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Old 05-17-2019, 08:31 PM   #1
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Should I return my car to stock before selling?

I have a 2012 GTI 5 speed manual and fully loaded with leather. My only modifications are a APR Stage 2 tune with a modified APR turboback to quad pipes, and a APR air intake.

Would I receive a better offer selling stock or modded?

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Old 05-17-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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Sell it stock
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:50 PM   #3
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You get more money if you sell it stock mostly just because of the money you make back on your parts.

I'm lazy though so there's certain parts I'm not gonna bother to put back to stock. I don't have my stock turboback so I'll probably just leave my exhaust in. I'm definitely not putting in a stock clutch to get my smfw back lol...but things like tail lights, head lights, my golf r front bumper and side skirts, tyrolsport hatchbrace, cobb ap, and wheels/tires are all staying with me to be sold off.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:27 PM   #4
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Generally speaking, you should return to stock. TBE and intake are easy to swap back, and should be easy to sell as they are also some of the most sought after parts aside from wheels. If you had an LSD or other transmission upgrades, the amount of effort may not end up being worth it though.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:57 AM   #5
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In for details on the 5 speed swap
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:59 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
In for details on the 5 speed swap
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:48 AM   #7
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If you have the stock parts and don't mind spending more time or money installing them, and don't mind the hassle of selling and shipping the performance parts, then by all means do that. In my experience, I sell the car AS IS. The right buyer appreciates the upgrades, and will pay a little extra for them. The car is stage 2, you should sell it as such.
You're doing the future owner a disservice if it doesn't have the supporting mods.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:16 AM   #8
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All about time vs money. Do you have the time and effort to put the car back to stock? If so, yeah, you'll make more going back to stock so you can resell your parts on the side. Otherwise, if you do not, you may be able to ask a lil more for the sale, but some buyers are worried that because they see the aftermarket parts that you beat the car to sh!t and might be hesitant to buy it. You also cannot add-on the total amount of the parts of what you would get if you sold them separately. You'd have to give a general add-on cost of your mods while taking a loss if you had sold them separately because they'll worry that the car just isn't worth it with the total added on even if they understand the parts bought would cost around that much.

Again though, it's time vs money. If you got the time, you'll get more $$$.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:26 PM   #9
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When I was shopping for my car I stayed away from modded cars. I'm sure there are great modded cars out there, but any modding has to be done by me.

You'll do much better returning to stock if you have the time.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:59 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post
In for details on the 5 speed swap

can't unsee it now.
by the time you've read this, I'd have already done.....this > Mostly stock, APR stage 1 2.4 file, Stoptech rotors, GFB DV
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