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Offline 1973Formula

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How much does original mileage affect value on a car that has undergone a complete restoration?  In Texas most older cars regardless of mileage show actual mileage as "exempt" on the title.  You could set the odometer to 0 after a restoration and it would be perfectly legal based on the Texas title.  I realize that verifiable low mileage on a survivor car is important.  But should I pass on a restorable car because the mileage reads 250k?  Personally, it doesn't matter to me.  I am just curious what other think about this.

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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 03:20:28 PM »
It wouldn't matter to me if the odometer has rolled over ;)
If you're planning to do a top to bottom restoration on a non-"survivor", the mileage would be irrelevant IMO.
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 03:23:43 PM »
yeah my car says exempt on the title and it didn't really have a ridiculous amount of miles for her age.

I really have no idea, but I think if you're doing a full restoration it wouldn't matter too much legally if the odometer was at zero. it could of just rolled over anyways.
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 03:29:34 PM »
I set the odometer at zero on another complete rebuild just for maintenance purposes.  The vehicle was basically better than new after all the work we completed.  I am more concerned about whether you guys would pass on a restorable car just because of high mileage.  It doesn't sound like it makes much difference.

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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 08:56:28 PM »
I am more concerned about whether you guys would pass on a restorable car just because of high mileage. 

High mileage...no engine..no tires...stripped shells, etc  :D :D :D
Not much stops me from buying a good project car  ;D
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2008, 09:03:42 PM »
not much??
you mean noothing! haha  ::)
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2008, 09:07:04 PM »
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008, 09:13:07 PM »
I don't think mileage matters on a vehicle that has undergone a complete restoration - I see those advertised as "5K miles since complete restoration" ... depends on what complete means to you.
If you're buying an "original", untouched TA, I guess mileage matters against price.  
If you're buying a rarer vehicle, say an SE, how many are really left?  Mileage or not, I say buy relative to the costs to fix/make it what you want it to be.

Keep 'em alive.
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2008, 05:32:55 AM »
I have no idea how many miles my car has, it says expempt also.  I don't care on the miles, I plan to rebuild it anyway and with it being a 10th Anniv they are getting more rare as time goes on.
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Re: Odometer reading 250k miles. Does it really matter on a resto?
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2008, 08:50:38 AM »
I agree I don't feel mileage really matters in a complete restoration.If the car were an original untouched survivor, then it might matter. Other then that it wouldn't to me at all.
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