Hello, I need a little input if some of you would be kind enough to help me out. I haven't posted in a while but I always enjoy reading the threads I get in the Aveo Update.
I posted before about my Mom's 2006 Aveo LS. She bought it new after my Dad passed in 2005, he always drove bigger cars and she wanted something more suited to her 4' 10" height. Dad retired from GM so she got it at a discount, I have the window sticker and invoice somewhere; IIRC she paid right at 10k for it including TT&L.
She went into assisted living 3 years ago and had quit driving before that as her dementia worsened. She passed away in March.
The car had less than 9 thousand miles on it in early 2015. I have used it in the past 3 years and put another 15K on it, a 20-mile round trip to check on her house a few days a week and a 200-mile round trip as often as I could to visit her. She mostly drove it on 60+ mile round trips to her out of town Dr. and to shop until she had to stop driving. It's never been a short-trip car.
I am the executor of her estate.
I am either going to sell the car or else buy it for myself but I need a good, realistic value for the car as I have 2 siblings to settle with. Neither of them want the car and we're not feuding over money (there isn't much left after 3 years in assisted living) but I want to be fair to them. I've looked at similar cars for sale (never any with the low miles this one has, though) and the prices are all over the place. Dealerships all ask about 1K over the Kelley retail price but I doubt that they actually get that. Kelley Blue Book puts it at $1361 trade-in value and the average private party value at $2628. I know that these aren't high-end cars, it's 12 years old so it's unlikely a bank would loan much so I imagine it will be a cash buyer that gets it... but I thought it was surely worth more than 2600 bucks. What do you guys think? This forum has to have the most combined Aveo experience so I'm asking for an opinion based on the real world.
About the car: 2006 LS 4-door sedan. Silver. 24,000-ish miles. No rust. No accidents. Clean interior with little wear except for a 4" split seam in the passenger seat that looks like it wasn't stitched well at the factory but it shouldn't take much to fix. I might get that done before I list it.
The dealer changed the oil the first time and I've changed it 4 or 5 times using Mobil1 and a Wix filter. Yokohama tires have about 8k on them (the originals flat-spotted and I couldn't stand to drive it like that anymore). I replaced the timing belt and water pump last summer as a precaution since it had a lot of years on it. I used an OEM Daewoo belt and water pump. I didn't do the cam and crank seals because they weren't leaking. I put Zerex Asian formula coolant back in it. Replaced the serpentine belt too.
The body has a few scratches here and there but they will touch-up. One small dent in the roof from a Walnut, I moved it to mow, parked it under the wrong tree, and had a dent an hour later. I suspect squirrel involvement. No rust. It still shines up, I've kept it waxed, and the clearcoat is solid.
I had the DRL recall done.
I'm hearing a squeak from a control arm on slow bumps and that's the only issue that I know of; I simply haven't had time to investigate that yet.
Sorry for the long post. But I wanted to give an overall description of the condition.
What would you folks ask for the car if it was yours and you wanted to sell it? I've attached 2 pictures, they are all I have at the moment. I took them last fall.