Car lover who listed his ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL’ Dodge Nitro for $70k more than it’s worth claims he already has ‘lots of offers’ as he reluctantly puts the ‘showstopper’ up for sale
- The owner of a barely modified car hopes it can attract eight times its value
- A reluctant sale has led to a hopeful and outrageous asking price for the car
- The 2008 Dodge Nitro is worth around $10,000 but the owner wants $80,000
- He has valued the car at that price himself, going solely off its ‘aesthetics’
A hopeful car salesman has reluctantly listed his beloved Dodge wagon for an incredible $80,000, a massive $70,000 above what it’s worth.
John, a Brisbane lawyer, put his 2008 Dodge Nitro up for grabs on Gumtree this week, asking $79,489.33 for his ‘beautiful’ car, when the car typically retails for around $10,000.
Despite the massive asking price, John claims he’s received some ‘quite significant’ offers already.
Between the chrome accents and the bright red paint job, John said the reason he was asking so much above market price was because the car’s unique and aesthetic value was worth every cent.
‘Oh wow, people just admire it, they just like it,’ John said.
‘It’s like a beautiful lady, if it is parked next to a Lamborghini you’d still notice it first.
‘Despite the market value, it’s really like a million bucks.’
Car-sanova: John hopes this handsome, cherry-red Dodge Nitro (pictured) can tow in a whopping $70k more than its price guide on its good looks alone
The offers keep rolling in, John said, but he was unable to disclose the specifics while the car is still on the market.
‘I’ve had a lot of offers that’ve come through. Some have been quite significant,’ he said, despite the car only being listed a few days ago.
In the original listing, John described the car as a ‘showstopper’.
‘I have one of the most beautiful cars, and it could be yours. The selling price is not the car’s market price but its unique value. The car is a show stopper. Everyone admires it. The car is unique, stands out and is one of a kind among other 2008 Dodges,’ the ad read.
Quite the catch: The Dodge Nitro packs an automatic transmission and four-by-four drivetrain along with its buff body
John said the car could be used for a myriad of things, suggesting the next owners may like to use its ‘good looks’ to shine at a weddings or other events.
But John admitted his decision to put the Dodge up for sale was not an easy one.
He is only parting with the cherry red SUV as international business calls him away to West Africa from his home in Queensland, and said ‘selling it is not something (he’d) like to do’.
Bringing sexy back: The seductive Dodge still has its original paint and chrome finishing from 2008
He said the hefty price wasn’t because of modifications he’d made – the car still has its original 2008 paint job.
No cosmetic upgrades or body kits have been fitted on the original vehicle to boost its value.
The car is completely original, aside from under the hood where the engine has been completely gutted and replaced as the old one was prone to overheating.
The Dodge Nitro SXT engine has a 3.7 litre displacement, in a naturally aspirated V-6 configuration, a fully new Chrysler Powertech engine runs in just under $5000.
John’s Dodge, which he calls his ‘beautiful woman’, doesn’t have any special memories attached to it, just all of the show-stopping moments he’d enjoy driving it around town.
Second-hand Dodge Nitro price guides value the 2008 4×4 between $9,000 and $14,000 with pristine, top-of-the-range SXTs fetching that higher price point.
The powerhouse car can also reportedly tow 2270kg of braked trailer.
The American wagon doesn’t have the greatest track record for reliability and with 130,000km on the clock, the deal rests in the eyes of the next beholder.
John hopes the car’s devilish charm and chiseled frame may just be enough to seduce its next owner.
On ratings website Carsguide, the model is frequently lashed for its unreliability.
Under a question where a user asked, ‘Are Dodge Nitros good and reliable cars’ the website said: ‘in short, no. They have a horrible history for sub-par engineering that ends up causing huge reliability issues. There are dozens of other 4WDs you can buy that are much better’.