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'97 DeVille – 9,465 original miles!


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My mother's one-owner 1997 Cadillac DeVille has just 9,465 original miles.

This sand-colored Cadillac is pristine – always garaged – and never in an accident. The car is superb inside and out. All service records since new, and my mother will verify all history. The original purchase price was $45K in AZ, and includes the optional Gold Package and padded top in flawless condition. Carpets are like new. All leather is perfect and very supple. No one has smoked in this car, and it stills smells new.

Please, serious inquiries and offers only from qualified prospective buyers.

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Price?

Maybe others can help me figure out how to price this car. I can't find comps in this mileage range. Ideas? I did see one in TX several months ago for about $17K with 20K miles – twice the miles as my mom's car. It was not as well equipped. Edited by stevenvillatoro
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Try kelly blue book, but low mileage raises the price only so much. At some point it becomes a 13 yr old car. In other words, you can't expect to get $34K for yours based on your example. That said, I have no idea what to ask. Certainly more than the average, but how much and how much is too much, I dunno.

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As Ranger said, low mileage does not add that much to value. A car of that age, 1) needs to be driven as seals dry out from sitting and it may leak badly in short order, and 2) things like the grease in the alternator bearings, hub bearings, AC hub bearings and other greased items dry out and will need replacing. AC seals go dry and leak out freon.

In addition, many people thing because a car is not driven much, not much maintenance is done. I would be VERY suspect as to when the coolant was changed, if this coolant has not been changed on the required schedule it might have turned acidic corroding the head bolts.

I bought a low mileage Deville and spent the next 5 years replacing and rebuilding it..

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I just did a KBB analysis, with 9750 miles in excellent condition its worth $3900

With 97500 miles in excellent condition its worth $3465, so the mileage adds about $500

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As Ranger said, low mileage does not add that much to value. A car of that age, 1) needs to be driven as seals dry out from sitting and it may leak badly in short order, and 2) things like the grease in the alternator bearings, hub bearings, AC hub bearings and other greased items dry out and will need replacing. AC seals go dry and leak out freon.

This car has been driven regularly. It shows no evidence of any leaks. Not long ago, our Cadillac dealer did a complete inspection of potential issues you mentioned, and made needed repairs of worn items. Thanks!
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The mileage doesn't really seem to make a huge difference in price, but it does make one.

My car, a 1994 Eldorado with 155,000 miles on it and all options besides heated seats is listed at 4,360$ retail on KBB in excellent condition. (I would rate it as good however, but this was just for comparison)

When I put in the mileage as being 9,750, it raised the retail value to 5,335$ in excellent condition.

That's about a 1,000$ dollar difference.

If the car is in really good running condition and has been maintained well, you could probably add 500$ or so to the blue book value for it, and get it. That's what I would probably do since there is a good chance that people are still going to try talking you into lowering the price. Then you have that 500$ difference you could take and still get the blue book value for the car in the event that you can't get the full asking price.

You also have the benefit of having the car garaged, and being in a state that doesn't have to worry about snow and road salt, so there is very little chance of anything under the car being rusted...let alone the body.

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Sold. Thanks to those who commented – post may be deleted.

What did it sell for?

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

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How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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