TTAC Commentator Rehposolihp writes:
I drive a MKV GTI and despite it being a car that always brings a smile to my face when its working…well, just having to make that last qualification doesn't bode well for me. Combine that with a warranty on the verge of expiration and I'm fairly sure I should run away now. The only thing I've done to it is popped on a boost gauge, and purchased an ECU flash (which can be locked back into stock), because I wanted to be reminded that I drive a turbocharged car from time to time. Before I start snapping photos and trying to sell should I replace it back to stock? I may have possibly broken the poor original vent assembly into tiny little pieces in my clumsy attempt to remove it, but the surrounding bits still look good. So - is the minor hassle of replacing it back to stock going to net me a profit, or am I over thinking a boost gauge?Sajeev Answers: You aren’t over thinking this situation, “shifting” a modified car to a new owner is big money. And it’s a buyer’s market. So return it to stock and sell your mad-tite boy racer parts on a VW forum who might have better luck with them. But let’s cover the spectrum of modified whips. Big name tuner creations like those of “Rad Rides By Troy” rarely change hands publicly, because they are commissioned like works of fine art from centuries past. I suspect their owners adopt a wait and see approach to selling: once the buyer with the right bankroll shows up, the vehicle is then for sale. Not a moment sooner. And it’ll sell for something close to the six-figure build cost. More to the point, you don’t understand what I’d do to have The Blowfish in my garage. From what I’ve seen, cars of this caliber (pun intended) are just that NSFW-ing impressive. A tuner car from a mid-level shop (Lingenfelter, Hennessey, Dinan, etc) is a different story. Everyone from overcompensating men with an addiction to Ed Hardy clothing, easy credit and spa-perfected girlfriends, to a self-made man who refuses to “tune” in their spare time buys these cars. While I am sure women do buy these things, I’ve yet to meet one. No matter, these cars are more dispensable than anything in Rad Ride’s portfolio. Expect that, after Hennessey finishes stitching his name in the headrests of a Camaro, the “investment” will sell for 20-40% of its original value. While Yenko, Shelby and others show that things change after three decades of marinating, tuner cars have a short shelf life in the meantime. And if you’re desperate enough to dump a tuned car on the last-chance folks in Carmax, don’t be surprised if your cash offer is thousands less than a stock version. I coulda sworn I saw a Ford SVT Lightning owner on the verge of tears when he dumped his pulley/tune/exhaust’d ride at the local CarMax. Ouch. All of which doesn’t especially bode well for you. So, again, sell your car with stock parts, and let someone else deal with its problems. Here’s to your next car being stock, or on a more robust platform that won’t rob you blind when the boost comes on strong. Or even stronger than strong.
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