View Full Version : Mid-1980's Tercel Hatchback

05-01-2007, 03:47 AM
I'm buying a two-door Tercel hatch for $100 in the next few days.

It kind of smokes and has GANGSTA spraypainted on the side.

If I flat black it and put a set of wheel covers on it, what could be a good selling price?

I'm trying to make some money.


Any dumbasses in the world that may pay more than that?

05-01-2007, 05:38 AM
that 3A motor is bulletproof.....any 2nd gen tercel that runs is worth $500 bux. I have one and I buy one every year as a winter beater and always sell them again in the summer for a coupla hundred more than what I paid. The thing iI like is they are very very easy to fix.....driveaxles, struts, etc are half hour jobs max

05-01-2007, 06:20 AM
Hells yeah, I think you could get at least $500 for it.

05-01-2007, 06:26 AM
I was gonna say... I thought you were buying one for yourself... I was about to start laughing myself to death because you'd more likely kill yourself than try to get that thing up to speed.

05-01-2007, 09:52 AM
I bought an '84 several years ago to use for commuting, it got crazy mileage like over 40mpg. I paid $650 for it from an old couple, is was a 4dr with that nasty pumpkin/rust color paint. I got rearended about 8mos later, it was totaled and the insurance shot me a check for $1532. If I had a chance to get another one I would, and I'd keep it, specially if it was an awd one. ;)

05-01-2007, 11:34 AM
One of my old roommates had a Corolla Tercel. Still has actually. it has been through hell and back, and The Blob still gets her back and forth to work every day.

05-01-2007, 01:30 PM
Ya its a great year for the tercel, you do kinda need to list miles and rust etc. I would probable put a 300-250 maaco paint job on it. Thats if there is no rust. And you could probable get 900-1000, just a thought:) And find a way to get rid of that smoke, see if its an easy fix and if so fix it. It might just have really really old oil in it or something.

I would fix it up and try to sell it for more, but that could take longer then you want. A good tercel sold to a person who knows how reliable it is will snap that stuff up.

heck if you lived in ohio i would pick it up for 500.

05-01-2007, 04:43 PM
It has 125k miles, or right around there. I believe it is a 1985.

Body is in okay shape. Apparently they gave it a flat black pain job already. That sucks, because I was hoping to show you guys the GANGSTA written on the passenger side.

Will be for sale in Bremen, IN 46506. I'm located 20-30 minutes south of South Bend (Notre Dame). I'm two hours from Chicago, and two hours from the Ohio border.

So it's a worth investment for $100?

05-01-2007, 05:10 PM
This is basically the car right here: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2207629


05-01-2007, 06:29 PM
Theres a 4wd tercel in our junk yard around here. it says 4wd REAL big on the back.

05-01-2007, 08:35 PM
yah the 4wd wagons are pretty cool in the winter. Same motor still. You can easily get 5 to 6 hundred for almost any tercel that year that runs

05-01-2007, 11:06 PM
Okay. I'm using you guys as a base to tell customers that want to give me like $50 bucks for it...haha.

NADA says it's only worth roughly $350.

I mean, I know the Tercel was a cheap car brand new...but I'd like to make some money.

I may put $700ish OBO on the FS sign and in the news paper.

05-01-2007, 11:07 PM
I, too, have seen the 4WD wagons. They're pretty sweet. The Pizza Hut delivery dude here in town used to have a late-1980's/early-1990's Corolla All-Trac wagon. It was a five speed too. Not to shabby.

05-01-2007, 11:26 PM
$500 is a good asking price. 700 is too much if you're trying to flip it. Remember, you should always leave a bit of room for negotiation. Don't take less than $350 or whatever, keep in mind that you're looking for a quick sale and most people won't care so much for it's condition if it runs and it's cheap.

05-01-2007, 11:50 PM
True that. We'll see what happens. I'm still waiting for the current owner to get the title from his grandfather, and then give it to me.

I also have the chance to buy a 1990 Tercel coupe for $150. It needs a new fuel pump but is clean other than that.

05-02-2007, 12:21 AM
Should your new name be the "Tercel Trader?" Or Seller? :hehe: best of luck. Nice deals your picking up yo.

05-02-2007, 01:30 AM
Pick them both up spend about 100-150 and sell them for double what you paid. If you want a quick sell just take whats reasonable. Dont give what he wants but take less then what you are asking. Dont put OBO, and dont put FIRM. Just put a price usualy people come by expecting to haggle some. If you say OBO people will want it for half the price your asking.

They will point out flaws, and you can point out the pluses, just dont argue with them.

Ive seen some good newbie paint jobs with an air gun. I would just to stay away from rattle cans just because it makes it look even more tacky. Just clean it up and hide the flaws.

05-05-2007, 07:34 PM
Car burns oil "like no other" according to the guy whom owns the car right now.

Still worth the money to sell?

05-05-2007, 07:56 PM
In my opinion, nope. I would have if it didnt 'burn oil like none other', but if it does, its not worth it. IMO

05-11-2007, 11:58 PM
Well guys.....


Some kid from South Bend bought the car for $475.00. He brought $500.00 but I told him I'd take $475.00 so he could fill the car up with gas for the way home.


I'm getting that 1990 Tercel soon too. This one is in better shape, doesn't burn or leak oil and will have a gutted cat, new exhaust, and new fuel pump.

I may try and sell that one for a sticker price of $700.00.

I'll get pics of the GANGSTAcel soon.

05-12-2007, 12:04 AM
buy andys 3rd gen

05-12-2007, 03:31 PM
I already have a RWD Celica.

Yes, damn it....that's RWD too!