In terms of money, it’s universally understood that whatever you add to your FJ (bumpers, lift, etc), you’ll see minimal return when you go to sell it (same for most other trucks and cars). What could be $2000+ in bumpers alone could mean only $500-$1000ish price increase above blue book (that is a pure guess on my part).
So, if you’re able to buy an FJ with everything you want already on it, you will save money. However, there are two problems with this (as others have already pointed out). 1) Aesthetically, taste differs between people. 2) If they have the mods to wheel and abuse the car, did they? That’s where your inspection comes in.
If they have records of oil changes, diff oil changes, transmission fluid changes, and the undercarriage doesn’t look abused or rusted to hell, chances are pretty good that while they may have taken it off road, they could have been cognizant of not messing up their beloved ride (holy run-on sentence, my b). It’s a gamble, but it ultimately comes down to how much money you’ll save and if that savings is worth the gamble to you.
2008 Sandstorm 6MT