Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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After cruising the roads of Sicklerville and beyond for some time, you’re finally looking to trade your vehicle. However, you’re worried about a few problem areas with your vehicle affecting its trade in value. So, you’re probably wondering, “Should I fix my car before trading in?” There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. Fixing your car before trading it in can definitely boost your trade-in-value, but you don’t want to end up losing more money fixing up the car than what your trade-in-value is worth in Turnersville. Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of fixing up your vehicle with the finance and service teamChevrolet Of Turnersville below!



Fix My Car Before Trade: Don’ts

If you choose to fix up your car, you should not do any major repairs for the following reasons:

  • Major repairs are costly, and this will negatively impact how much you will actually get from the trade-in.
  • Dealerships make profit from buying and reselling used cars by fixing major issues at a way lower cost than you will spend out of pocket.
  • Believe it or not, not all dealerships do detailed inspections of your car before finalizing the trade-in, so there is a good chance that they might not deduct the cost of these repairs from your trade-in price.

Fix My Car Before Trade: Do’s

Now, what should you fix in your Sewell ride? Take a look at this non-exhaustive list of things you can do yourself to improve your car’s appearance before taking it in for a trade-in:

  • Clean your car as you would your house if you were having visitors over. Get rid of garbage, remove personal items, clean windows and carpets, etc.
  • Go to a car wash to clean your car, or do it yourself.
  • After washing your car, wax it for a radiating appearance
  • Fix any minor scratches.
  • Check headlamps, brake fluids, oil, windshield washer, etc.

What Else Can I Do Before Trading In My Car?

While fixing your car can do a little damage to your pockets, there are some cost-free steps you can take aside from fixing your car to show the dealership that your car has been taken of properly:

  • Gather your most recent maintenance records.
  • Make sure you have everything that came with the car when you show up to the dealership, including keys, mats and winter tires

Trade In Your Car at Chevrolet Of Turnersville Today!

Now you know how to answer the question, “Should I fix my car before trading in,” it’s time to take the next steps to trading in your car. To figure out the trade-in value of your car, use our trade-in value calculator to start the process today! Then, stop by Chevrolet Of Turnersville right down the road from Williamstown and we can help you get started! Any questions about the trade-in process? Reach out to us! 


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