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    Recoup cost of carpc when vehicle is sold?

    Hi. We just got a new car, a Honda Pilot, and my search for a do-it-yourself way of adding an iPod port port to the stock radio led me here (thanks a lot guys, for turning an idea to save some money into a possible $1000 project ).

    I'm not brave enough to start hacking into my new car's dash yet, though, so I thought I might practice on my old vehicle - a '97 Grand Cherokee. It's got 112k miles, but I knew I could get more than the $2,000 the dealer offered me. Blue book value is ~$3,800, and I'm fairly certain I could get that much for it.

    I'd like to get everyone's opinions of whether it's reasonable to assume I will recapture the costs, or perhaps even make a small profit, of a carpc when I sell it (assuming also I do a competent job). I would think so, but I thought those some might have been in similar situations and could pass along your experiences. Maybe it turns off people who aren't comfortable with computers, maybe supporting (or more likely *not* supporting) the unit post-sale leads to issues, etc?

    Also, those who have installed carpc's... is this the kind of thing where, though you're glad you did it, you wouldn't want to go through it again? I'd hate to get done with all this in the Jeep and then not want to deal with it in the Honda. I know this probably varies by person so just soliciting opinions...

    Thanks in advance.

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    I seriously doubt it.

    The depreciation of the vehicle itself will offset any increase in value of the PC install, no matter how good the install is.
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    Thanks for the reply. I guess I wasn't clear. I meant recouping costs on the Jeep, not the Pilot -- the Jeep's pretty depreciated already. If I'm pretty sure I can get $4,300, for example, with the stock radio, is it reasonable to assume I could get $5,300 with the carpc?

    I realize it's a guess, at best. But I'm sure someone on this forum has sold their carpc-equipped vehicle before. Just trying to get a gauge on whether it will be more likely to add value or more likely to turn potential buyers off due to perceived complexity.

    I'd like to practice before I do the Honda, but not if it's going to cost me money I probably won't get back.

    Thanks again.

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    Most people want simple I think , they want to put a CD in and it plays , or listen to the radio , they don't want something that takes 30 seconds to load and you need to learn how to use, and can be unreliable.

    But I guess it depends on who you are selling the car to.

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    I plan on selling my car when I graduate and get a real job. I knew this when I initially planned out my carpc, which is why I made everything easy to take out and revert back to stock. For example, the stock headunit and speakers that I took out, I am keeping in the basement so that they can be put back into my car when I sell it. I bought a single DIN motorized screen (which I regret btw) that easily fits into my double-DIN opening instead of molding it in and ruining my dash.

    To be honest, when you sell your car, I'm pretty sure 95% of your potential customers wont want/need a carpc in the car no matter how cool it is. A carpc is more of a cool hobby, than as a value booster for your car. Also remember than you designed the carpc yourself and if anything goes wrong, the new owner of the car probably wont know what do to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColKurtz View Post
    Thanks for the reply. I guess I wasn't clear. I meant recouping costs on the Jeep, not the Pilot -- the Jeep's pretty depreciated already. If I'm pretty sure I can get $4,300, for example, with the stock radio, is it reasonable to assume I could get $5,300 with the carpc?
    Again, I seriously doubt it.
    Unless you're able to find a buyer who is keen on the idea of a PC installed in their vehicle, I wouldn't expect to get anything extra for the PC.

    Personally, I would set it up so that you can yank the PC out and transplant it to a different vehicle when you sell it, and put in a simple aftermarket headunit. That's my plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Again, I seriously doubt it.
    Unless you're able to find a buyer who is keen on the idea of a PC installed in their vehicle, I wouldn't expect to get anything extra for the PC.

    Personally, I would set it up so that you can yank the PC out and transplant it to a different vehicle when you sell it, and put in a simple aftermarket headunit. That's my plan.


    There are a select few who have come to me and actually offered to buy my car because of the computer in it. THey dont realize I put it in there sort of thing, they believe it is an all in one package. Those are the people that will pay money for it.

    But here is the problem with that. They are also the people who think the cdrom drive is a cupholder. Basically they want all the cool schwag, and will pay to get it, but if something goes wrong, you can guarentee they will be barking up your but to help them fix it for free forever. So I would not want that looming over me.

    The best way to do it is to make everything reversable. Old people like stock. Kids like not-stock.

    So I have an etire spare dash in my garage both with the stock HU and an aftermarket hu with metra kit, so that when the day comes to sell my car, I know who I am selling it to and pop in or out the appropriate piece. Who knows, when I actually get to sell it, perhaps products like the G4 will have become mainstream and it will be an advantage, but I seriously doubt it.

    Spare pieces on ebay are really cheap. I say do it onyour new car that you will be driving. But make sure that the main dash piece where the screen will go, you keep the stock one, and modify the spare. Other than that, there is no additional modifiction needed. Just a few wires to the battery.
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    Thanks guys. That's the kind of feedback I was hoping for. I figured some "free" practice would be helpful, but the last thing I need is to be in the hole before I even begin on the newer car. I'll probably just take my time and jump in head-first on the Honda.

    I think practicing on a spare dash kit is a great idea, but I'm having trouble finding one. I think I'm looking for something like this (either original OEM or otherwise). I've looked at some Honda parts sites but I can't seem to find this piece -- the navigation (double DIN) dash kit. Does anyone know where I might find one, or possibly the proper term for it so I would know what to search for?

    Thanks.

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    You can get a dash at the junkyard.

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