My poor Mini has had its exterior paint damaged by the sun and by age. It’s now twelve years old, after all, and we have no garage or carport; it’s lived without a roof over its head for at least the five years since I bought it.
Trying to sell it “as is” may be all I can do, but I’ve been looking into having it detailed, figuring most buyers want a prospective purchase to be attractive. I have four estimates so far. The least costly is $150. The highest is $380. Considering that the Kelley Blue Book value of a 2005 Mini in “fair” condition is $1900, I might have to spend more than 10% of the prospective sale price to make it pretty. One of the estimators said after seeing it “there’s no way that can be considered “fair” condition,” which isn’t at all encouraging.