Originally Posted by Sweatmachine
The best thing you could do to get a premium price for your truck is to find a private buyer that's really into the mods you've done. You'll get good money and they'll be happy.
Any of those places that "buy yours even if you don't buy ours" are going to give you pennies on the dollar.
If you sell to a dealer you're better off returning the truck to stock and selling off the parts.
I agree 100%
Top tier branded mods with top notch installs are going to give a better impression compared to average/budget brands installed in a driveway boogered together. This is obvious.
Selling to a dealership, they'll argue about how they cant offer a warranty on the non-ford parts, turning some people off. Theres dealerships Ive seen that'll buy the truck dirt cheap and turn it around to sell as a turn key upgraded truck with a premium price because "itll save you the time of modding it yourself."
Ive read lots of articles on resale value, and the ONLY way you'll get decent return on your mods is to sell private party to someone who loves the mods and you can chat with to prove it's dependable etc.
I did that with my previous sports car with engine, suspension, braking and cosmetic mods. I didnt get full value of the aftermarket parts, but I got a great price because it was upgraded with increased functionality. The qualities the buyer wanted in my car were enhanced with my mods, making it more appealing than a bone stock car.
If youre selling to a dealership, part it out and bring it to them as stock as possible. If you dont want the hassle of stripping the parts off and dont want to get
by a dealer, sell private party to someone who wants a modded truck like yours.
Jalopnik, a very popular site, had a good article on the subject