My 2002 flame red Clio 172 is amazing. Only has 73K on the clock and drives like a dream. Has been super reliable with only a few small issue with the biggest being a leaking radiator which I had replaced. Condition inside is mint and still has the original Renaultsport mats, stereo, CD (CD part not working) and 6 disc changer and speakers. The outside condition is also pretty amazing. A couple of small parking dents but no cracked or chipped paint anywhere. The car is standard apart from a Ktec stealth exhaust.
Value wise I would say £1500 or maybe a little less.
However, it does need the following things done to it.
Cambelt and auxiliery belts - £500
Front Tyres x 2 - £150
CD Player - £30
So I am already up to half the value of the car. Plus the wheels are pretty scruffy and really could do with a refurb or replacing. Either way, if I left them as they are and sold the car as it is, then realistically, I am looking at getting £1200 - £1400 minus the bits that need doing leaving me £520 - £720 profit.
Now, I need to buy a new sensible car for work and I was going to keep the Clio roadworthy and do some trackdays in it (used to do them in my Lotus), maybe 5 or 6 a year to start with so nothing sesious. However, I am beginning to wonder if it would be better to either put it up for sale as it is without the belts done and see what I get or trade it in against a new car and then perhaps buy a Clio 172 Cup at a much later date. The advantage of keeping the current Clio is I know its history and it drives briliantly but it does need money spending on it if I was to keep it and track it. Breaking is not an option as I don't have the time, space or resources.
What you think guys, flog/trade it in and buy a Cup at a later date or spend the money and keep it?