Have You Ever Considered Remodeling Your Car?

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Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in SacramentoEverybody knows that the moment you drive a brand new car off the dealer lot, the value drops when those tires hit the street. Still, there's a certain appeal to buying a brand new car. There's an agent in my office who trades in her car and buys a new car every year. She just gets tired of her vehicle. She doesn't lease; she pays cash.

I took my car to Tom Stephens Mercedes in East Sacramento last week for its annual service. Stephens is the best Mercedes auto shop in Sacramento; he used to be a manager at Mercedes, and he intimately knows these cars because that's all he does.

That's when I realized that my car is 9 years old this month. I wondered if I should buy a new car. Not because I need a new car because I don't; it has less than 40,000 miles. But I also realize that real estate clients expect their agents to drive newer cars. It's perception, in part. It's why I wear suits and not cut-offs to work.

I love my car because it's fun to drive and because it's a convertible. The drawback is it has only one passenger seat, but I either drive with my buyers or I borrow my husband's Prius when I show property. If I bought another car, I'd probably get the same model; that's how much I enjoy it.

The service manager suggested I spruce it up by buying sportier rims, which now has me wondering about remodeling it. Hey, I know I won't get the money back out of it, but it's a lot less expensive than forking out $50,000 for a new Mercedes. I could use new leather seats, I suppose. Maybe buff out the paint or paint it a different color. Then replace the tires so they're all the same size and I can rotate them, which would give the tires a longer life expectancy.

I could easily drive this car another 10 years and it still won't turnover 100,000 miles. What do you think? Is remodeling a car a bad idea?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
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If you love it, keep it.  One of the things we need to do today is watch our money and keeping a car would be good for the budget.

February 01, 2009 07:58 PM
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Jon Zolsky
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How you mqanage to have less than 40K miles on a 9-year old car is beyond me. I think my Mercedes is 2001 (I should have asked my son, he knows better, but he is dating), and I have over 100K.

And I am in Daytona, where distances are not really killing

February 01, 2009 11:53 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Elizabeth - My son has a 1990 Mustang that he refuses to part with.  It's been sitting in a Mustang restoration shop for the last several months, getting a new engine and going beyond restoration.  When he told me the cost associated with all this, I almost fainted.  But when a car is a "family member" it's difficult to pull the plug.  You provide all the life-support you can :-)  The car is black now, as it was in the beginning.  But there was a period of time in his life when he had it painted a shade of lavender-purple, called "Statutory Grape."

February 02, 2009 08:17 PM
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Missy Caulk
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40K miles in 10 years. Wow I am shocked. I put 25K on each year. Do you want to sell? How did you do only 40?

February 03, 2009 06:21 AM
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He sounds like your son, Myrl. :)

Oh, I dunno why the mileage is so low, Missy. I did drive it from Minneapolis to Sacramento. I mostly sell around the inner core of Sacramento -- Midtown, Land Park, Curtis Park, East Sacramento  -- so I don't drive very far. When I go any distance, it's usually with my husband in his car. I have special rates on my insurance for driving under 7500 miles a year.

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February 03, 2009 11:16 AM
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Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate, midtown Sacramento office. Selling since 1974. Homebuying expert at About.com. Best short sale agent in Sacramento. Elizabeth sells homes from Galt to Lincoln.
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Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, who specializes not only in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento but sells extensively from Elk Grove to Lincoln. Weintraub is prominently known as the #1 Sacramento Short Sale agent throughout the Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you.