Selling 2005 Dodge Caravan... how much should I subtract for blown head gasket?

ron_codpieceron_codpiece Member Posts: 1
edited April 2016 in Dodge
I had some thermostat and radiator issues and ended up with a blown head gasket. Van is in good condition otherwise, 128k miles. KBB says the value is $2700, I was thinking about selling it for $500 or so. I read blown head gaskets can cost $1000 to fix. Is this accurate? Thanks.


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Well $500 is fine---in theory, one never knows how much an engine is damaged after a blown head gasket. You'd be lucky indeed to get away with only a $1000 repair.

    Take whatever you can get. Basically the vehicle at this point is at salvage value.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Agree - you may want to ask your mechanic if he wants to buy it. Might maximize your number that way. Or he "may know a guy".
  • prowler_mq5qm_prowler_mq5qm_ Member Posts: 12
    Since the cooling lines for your transmission fluid also run through the radiator, that vehicle may have more than just engine issues.
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