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View Poll Results: Late Model C3 Value After Chrome Bumper Conversion
Increase Value 9 26.47%
Value Stays The Same 4 11.76%
Decrease Value 21 61.76%
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Poll: Late Model C3 Chrome Bumper Conversion

I was thinking today about the Custom Image chrome bumper conversion. I am very excited about this new product and was wandering how this conversion would effect the value of our C3's.
I think it would help the value of my vette because of the fact it has a lot of different year model parts on it and it will be considered a custom vette in the end. So here goes Mark
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If you like it and are going the custom route then go for it.

But if you're concerned about selling the car later and it's resale value then remember that any extreme mods may limit the number of potential buyers to people with similar tastes in mods to your own.
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The poll needs more options.

It's a custom mod, pure and simple.

A chrome bumper mod to a non bumper car will drop the value to a buyer looking for an original bumper car. However, to a buyer looking for a car with some mods in mind might pay a tad more for one with the bumper rear end.

So, it might raise the selling price to someone looking for mods, and it'll drop the price...maybe even scare potential buyers away...that want an original bumper car.

Not to mention, it's still a '74 - '82, and if you put a bumper rear end on one, you'll alienate some of the rare folks that shy away from the bumper cars ion favor of the later rubber cars.
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The end value means nothing to me. I am building mine the way I want and I plan to buy one of these for mine. When time comes to sell..... if I sell, and the buyer likes it, then I say it increases the value. But if an NCRS guy is looking at the Vette, he will think that value is now worthless. All in the eye of the potential buyer.
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I thought more about this after I posted..... In my particular case, I have a '78 L-48 Vette. Nothing special, in a year when there was a Silver Anniversary model as well as a Pace Car. Mine was neither, not even an L-82. So I decided to do a Resto-Mod and build it they way I wanted. Very few parts are original on my Vette.

But, if I had one of the special models or if my Vette was factory condition clean, then yes, I believe doing a mod like this would devalue it. In the rubber bumper years, there are very few "valuable" Vettes like there are in the preceding years.
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Everyone has their own opinion on what to do with their cars. Some say keep it the way the factory built it and then some say change is good. I say it's your car so do with it what you want. If you plan on selling the car sometime in the future and are worried about the value of it then don't make alot of changes-engine,trans or body parts. If your going to keep it then go with the changes you like or want for it. Some are bought because of the original version and some are for the changes that have been made. The price you get is based on what a person is looking for or what they can afford at the time.
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If the the car is Cool when its done then it is cool!
If it looks awesome then potential buyers will more than likely thinks so too.They might not want to spend the dough on a true steel bumper just to not really be able to enjoy it for fear of depreciating or damaging it.
I don't know of many true collectors going after the rubber bumpers yet.(Unless they are extremely clean and low mile.)
Not to say that it won't happen.If it does then this will help not hurt.There are too many out there to be had that would require you to be upsidedown in a restoration.(cost vs value)Sad to say but rare and hard to find helps.If this takes off they might go up soon!
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Everyone has their own opinion on what to do with their cars. Some say keep it the way the factory built it and then some say change is good. I say it's your car so do with it what you want. If you plan on selling the car sometime in the future and are worried about the value of it then don't make alot of changes-engine,trans or body parts. If your going to keep it then go with the changes you like or want for it. Some are bought because of the original version and some are for the changes that have been made. The price you get is based on what a person is looking for or what they can afford at the time.
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If the the car is Cool when its done then it is cool!
If it looks awesome then potential buyers will more than likely thinks so too.They might not want to spend the dough on a true steel bumper just to not really be able to enjoy it for fear of depreciating or damaging it.
I don't know of many true collectors going after the rubber bumpers yet.(Unless they are extremely clean and low mile.)
Not to say that it won't happen.If it does then this will help not hurt.There are too many out there to be had that would require you to be upsidedown in a restoration.(cost vs value)Sad to say but rare and hard to find helps.If this takes off they might go up soon!
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Value is in the Eye of the beholder. Lets take the Mistress for example, is there anyone here that would disagree that this car is going to be stunning when its done? Would you be able to sell it for whats in it, maybe to the right buyer and that group of buyers is a small group. Never the less the Mistress will be a car that will impress must people that ever see it.

If a custom is done with tasteful choices I think you would raise the value above what it was as an original as long as it's not done to a rare original car, but remember that rarely would you see all of your invested money return at sale, if this is a concern then you should find something else to invest your money into instead of automobiles. I chose to build my ride to suite me and I'm not concerned about resale, I'm having fun building cool cars.

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After reading the posts so far and thinking about the comments I have to say I posted this thinking only about custom C3'S. After all if anyone did this to there vette it would be considered a custom, in my mind. So with this being said the value should exclude a stock late model C3 and the poll should be thought of as the chrome bumper conversion only verses a custom late C3 with other types of mods such as spoilers, ground effects, tall hoods, other custom after market bumpers, side pipes and the list goes on. So in your opinion would the chrome bumper conversion increase, decrease, or stay the same in value as compared to a custom C3 with other after market bumpers if a custom vette is what your looking for. Or maybe this poll just needs to be Mark
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After reading the posts so far and thinking about the comments I have to say I posted this thinking only about custom C3'S. After all if anyone did this to there vette it would be considered a custom, in my mind. So with this being said the value should exclude a stock late model C3 and the poll should be thought of as the chrome bumper conversion only verses a custom late C3 with other types of mods such as spoilers, ground effects, tall hoods, other custom after market bumpers, side pipes and the list goes on. So in your opinion would the chrome bumper conversion increase, decrease, or stay the same in value as compared to a custom C3 with other after market bumpers if a custom vette is what your looking for. Or maybe this poll just needs to be Mark

Since were talking customs, then it really depends on what the buyer wants out of it. But that goes with any highly customized car, not just with chrome vs rubber bumpers. I would assume that many people looking at highly modified cars will be less interested in what style it originally came with and be more concerned with how it is now. In reality it probably wouldn't hurt the value too much and may not affect it all.
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Look guys don't over think this poll. Its just a value comparison between the late model C3 custom after market bumpers that can be purchased and added to your vette.

Examples







and there are others out there besides these
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At the end of the day it's a custom. If it's done tastefully and done well, i doubt value will be a problem.
The only problem with a custom is finding that person who digs your taste as well should you decide to sell it.
Also, it's bolt on not permanent.
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i personally will most likely going with the rear bumper conversion my car's custom anyways and i figure why stop?

and you forgot to post the aftermarket bumper he was inquiring about :P

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