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Hi Guys,

New to the forum, I am looking to purchase a R35 GTR in the next 3-4 months and want to start researching everything to understand the market.

I have a budget of around £45k and have a few questions:

1. How many miles are too many, does a high mile GTR come across more problems and how much does it effect the value of the car?
2. Is a 11/12 plate car a lot better than a 09/10 plate? What are the differences?
3. I had an M3 before and the all important ‘run in service’ was key to look for when buying one. Are there any key service/recalls that I def need to look?
4. How does a tuning effect the value of a car, as in if I’m looking at stage 1-4 does it make them worth more when buying and then when I come to sell does it make them less desirable?
5. When selling a GTR is it hard to sell privately, obviously is a specialist car so not everyone is looking to buy one. What has your experience been selling a GTR, do people buy a £45k car privately or more inclined to go through a dealer?
6. Are there any key OEM factory options/features/extras that are really worth having that 1. Make the car more desirable 2. Makes the car nicer to own. And likewise are there some options not worth holding out for?
7. Looking to buy sept/oct is it better to buy in winter, do values drop out of season?
8. Any other do’s/don’ts when buying or things consider?


Sorry for a ton of questions and I appreciate any information you can help me with.

Thanks

Alex
 

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1. How many miles are too many, does a high mile GTR come across more problems and how much does it effect the value of the car?
Mileage is a personal thing, depends what you are comfortable with, a higher mile meticulously maintained car is far better than a low mileage abused car, go for the car with the best history and documented care. As with any car Mileage plays a price in re-sale but not a lot on these cars it appears.​

2. Is a 11/12 plate car a lot better than a 09/10 plate? What are the differences?
People will say the later car is better but that depends, the later cars are softer, do have better seats I nthe recaro edition, DLR's, different wheels, slightly bigger brakes, turbo inlets and run slightly higher power stock.... this means nothing if you plan to tune though as they all have the same achievable upper bhp/torque limit on stock block. The early cars 09/10 had lower resolution screens (MFD)​

3. I had an M3 before and the all important ‘run in service’ was key to look for when buying one. Are there any key service/recalls that I def need to look?
yup run in service/optimisation server at around the sale mileage as the M3, they steering lock had a recall I believe​

4. How does a tuning effect the value of a car, as in if I’m looking at stage 1-4 does it make them worth more when buying and then when I come to sell does it make them less desirable?
Same as any car, modding is a person thing, the things you do may or may not appeal to buyers, it's swings and roundabouts.​

5. When selling a GTR is it hard to sell privately, obviously is a specialist car so not everyone is looking to buy one. What has your experience been selling a GTR, do people buy a £45k car privately or more inclined to go through a dealer?
Again depends on peoples comfort zones, I bought mine privately without even seeing it and I'm glad I did​

6. Are there any key OEM factory options/features/extras that are really worth having that 1. Make the car more desirable 2. Makes the car nicer to own. And likewise are there some options not worth holding out for?
SATNAV was an option, as were parking sensors, cameras etc..... the rest of the kit was pretty standard I think. In the later cars you can get different seats (recaro, Black edition and premium)​

7. Looking to buy sept/oct is it better to buy in winter, do values drop out of season?
Nothing seems to effect the value of these cars as people aren't desperate to sell and they are all year motors (mine isn't but you know) not like 'verts​

8. Any other do’s/don’ts when buying or things consider?
Don't Rush it, look at a few before deciding unless you are lucky like me and find a minter straight away. Check the brakes and tyres as these are a rather large expense especially after you've just shelled out for the car. Speak to the tuner if you can if you buy a modded car. Some tuners will allow you to take the car in for a health check so you could stipulate that in any sale. Obviosly HPI it lol​
 

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Certainly not like Ferrari's ref mileage but I'd personally only look at a high mileage GTR if it was at a significant discount and serviced at the correct times.

09's seem to be getting up to 40-50k miles now on average.

If I were buying today I'd look for a 11/12 Simply because they no longer seem to command much of a premium over the 09/10's and are an incremental improvement.

Colour is personal but Ultimate silver is impossible to colour match without blending which is a real pain if you don't have a local, very competent body shop. One parking ding and you'll have a huge bill to rectify relative to the other colours ( I know as I have that colour and have had to sort out a parking ding which cracked the paint)
 

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1. How many miles are too many, does a high mile GTR come across more problems and how much does it effect the value of the car?
Mileage is a personal thing, depends what you are comfortable with, a higher mile meticulously maintained car is far better than a low mileage abused car, go for the car with the best history and documented care. As with any car Mileage plays a price in re-sale but not a lot on these cars it appears.​

2. Is a 11/12 plate car a lot better than a 09/10 plate? What are the differences?
People will say the later car is better but that depends, the later cars are softer, do have better seats I nthe recaro edition, DLR's, different wheels, slightly bigger brakes, turbo inlets and run slightly higher power stock.... this means nothing if you plan to tune though as they all have the same achievable upper bhp/torque limit on stock block. The early cars 09/10 had lower resolution screens (MFD)​

3. I had an M3 before and the all important ‘run in service’ was key to look for when buying one. Are there any key service/recalls that I def need to look?
yup run in service/optimisation server at around the sale mileage as the M3, they steering lock had a recall I believe​

4. How does a tuning effect the value of a car, as in if I’m looking at stage 1-4 does it make them worth more when buying and then when I come to sell does it make them less desirable?
Same as any car, modding is a person thing, the things you do may or may not appeal to buyers, it's swings and roundabouts.​

5. When selling a GTR is it hard to sell privately, obviously is a specialist car so not everyone is looking to buy one. What has your experience been selling a GTR, do people buy a £45k car privately or more inclined to go through a dealer?
Again depends on peoples comfort zones, I bought mine privately without even seeing it and I'm glad I did​

6. Are there any key OEM factory options/features/extras that are really worth having that 1. Make the car more desirable 2. Makes the car nicer to own. And likewise are there some options not worth holding out for?
SATNAV was an option, as were parking sensors, cameras etc..... the rest of the kit was pretty standard I think. In the later cars you can get different seats (recaro, Black edition and premium)​

7. Looking to buy sept/oct is it better to buy in winter, do values drop out of season?
Nothing seems to effect the value of these cars as people aren't desperate to sell and they are all year motors (mine isn't but you know) not like 'verts​

8. Any other do’s/don’ts when buying or things consider?
Don't Rush it, look at a few before deciding unless you are lucky like me and find a minter straight away. Check the brakes and tyres as these are a rather large expense especially after you've just shelled out for the car. Speak to the tuner if you can if you buy a modded car. Some tuners will allow you to take the car in for a health check so you could stipulate that in any sale. Obviosly HPI it lol​
That's a very good response. :wavey:
 

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I bought mine last May from a dealer in Aberdeen, and me being in Bristol, it was awkward to view it. After talking to the dealer a fair bit and him scanning/sending me all the paperwork and confirming with Litchfields I was ok to go ahead without viewing it (he also waited for me to gather the down payment).

It's a 09 plate, white, had 13k miles, stage 4, new MPSS tyres at 650hp for £48k.

The audio unit has since b0rked but that's a common problem and I've replaced the front discs and pads (it had the factory fitted disc), but that's all (I've put 10k miles on it in the past year).

It had an MOT a few weeks ago and passed with no issues, not even an advisory, which is not bad for a 2009 car.

I'm not sure if I overpaid, I don't think so, bearing in mind the upgrades and low mileage at the time.
 

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In the same position as you [m3csl] with a similar budget, found these links below useful in getting to understand the R35 and the market. This forum has been excellent, good solid information that is easily searchable (so thanks all!!), highly recommend a few evenings trawling through some of the older posts to understand what you are are about to buy, but for a 101:

Explaining CBA and DBA
The differences between Nissan R35 GTR models - AT Performance Cars For Sale

and weirdly enough an Evening Standard Article!

Is the Nissan GT-R a sensible used car purchase? | London Evening Standard


Sample Upgrades and Servicing Costs
Nissan GTR Stage Upgrades - Litchfield Motors

Dealer Market
From my looking for a car in the last month or so https://www.rsdirectyate.com/ helped me understand in terms of watching what was up for sale, how upgrades, years, spec, mileage all influenced pricing - just down to the fact they seem to have a lot of moving stock.

Private Market
And finally.... given eBay, Autotrader, Pistonheads, Gumtree (!!) and this forum, Autotrader has turned up the larger number of well priced private cars IMO.
 
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