old 03-07-2018, 08:05 AM   #12
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Offer a $1,000.00 and they will come off the price they were thinking already, it's the oldest sales trick in the book having the buyer set the price when the seller doesn't want to shortcut himself out of potential profit .

You : How about $1,000
Seller what ? I was thinking maybe $1,500.00 , Now you know where your at rather than walking up and offering $4,500.00 foolishly .


You can't be both the seller and the buyer Your not there to make a new best friend your there to buy at the best deal possible .
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:52 AM   #13
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Offer a $1,000.00 and they will come off the price they were thinking already, it's the oldest sales trick in the book having the buyer set the price when the seller doesn't want to shortcut himself out of potential profit .

You : How about $1,000
Seller what ? I was thinking maybe $1,500.00 , Now you know where your at rather than walking up and offering $4,500.00 foolishly .


You can't be both the seller and the buyer Your not there to make a new best friend your there to buy at the best deal possible .
I agree with this. usually city state or county vehicles sell cheap. they are not car dealers looking to make a profit.
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I agree with this. usually city state or county vehicles sell cheap. they are not car dealers looking to make a profit.
And they usually arenít car people, just someone in an office trying to make things go away.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:55 AM   #15
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Agreed. I'd probably start around 2500 and see what they say from there. Realistically, I'd probably pay around 5000 if I was shopping for that one.

Everything's relative. Maybe 10K is no big deal for you, maybe its worth 5 and you really want it, then who cares? Maybe they looked it up in KBB and decided it was worth 20K? I'd offer 2500 and see where they're at. Cars are strictly worth whatever someone is willing to pay.

Sometimes is just speaks to you and you just want it and that's cool too.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:40 AM   #16
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

The truck is worth $4k-$6k all day long on the market and would sell for that with even a reasonable bit of sales effort.
So from that you have to develop your strategy.
You have to act fast tho'....the longer it lingers and the more they 'talk' about it, the more the price is going to go up or someone is going to step in with real money and take it.
I wouldn't putz around with 'lowball' offers....and I don't want people to have to walk away (and talk) and think about it because it seems low.
Make sure you deal with someone there who has the final say in it....and go in with the cash on you and assert that you can have it out of there today.
I would also 'hint' at a $100 finders fee for the guy who greenlights it quickly....noting that if it is a municipal arrangement and process, a little extra pocket cash for the administrator can help things along.
Personally I wouldn't start any offer below $2500 on that truck because of the reasons I just listed.

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Old 03-07-2018, 05:02 PM   #17
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

Even if the mileage is low, if it was owned by a municipality it has idled for 8 hours a day for decades. I guarantee it.
Still worth $4.5-7K.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:08 PM   #18
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I agree with this. usually city state or county vehicles sell cheap. they are not car dealers looking to make a profit.
Double agree. I think it's a 6K truck as well before reading everyone's posts.

However, as mentioned, as a state vehicle, they've got their money's worth out of it and just want it gone now. I'd offer $1,500 and you'll probably end up around $2,500-3K.

Now if they put it on one of those auction sites that sells state stuff... gloves are off.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:47 PM   #19
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Re: Whats a good offer for....

He said solid and fair.....where the truck came from is irrelevant. They came looking for his opinion on value.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:18 PM   #20
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used city equipment sells for pennies on the dollar. they look at it as used equipment not a classic vehicle. you go in there offering classis money and they will think they have something. don't let other people spend your money for you.
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Were 283's even an option in 1970?

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what grumpy said ......
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:27 PM   #24
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Tell them $3500. If you can buy it for 5K you're doing good.
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I agree with the low ballers. Worst that happens is you get upped on the price. I've bought vehicles advertised for hundreds more than I offered and eventually paid. Bring a big chisel, especially if you don't have that much money to begin with, and scrape as much as you can off the price! How much someone thinks it is worth and would pay is meaningless, unless they are standing in line in front of you. No offense meant, btw.
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