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Old 07-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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Trade in of tow vehicle. Leave base plate or replace with bumper?

So far I am getting highball prices and they are lowballing my trade.
But only two dealers so far. Checking on the internet they are over a grand what others are paying for the same unit.

One dealer used the excuse since I towed the car they would have to go over all the bearings and mechanics to make sure it was ok. Same dealer tried to hold my keys hostage during negotiations. They returned them as soon as they got me angry enough to let everyone know within a few mile radius.

Dealer two didn't have any problems with it towed and was a grand over the first on the trade value. Still too high on out the door.


What is everyone common practice in regards to trading in. Do you take off the base plate and replace with the old steel bumper/framework or do you leave the tow bar on and give back the bumper with the car?

Since I I might not get a price I like and might need to use it soon, I haven't just put it back to OEM with the bumper and removed the base plate. Otherwise I would do that and there would be no questions in regards pulling it behind a MH.

Up to this point I have sold private party. Last tow I sold with the base plate installed. I offered to remove it and return it to OEM, but the person that bought it had me leave it in place.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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My thoughts on trade in's is to remove all tow accessories; i.e. base plate, brake system, hitch ball, etc. before selling as they may be re-used by you again, or sold separately to another RVer. As a general rule, owner installed ccessories do not increase re-sale value to a dealer.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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On my CRV I decided to not worry about the future. The bumper core may have had some used parts value so my FIL has some room to hold on to it but if he needs to get room in his garage back he can toss/salvage it as he sees fit.

I do not intend to put that core back on before I get rid of it. Perhaps I can sell it to another RVer with a need for a toad.
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On my CRV I decided to not worry about the future. The bumper core may have had some used parts value so my FIL has some room to hold on to it but if he needs to get room in his garage back he can toss/salvage it as he sees fit.

I do not intend to put that core back on before I get rid of it. Perhaps I can sell it to another RVer with a need for a toad.
Just traded my Taurus off on a CRV. Left all the tow gear on for the dealer to worry about. In my case I was not prepared to deal with the hassle of removing the BP etc due to timing. I know I did not get the trade value I might have but to me it was worth it.

Sky Boss, how long have you had your CRV? The choices of small SUVs that are towable are limited and the CRV seems to be one of the better ones. Sure gonna miss my 365hp Fun Car though.
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Just traded my Taurus off on a CRV. Left all the tow gear on for the dealer to worry about.
Hey, on a Taurus, that may increase the value! Probably that was the only real quality part....

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My thoughts on trade in's is to remove all tow accessories; i.e. base plate, brake system, hitch ball, etc. before selling as they may be re-used by you again, or sold separately to another RVer. As a general rule, owner installed ccessories do not increase re-sale value to a dealer.
I agree. Take all the stuff off and no questions asked. Then you can reuse or sell as required.
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Hey, on a Taurus, that may increase the value! Probably that was the only real quality part....

Lol
The SHO is NOT your fathers Taurus. This thing will peel the skin back on your face when you punch it. 60,000 Miles and never gave a problem. Only reason for the trade was size. Needed a smaller vehicle.
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Just traded my Taurus off on a CRV. Left all the tow gear on for the dealer to worry about. In my case I was not prepared to deal with the hassle of removing the BP etc due to timing. I know I did not get the trade value I might have but to me it was worth it.

Sky Boss, how long have you had your CRV? The choices of small SUVs that are towable are limited and the CRV seems to be one of the better ones. Sure gonna miss my 365hp Fun Car though.
I got my CRV the day after Christmas and started towing it in middle March. I agree about the hassle of getting the original bumper core on and, besides, the base plate is more stout than the original core anyway.

We decided on the CRV because we didn't see a need for a hard core 4WD like a jeep. It is big enough for our needs including hauling our GSDs around too. MPGs are reasonable too and being lighter weight can't hurt the MH MPGs either.
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I love my 2010 CRV and if I can get the right price I would like to move to a new one.

Base plate from the 2010 won't fit on the 2013 which is why I would just as soon not have to replace it and deal with the hassle of putting the steel bumper core back in. I wasn't sure if it is affecting my trade in values.
What I don't want to do is take it off and go around to dealers only to find I can't get my price and then have to put it back on O_O

So most remove it before going to the dealer? or letting the dealer know you will change it out before bringing in the trade?
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Traded my 2013 explorer with baseplate installed. If they want to sell you a car they won't care. I wouldn't accept less than I wanted, be ready to walk, someone will want your business. For me it wasn't worth the hassle of taking it off, as it wouldn't fit the new car.
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I love my 2010 CRV and if I can get the right price I would like to move to a new one.

Base plate from the 2010 won't fit on the 2013 which is why I would just as soon not have to replace it and deal with the hassle of putting the steel bumper core back in. I wasn't sure if it is affecting my trade in values.
What I don't want to do is take it off and go around to dealers only to find I can't get my price and then have to put it back on O_O

So most remove it before going to the dealer? or letting the dealer know you will change it out before bringing in the trade?
Have you tried the classified here on the forum? Folks are always looking for good used toads.

I sold my Saturn (as a toad with all equipt., in 2 days on Craigslist.
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I just traded in my '04 Trailblazer for an '11 Jeep Liberty 'cuz it's a bit lighter,gets a few mpg better (very few), and the TB was developing some major maintainence issues that were looking as if they were going to cost some major dollars. I had the dealer pull all the stuff off the TB and the only things that were usable weren't. The base plates will make someone a great anchor and it turned out the unified brake system that I had gotten used probably hadn't worked for quite awhile. Of course I didn't tell the dealer that I had almost 20K towing miles on it that didn't show on the odo. They did actually wholesale it out insidfe of a couple of days. I wound up getting the Liberty base plates installed and had to buy a Master brake as the unified was C**P.
My opinion is to just trade the durn thing in as is 'cuz the base plates aren't going to work on the new toad and there is too much liability in selling them to someone else to use.
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I guess I'm not up to speed. What type base-plate requires removing the bumper while it is installed? The Roadmaster base-plate kit for our Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is difficult to see when the removable brackets are stored. Since the base-plate is vehicle specific it will stay where it is when sold.
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Take off all tow items and return it back to stock. I went to trade in my 06 Jeep and just left the baseplate on and got low ball offers. Went home and took it off and got a good trade in price at another dealer. Could have been just the dealers but I'd never trade in a towed vehicle with all the stuff still on it.

I looked at a 08 Jeep 4dr with 30,000 miles and it had a Blue ox baseplate on it. Dealer said one owner. 30,000 miles on the odometer and who knows how many miles being towed. No thanks.
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