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considering trading in my '04 3i for the new speed3. trying to find out how modifications affect the trade-in value? I haven't done much to my 3, TB bypass, TB ground and K&N CAI. The two TB ones can easily be undone, but when removing the resinator it was damaged so the K&N would have to remain on the car. anyone been through this?
 

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You wont get extra monies for mods

Most mods are frowned upon

Return to stock, sell whatever mods can be sold

and get the MS3
 

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I'll put it simple: Mods kill the value of your trade. Most people want to buy an unmolested car. Mods often mean the car has seen a hard life. A dealer has to find just the right person to buy a modded car, and the cars tends to sit. Therefore, mods = major price drop.
 

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[quote author=ruel24 link=topic=69943.msg1217782#msg1217782 date=1171937859]
I'll put it simple: Mods kill the value of your trade. Most people want to buy an unmolested car. Mods often mean the car has seen a hard life. A dealer has to find just the right person to buy a modded car, and the cars tends to sit. Therefore, mods = major price drop.
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I think the best method is to sell the mod on the M3F sell forum and subtract about 20-30% off the price you got it.

It also helps if you include shipping in the price and the original packaging, etc.
 

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now i just have to talk my better half into this hair brain idea, thanks for the advise
 

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does your car have the 2.3 or 2.0?
 

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if they use the same air box i have one.
 

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When I worked at a dealership a great while ago, the used car manager sometimes wouldn't even consider a trade unless it was returned to stock. Mufflers and custom wheels were OK (as long as they weren't some obnoxious style rim) but obvious engine mods, especially those that affected emissions, were usually a no-no. Most dealers can't resell a car that has had its emissions equipment modified, even if it doesn't affect the emissions of the vehicle.
 
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