Possible? Sure. Likely or probable? No.Hey does anyone know of someone selling an exige or s. I found many Elise's tht I can afford, but I really want an exige body. I would take one with up to 90,000 miles. have just under $30k do you think it is possible. I live in California
I'm first lotus buyer and I'm young you are right. I just want a weekend exigeI think it's extremely unlikely that you're going to find an Exige at or under $30k, especially not an Exige S. The '07 S cars are going for low 40's at least (maybe I've seen one at mid/upper 30s) but there is virtually no way you'll find one that cheap. If you did find one at that price there would certainly be a story behind it.
Seems you should either go for an Elise or just wait a bit and save up the additional cash for the Exige. Something tells me this will be your first Lotus, yes? What's your daily driver going to be? Why an Elige, street car or track toy? My gut also says you're rather young (don't mean that to sound offensive), have you looked at insurance rates?
Ever hear the term you get what you pay for? Both these cars are examples of that.
The first, black, one from WireWheel I would consider as they have a solid reputation and sell some sweet cars. The trouble is that's a salvage title car so you won't be able to finance it (and something tells me you're looking to finance). The second car I don't know anything about other than it's a "storied" car - it's been around a while, it's been discussed a lot and I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole.
You also have to realize that these aren't "cars" in the traditional sense of the word. It seems you're at least looking for a weekend car implying you have another car as your daily. That's good as these are really hard to live with, especially if it were your only car.
My strong advice to you is spend the next month reading everything you can here. Learn all you can about the cars, go ride in one and more importantly go drive one (have you driven one yet). There are 2 types of Lotus owners, those that buy them because they are a "cheap exotic" and those of us that buy them for what they are - tiny, hand built lightweight sportscars. Those in the first camp usually own their car about a year or so before the realities of ownership set in. Fortunately there is one good thing - prices are near the bottom so you could own one for a year and sell it for exactly what you bought it for (assuming you don't mod or bend it).
Oh, one last thing on those 2 cars you list - they are also going to be much harder to resell once you are done with it. Those would be far better suited to someone who is going to buy the car and pretty much know they'll own it for the rest of their lives. I've known since the day I bought my car that I'd never sell it so I'm willing to do any mod to it and I never ever think about the next guy that'll own it - you'll most likely want to think about this.
Good luck - don't mean to sound like I'm poo-poo'ing your idea too much, just trying to save you some potential pain down the road...
Its a great price... particularly if you plan to keep the car for a long time. I suspect it will be difficult to resell due to those two issues (which realistically have no impact on driver enjoyment)....
For the wire wheel one my friend who owns a dealer can buy it and ill give him monthly payments, but i don't know if a rebuilt title and 82,000 miles is good for 29,900$.
The car has been for sale for a long time - was a bit run down with cosmetic damage but has been restored. So it hasn't led a pampered life....
What does it mean for the purple car to be a storied car. It looks good with a clean title and only 60,000 miles. it has some damage but the title is clean so I'm fine with fixing the little things.
Only buy it if you can afford to keep it. You will become addicted...
I want the car for the canyons and to have a exotic car for cheap. I am down to sell it in the summer in nice cities of california where people would want a lotus to have the top down by the beach [(make a couple grand profit) if thats possible].
Both those are Exiges, the purple one is rarer due to colour and it being an 06 (only 350 of them from memory)....I know the black one will be hard to sell, because of the rebuilt salvage title, but the purple one has a clean title, and it is an exige so its more rare right?
You're welcome, as you can see I can talk or write about these cars all day long. I also hate it when people buy the "wrong car" and try to save them if I can. It's tough though, once you're in love you're in love.First of all, thank you for such a long and detailed response.
Perfect (well save for it's a Prius )I have a prius for daily driver, so i don't need to worry about being hard to live with.
I'll admit I think this is one of the biggest mistakes people make when buying these cars. I wouldn't call a Lotus cheap but I understand what you mean in terms of looks. a $30k Accord isn't going to turn heads is it?I want the car for ... exotic car for cheap. I am down to sell it in the summer in nice cities of california where people would want a lotus to have the top down by the beach [(make a couple grand profit) if thats possible].
Actually, it being an 06 and one of approximately 350 that year, it's one of the more common Exige, such that any Exige is 'common.' There were about 350 S220's in 07, about 150 S240's in 08, and they tapered off quickly from there. Year over year the Exiges were different enough from those before that each MY could be considered unique.Both those are Exiges, the purple one is rarer due to colour and it being an 06 (only 350 of them from memory).
Thanks for the detail!! I looked at an Aubergine Elise but SWMBOd veto'd due to colourSince the Aubergine one for sale is mine I'll chime in here. The car has cosmetic flaws but is mechanically ready to go. I don't believe any of the people knocking it have seen it in person, so I question their opinions. Nevertheless, it is a perfect example of the kind of Exige you will find under $30k. (I actually priced it where I did so someone could put $5k into body work and still be under market value on an 06 Exige). If you really want an Exige in that price range, you will have to accept either less than perfect condition or a rebuilt title. If you are interested or able to work on the car, picking one up similar to mine wouldn't be a problem for you. Or if you can live with imperfections, you can still own the car you want for less money.
I have owned a rebuilt title Exige and had a blast with it. It is actually what made me come back to Lotus after I sold it. However, as others have pointed out, resale can be extremely difficult on a rebuilt vehicle especially at that kind of price range.
I'll go along with what some others have said: you really just won't find a prime example in that range.
Top effort!!!The black S at Wire Wheel is now out of the equation. I just wired Hayes the deposit. So it will end up in California after all.
In fact it was this thread that tipped me over the edge, because my plan *is* to own the car for quite some time, probably until my joints are too arthritic to let me clamber in and out of it, and given that premise, it seems that enough of you thought that it really was a great price for the car.
Plus, because of the price, I now won't have to sell my Mitsi VR4 which I can continue to use when I don't want to pull the Lotus out of the garage.
So another ex-pat gets his Brit car and officially joins the Lotus clan. :UK:
Congrats! Make sure you give it a thorough going over since it has fire damage. Particularly look at wiring insulation and make sure there are no possible places where you can get a short. Also, it's just not possible for that roof to flow enough air. It looks like a coffee stirrer compared to a stock roof opening.The black S at Wire Wheel is now out of the equation. I just wired Hayes the deposit. So it will end up in California after all.
So another ex-pat gets his Brit car and officially joins the Lotus clan. :UK: