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What is a Leer shell worth used?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Sharky, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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    Sharky

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    I have been looking for a bed cover of some sort (Undercover, Extang solid, etc.) for a while. Saw a local guy selling a short bed Leer shell and am wondering what it would go for. I believe it is 3 years old. Looks to be in good shape. Matches the color of my truck (white). Mine is a 2012 (will it fit?).

    Without telling you what he's asking... what would you offer? Would this be a good option? I want something to put on the back so I have some space to move luggage and such when I travel with my family (we go back and forth between Utah and California quite a bit to visit family). Should I stick with something like the Undercover, or is a cap a better option for security and travel?

    Thanks for any tips. I want to know if he's in the right ballpark pricewise and if it's even worth me going to check out, or if it will lower mileage and such too much. Any feedback appreciated.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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    LEER Shell with dome lights operated with 3 way switches, aux backup lights with relay and 3 position switch, modified wiring to compass/temp display and clock to include switch that disables dimming function (poor man's DRL solution), Scan Gauge 2
    I paid 1600 brand new. I have optional vented windoors on both sides, removeable slider in front, standard rear framed window, carpeted interior. Without options they start at 1,000. When I was looking for used, I would have paid 700 for one that was the right color. Up to 400 for one I'd have to paint.

    Gas mileage difference has not been measureable for me.

    I would not be without a shell. A cover might be okay, but I haul my mountain bike inside currently, and I sleep back there sometimes. If I had a need to remove it often, the cover seems like it would be easier to handle. Currently I will rent or borrow a trailer or a truck with a naked bed if I need an open bed.
     
  3. Apr 5, 2012 at 5:15 AM
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    You need to give us more information, like the model (XQ, 100R, etc), does it have a carpeted headliner, cab light, roof rack, screens for the windows, removable front window, etc. Shells can start around $1,000 new and go to well over $2,000 for a dressed up model. That being said, I bought a shell a couple years ago used for $700. The guy selling it bought his truck used with the shell on it and didn't want it. The shell I bought was an ARE MX series so it's a mid-rise and has a carpet headliner, a light and window screens. New, the shell probably cost around $1,500 - 1,600.

    If it is from the same style of truck, 2005 - 2012 double cab short bed for example, it should fit.

    I have noticed any loss in MPGs for highway travel. If you have a heavy foot, you might notice a slight drop in town just due to the extra weight.

    I went from a soft tonneau to a shell and love the shell. Having plenty of dry-lockable storage for longer trips or camping is very nice.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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    GOOD used condition, I usually figure 2/3 the original price as a fair price on most anything.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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    Watching Craigslist and this forum, I've seen the prices fluctuate wildly. I've seen guys trying to sell their shells for a couple of hundreds less than what you can get them for new. I've also seen some rock bottom prices from guys who just want them out of their garage.

    Prior to picking up my Leer tonneau cover, I was looking at the Leer 100XQ shell. I found a guy down near Tampa who just wanted his gone. He was advertising it for $700, and even said he would come down to $400 if I came and picked it up that weekend. Mind you, this was a $2K shell new. I'm still kicking myself in the ass for not making the drive and taking that off of his hands. But it would have required a 4 or 5 hour drive and a few hundred more bucks to repaint. Didn't want to bother with it at the time....
     
  6. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM
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    bought my snugtop rebel with liner, light, screens and drop down slider for $450.00. it was super white, matched truck perfectly. 3-4 years old @1600-1900 new. so worth it, still get 20-24 mpgs if i stay below 60mph on highway. had to drive from vegas to phoenix to buy it. we met at gas station and swapped it out there in about 45 minutes. what a great upgrade for cheap, it is in perfect condition. used shell is worth no more than 50% of original price to me. great when you get aSNUGTOP for 450.00, plus 80-90 in cost of gas to go get it. i searched craigslist for weeks daily in all surrounding cities of 300 mile radius from vegas till i found one, which included cities with large populations in every direction(craigslist is a used buyers dream). personnaly, 600.00 would be my limit on any used shell, and it would have to match and be atop of the line model. make sure they they send you pictures of every angle before you drive far to go buy. take your time , search daily and you too can find a great deal on used...happy shopping my friend
     
  7. Apr 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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    i just bought a leer top for $575. it came from a 2008 model, and matches the paint on my 2012. fits perfectly. i found it on craigslist, and had to drive 400 miles to get it. so i should add the cost of gas and motel in, but i don't, because we went to jacksonville and stayed at the beach, so that was just regular expenses for me. and i got a top while i was there.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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    Thanks everybody for the replies. I've seen pics of it. It's white (so it should match my truck properly). He said he doesn't know the model number, but he says it cost him $1900 new in 2009 and it has sliding windows on the side, and then the window in the front lifts up for cleaning (?). I am guessing he means the one from the shell to the cab can be lifted out to clean between them or something.

    It looks to be in very good condition. Doesn't look like it comes with any sort of a rug kit. He's asking $1000. I think that's a bit high.... but not bad compared to the $800 or so the dealers want for a hard tonneau. If it were $700 I'd probably buy it right now, but I'd hate to lowball the guy. That doesn't mean I'd offer him $1000 or even make an offer. It just seems like he's set on getting $1000 so probably not much sense in wasting his or my time. I think it would look nice on my truck though. ;) Probably not $1000 nice for something that is probably at least 4 years old (he said it was on his 2009.... but wasn't clear if it was a 2009 model year shell or not).

    Thanks for any advice. If there is a better top I should be looking at... let me know! My wife kind of likes the undercover for getting groceries and travel and such to keep the groceries and luggage locked, but then being able to take it off fairly easily once in a while when we need to make runs to the dump or Home Depot or what have you.
     
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