Is $3,000 too much to ask?

I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire w/power sunroof. It runs great and I haven't really had any problems out of it. In fact, I don't even want to sell it, but we opted to get a 4 DR when we found out we were going to have a second child and the car is only a 2 DR.

Anyway, my husband painted it black due to the red paint fading and the only thing that's really wrong with it is a crack in the windshield - which happened recently when (I assume) a rock hit it from someone driving down the alley and we're going to get a different windshield put in it. There's also a "rip" in the side of the drivers seat when the fabric started to wear. (not too bad)

Other than that, we took it around last year when we were looking at cars and the dealer lots were asking us how much we wanted for it instead of just making an offer.

I looked up the NADA value of it (it has 117,169 miles) and the high value is $3400 and the middle ground is $2,800. Is $3,000 a reasonable price

Update:

While it's affordable to keep - I agree - my husband has a truck so insurance for three vechiles is getting to be a little too much right now (even though this one's the cheapest).

For those of you those of you are saying it's too high - why? Is it just the age that's a problem?

Update 2:

To Shaq: Yes, I'd buy it - In fact, I did buy it and I paid more than $3,000 for it. In fact, paid just a hundred less than book for it. It's been a wonderful car - very reliable!!

I've kept up on the oil changes, the brakes and rotors aren't very old, the sunroof doesn't leak --- I'd say in comparison to most of the used cars I've seen - it's far from "crap."

Update 3:

I don't expect to get full retail for this car. I'm not exactly stupid here, but I've taken really good care of this car and obviously (as would any of you), I want to get as much as possible for it.

Update 4:

Shaq:

Might want to get full details on a car first before looking up trade - in the poorest condition - trade value is over $700. In good condition, which mine is $1,025. Last year, I had dealers ready to give me over $2,000 for trade.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Sounds fair....Remember the high amount would be for a car in excellent condition, middle price is for good condition, and low price is for fair condition. If the car is that old and only has the conditions that you describe, that sounds pretty good. You can always come down on your price, but you can never go up so it is better to start high.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a market thing which means that you can sell it for no more than somebody else is willing to pay. Book prices are usually higher than real life ones because the publisher gets paid by dealers. I suggest you ask $3K, and let it go to the highest bidder. From experience, I know that these cars are not easy to sell so don't get upset if somebody offers $2,000.

  • 1 decade ago

    Reasonable maybe, If the sunroof doesn't leak, great. Painting it just dropped the price unless it is a professial paint job. Have your receipt. Be up front with all that is wrong and sell " As Is". Sounds as though you might be at the low end though. High miles, tread on tires? Paint job, windshield. worn interior. As the saying goes its worth only to whom that wants it.

  • kitty
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Why don't you keep it for a second car it's paid for and the tags are low I would hold on to it if i were you In case something happened to the other car you just never know It runs good no problems Your set all it needs a a little (TLC) in fixing it up I'm sure you babied it GOOD LUCK

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wouldnt pay it, you should try with the car dealers first to see if they will give you that, but selling person to person no I would go for 2000-2500

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You are selling crap for $3000..... would you buy it? Not even for $1500.

    KBB Trade-In value is $670!!!!!! That's how much a dealer would give you... which means you'll be lucky to get $1000 selling it privately.

    Doesn't matter if it's reliable.... all used cars for sale are reliable, at least that's what all their owners say.

    Go to Carmax and get a free apprasial..... maybe that will make you realize how silly your $3k asking price is.

  • 1 decade ago

    For a 10 year old car, in the condition you describe, you would be lucky to get $1,300, tops.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would ask $3400. Somebody might pay it. If not, it gives you negotiating room for your target price. It seems like a nice car. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you should have no problem gettin around 3 for it

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, it sounds reasonable.

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