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$12.5k for a 2005 John Copper Works Mini with 93k miles

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Old 01-22-2010, 06:04 PM
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There is a 2005 John Copper Works Mini for sale with 93k at a local dealer (non mini dealer) and they want $12,500 for it, is that too much? they will not sell it for any lower. I don't know the resale value of these cars and how reliable they are.

There is also a private seller asking $20k for a 2005 John Copper Works with 23k miles on it. What would be a better deal? How reliable are these cars? especially at higher milage?
 
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:27 PM
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you don't say what options are on the car ... The options change the value considerably
you can look it up on KBB with that high of miles the price sounds about right
since I have no way of checking maintenance ect I'd be very scared of a 95K car that was driven 20K a year unless you can get an extended warranty


the lower mileage sounds like the better deal
 
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The high milage mini has only the sport package from factory the JCW packages were installed later.

The 23k miles car has the premium and sport package as well as the JCW packages all three from factory.

Both have the harmon kardon sound
 
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punch it in KBB and your zip code and it will give you the value in your area
 
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I just had my '04 smogged yesterday..at 100,098 miles. Passed with flying colors and almost NO emissions! It has almost everything JCW and is a blast to drive.. I do change the oil myself at half the recommended interval using ONLY Mini or Castrol Synthetic and it still uses almost none between changes. If it's well maintained it can make a world of difference in the long-term outlook.

Good Luck whichever you choose.

Jim
 
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by aztec33 View Post
There is a 2005 John Copper Works Mini for sale with 93k at a local dealer (non mini dealer) and they want $12,500 for it, is that too much? they will not sell it for any lower. I don't know the resale value of these cars and how reliable they are.

There is also a private seller asking $20k for a 2005 John Copper Works with 23k miles on it. What would be a better deal? How reliable are these cars? especially at higher milage?

Well, I'm not sure where you're at, but I'm in Wichita, Ks.

I recently fell in love with a Mini. The way it drove, the way it rode, the looks of it. So I started looking to buy one. Here's the ones I've found in my area to "compare prices"

03 Cooper with 76K miles - $12,900
05 Cooper S with Nav and 54K miles - $19,999
05 Cooper S JCW - $21,999
04 Cooper S 87K miles - $17,950

I did find a 07 JCW Cooper with ALL the options, wheels, and only 14K miles for $9800 at a dealer in Tulsa,Ok. I called and filled out the credit app, then the manager told me it was a type and it was 19,980.. I said if it was advertised at that price they had to sell it...didnt work.

And no, they wont move an INCH on the prices. There isnt a Mini dealer anywhere near me, like 175 miles in the closest one, so I'm going to make a weekend trip next weekend to get one.

I've been doing some reading and the Mini Cooper has the highest resale value of any car ever sold in the US. For that reason if you want to haggle, someone else wont haggle tomarrow. All the ones I've found are similar in options and mileage. NADA and KBB values these cars pretty good.

If you live near a Mini dealer I would suggest going there. They can service the cars, inspect the cars much better than "bubba" down at the Ford dealership where they picked up a 100K mile Mini someone didnt care for at an auction.
 
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:51 AM
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mini's do hold their value extremely well... I know several folks that trade in every other year with no negitive equity...I was offered $2000 less then I paid for it on trade , not bad for a 4 year old 50K car...

Most dealers will not deal off msrp, but might deal with options ect matts/accessories
There are GREAT deals right now , I bought the wifes 10 clubmman with 0% APR for 72 months, and the dealer threw in a free package
 
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Thats about what I paid for my Cooper S and it had 50k mile's. Look around you can always come across good deal's. My car was for sale at 12k but I talked the dealer down to 10k + ttl so it came out to like 10.5k
 
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