Originally Posted by ERG80
That's a good question and I was actually thinking about that since im casually searching for a truck. It makes a difference to me especially if the rest of the truck is very well taken care of. Its hard to calculate how much though. I think Nada and KBB would have begun to factor those things into their prices by now due to the market so Im not sure how much additional premium an excellent condition truck could get over what they estimate.
I'm considering selling my '01 after the frame restoration which included frame, leaf springs, brake lines (huge cost!), brake cable, and EVERY SINGLE NUT AND BOLT required to do this. I even have photos from the dealer with my truck totally taken apart, invoice of parts, new frame photo before/after etc.
KBB value is $7650? This '01 truck has 72,000 miles on it with all this replaced?
The dealer showed me the parts list when he replaced the frame. He said it was over $11,000 parts and labor and LABOR was a reduced rate due to warranty work. I picked up and held the box of just the nuts, bolts, washers and hardware required for the frame swap. It weighed well over 25 pounds... just nuts and bolts for the most part. What is that worth alone???
There has to be a way to PRICE these trucks with new frames for sale compared to those with original frames. Mine feels and drives like new. It has to be worth MUCH more than $7650 KBB. I'll keep it for that as I put $2500 into it at the dealer to make it close to new. Opinions apprecaited.