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i'm convinced i'm doing the right thing (for me) by loading up a 1LT with all of the performance options, 7MT, Z51, NPP, MSRC, Comp Seats, but wonder if i will have a difficult time unloading this in 2-3 years in order to pick up a Z07? would you be turned off by a 1LT that was packed with performance, but didn't heat/cool your bum, or open your garage for you?

i can easily swing the 2LT (or 3LT, for that matter), but don't want to spend the money if i don't HAVE to since i can save that wad for TIRES. :D what's important to most secondary-market vette buyers in years past? this is my first and i have never considered the car in previous gens, so i'm all new to this.
 

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Short answer.... Yes I'd be a little bummed out.

Most cars these days have heated cooled seats and if you're gonna load it up... May as well jus go 2LT and be modest with upgrades. NAV and exhaust and whatnot. Just my opinion.

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You have to ask yourself, can you find people like you?

If so, then yeah....you'll be fine.

But based on the fact that the majority of people like the creature comforts, it might take longer to sell.....
 

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If money's not so much an issue for you, but what makes you feel like it was money well spent.

You can't be talking more than $2-3k in diff on the resale price in 3-5 yrs. less if u wait longer.


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Short answer.... Yes I'd be a little bummed out.

Most cars these days have heated cooled seats and if you're gonna load it up... May as well jus go 2LT and be modest with upgrades. NAV and exhaust and whatnot. Just my opinion.

MB
yeah, i can't really do without the performance upgrades. it's what makes the car so attractive. it boils down to spending $62K vs. $67K. my gut says that $5K will not return half that in resell value two to three years out.
 

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You have to ask yourself, can you find people like you?

If so, then yeah....you'll be fine.

But based on the fact that the majority of people like the creature comforts, it might take longer to sell.....
i don't know. i'm a bit weird ;-) there are a lot of track guys in this part of the country, and i believe that quite a few would appreciate my less is more approach.
 

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i don't know. i'm a pretty weird MF'er. ;-) there are a lot of track guys in this part of the country, and i believe that quite a few would appreciate my less is more approach.
That's where I was going to go (the track guys, not you being a weird MF'er ;) ). I don't think you'll take a cash hit on resale as much as it taking a little longer to find that right buyer.
 

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Because of demand for z51 this in my opinion will b more important for resale than heated seats or 1 more speaker.
Bigger tires upgraded wheels with the z51 will also make the car more valuable.
As far as the little extras...1lt z51 does it for me





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Like you, I purchased my C7 as a 1LT and added only the options I really wanted: Z51, Auto, Crystal Red paint, Navigation, Chrome Wheels and Performance Exhaust. I have no concerns that I'll be able to move this vehicle when and if the time comes. I could easily afford to get the 2LT or 3LT, but saw no need. Everyone has their own opinion and knows what they can/can't live without, so I'm sure you'll have a mix of responses. Regardless, this is one awesome car!

In short, would I have considered your car if you had it up for sale? ....... Yes!
 

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ALL options depreciate in value over time so the more you spend, the more depreciation you will have. I used to wrestle with this very question every time I bought a house, car, electronic gadget, etc and many times I've wished I would have just bought what I wanted, not what was most economical. I didn't think about ROI when I ordered mine. It's an extremely impractical car but one I've dreamed of owning since I was a kid. A car I want badly. I'm getting everything on my car now that will be tough to come back and get later. For example, I'm sure not going to finance premium floor mats for 3 years. In the end, just go with your gut. This is a "want" purchase... so get what you want, not what you need. Buy it for you, and not for what someone else might want down the road. If you want a good ROI then you might want to get a '59 vette. :)
 

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I did exactly as you and I'm totally happy with my decision. I can't justify the cost for the 2LT or 3 LT. For my money it was all about the perf. for the car( Z51, perf. ex., mag ride) just my preference. I think the Z51 package is the biggest selling point about the car.
 

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What you're thinking of ordering is what I'll be ordering. The things that are added in the 2 and 3LT packages either don't matter to me at all or don't matter enough that I care to pay the extra for them. I'm sure there are many others who fell the same way.
 

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So take the $5,000 saved put it in a 401K at 8% for 3 years and you have $6,299 or $1,299 profit. :)
 

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lots of good feedback. many thanks! it's VERY difficult to discuss these first-world problems with outsiders who are not obsessing over the same minutia. :D
 

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Most could only wish to have to make a decision whether to buy a beautiful 2014 Stingray in 1 LT, 2 LT, or 3LT. Your options leave no wrong choice! Life is rough :)
 

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Having sold a C5 last year and having the C6 we replaced with our new C7 up for sale now, I'll give you my perspective. Oddly enough, the first question is what engine does it have, even though the ad never says anything about Z06. Then, is it an auto tranny? After that does it have nav, and if it has fresh tires. Everyone seems to assume leather and power seats. It took quite a while to find someone who wanted a manual 6spd C5. Not a single person has asked about whether the car had the Z51 package, although both do. Hopefully, you can find a gear head who wants a stripped, manual tranny performance model, but that's definitely not the average used vette buyer.


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And for what it's worth, most of the people who showed interest in the cars were not vette fans, knowing very little about the cars.



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Probably have to agree ...
But let's be honest GM loves guys getting all the extras.
Mark up for all the extras is huge. The basic 2014 is only around 50 grand.
Do you really think all of the extras you say people need is worth an extra 20000? Some of these cars push 75000. I really think this is why GM sells the basic corvette at 50. Their marketing department knows that nobody will buy a stripped corvette. The more upgrades they can sell the bigger the juice is for them and the dealer. When you go to buy a car from a dealer you almost never see a basic model. Doesn't pay!
There are restaurants where food seems cheap. All the money is made when they sell liquor. That's a fact.
Maybe someone knows what GM pays for a remote garage door opener. Maybe a 100 bucks? I bet less.
Best value is 1lt/z51. The z51 in my opinion is a great deal. I bet GM hikes that option next year or they will try and make it up somewhere else like charging 500 bucks to paint a caliper.
Oh I forgot...they are already doing that.






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