97 Disco - looking for advice on sale

mc9735

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hey guys - if this is not cool to post here, send me the right way.

I inherited this truck from my friend in CA a few years ago...132K miles, runs great, have done some light off-roading in it, but never built it out as planned. In short, it needs a new home. Two questions...

1) the truck is generally in great shape, but front seats are beat and the headliner needs replaced...should I invest the money to do this before selling or let it ride?
2) what's the best approach to selling? Auction, here, elsewhere? Any ballpark figures? It's honestly in great condition...details below.

Hope these questions aren't too asinine, I just don't know a lot about these trucks and would like to find it a good home...I think it's deserving.

Details
- I drove it back from LA to Chattanooga a few years ago and it went smoothly!
- flushed all fluids and ended up replacing radiator, water pump, brake master cylinder, steering stabilizer, plugs & wires, new tires...prob other stuff i'm forgetting
- cracked windshield, one rear window doesn't work, alarm system and door locking is maniacal, ABS light, occasional engine light
- new audio system (speakers, sub , amp, head unit, etc)

Appreciate any guidance y'all have to offer.

-Mike
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MM3846

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headliner+seats and a detail will net you MUCH more money. Easily $5k if you're thinking auction sites. Add another G if you get good photos taken.
 

mc9735

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headliner+seats and a detail will net you MUCH more money. Easily $5k if you're thinking auction sites. Add another G if you get good photos taken.
I got a quote to reupholster seats at $900 per seat 🤯 so I think that is out. Is $4k a fair asking price as is?
 

terryjm1

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I got a quote to reupholster seats at $900 per seat 🤯 so I think that is out. Is $4k a fair asking price as is?
I would think $4,000 is in the ballpark. What really will determine that is rust. Take some photos showing typical rust areas, body mounts, under the cargo area carpet, and in particular the seam in the back seat door openings. I have posted a photo of that specific area I am talking about. I am fortunate to not have rust in that area as it is a really common rust spot. Showing no rust there will really increase interest from those that know these Land Rovers.

You can buy upholstery kits that are not terrible to install for a whole lot less than $900 a seat that are really nice. The headliner can be done for a reasonable price and in my opinion now that I have replaced one would be a real incentive to buy if already done.
 

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Tugela

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1) the truck is generally in great shape, but front seats are beat and the headliner needs replaced...should I invest the money to do this before selling or let it ride?
2) what's the best approach to selling? Auction, here, elsewhere? Any ballpark figures?

Sprucing up the interior will make this Disco much more attractive to buyers. See if you can find a set of front seats from a donor truck nearby to swap in. Obviously availability will depend on where you are. Headliner definitely needs replacement and while you have it out you might as well track down whatever leak might be causing the mold. If not done recently, new plugs and wires are an inexpensive improvement.

As for approach to selling, don't expect to get much for it here. You'll never find a more wretched hive of cheapskates and lowballers. List all the work you've done in detail, including mileage/dates of repairs. Take lots of close-up photos of the rust-prone areas: rear door arches, under the loadspace carpet, under the front footwell carpets, frame and underside. Get it detailed. Take a video of engine starting and running. Be transparent, highlight all the shortcomings you're aware of. This is not a distinctive vehicle so I doubt the big name auction sites will be interested in it, but ebay is always an option and a good way to reach a wide audience. You can always post it locally on craigslist simultaneously, as well as the numerous Land Rover for sale Facebook groups.

Consider adding a zero deductible glass rider to you insurance coverage. That might take care of the windshield.

It's more effort, but getting figures for compression, coolant temps, etc. will give buyers a more detailed picture.

After all that you could have a shot at $5,000. But you never know, there may be someone out there who just has to have this and will pay more for it.
 

mc9735

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Sprucing up the interior will make this Disco much more attractive to buyers. See if you can find a set of front seats from a donor truck nearby to swap in. Obviously availability will depend on where you are. Headliner definitely needs replacement and while you have it out you might as well track down whatever leak might be causing the mold. If not done recently, new plugs and wires are an inexpensive improvement.

As for approach to selling, don't expect to get much for it here. You'll never find a more wretched hive of cheapskates and lowballers. List all the work you've done in detail, including mileage/dates of repairs. Take lots of close-up photos of the rust-prone areas: rear door arches, under the loadspace carpet, under the front footwell carpets, frame and underside. Get it detailed. Take a video of engine starting and running. Be transparent, highlight all the shortcomings you're aware of. This is not a distinctive vehicle so I doubt the big name auction sites will be interested in it, but ebay is always an option and a good way to reach a wide audience. You can always post it locally on craigslist simultaneously, as well as the numerous Land Rover for sale Facebook groups.

Consider adding a zero deductible glass rider to you insurance coverage. That might take care of the windshield.

It's more effort, but getting figures for compression, coolant temps, etc. will give buyers a more detailed picture.

After all that you could have a shot at $5,000. But you never know, there may be someone out there who just has to have this and will pay more for it.
wretched hive of cheapskates and lowballers...lol. thx for the advice!! I honestly just want it to go, but I get all you're saying. I think if a potential buyer could drive it, they'd be impressed...so maybe auction isn't the right move.
 

mc9735

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I would think $4,000 is in the ballpark. What really will determine that is rust. Take some photos showing typical rust areas, body mounts, under the cargo area carpet, and in particular the seam in the back seat door openings. I have posted a photo of that specific area I am talking about. I am fortunate to not have rust in that area as it is a really common rust spot. Showing no rust there will really increase interest from those that know these Land Rovers.

You can buy upholstery kits that are not terrible to install for a whole lot less than $900 a seat that are really nice. The headliner can be done for a reasonable price and in my opinion now that I have replaced one would be a real incentive to buy if already done.
You have a link to these kits? Thx!