Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

Mechanic with customer after car door repair
Should you bother fixing your car before trading it in? Is it worth it? If not, can you trade in a broken car? What if it was in an accident? Can you trade in a damaged car? If you’re looking at your car, wondering, “Should I fix my car before trading it in?” as have a lot of Turnersville divers, keep reading. We’ll explain how to determine if it is worth it to make repairs.



Mechanical Repairs – Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?

What if your car has mechanical issues, should you fix them or can you trade in a broken car? Major issues like transmission work are usually not worth it. But a lot of Cherry Hill drivers have learned that small, inexpensive repairs can go a long way towards getting a better offer. Here are some things you can do:

  • Install new wiper blades.
  • Replace bulbs that are burnt out.
  • Clean headlights and taillights, especially if foggy.
  • Replace worn belts and hoses.
  • Do a tune up.
  • Make sure all fluids are filled.
  • Replace worn tires.

Body Damage – Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?

What if your car has some dents or scratches? Should you fix those or can you trade in a damaged car? Again, expensive body repairs usually do not increase a car’s trade in value enough to make it worth it, but there are some minor things you can do that will make your car more attractive to the typical Maple Shade dealer and provide the best chance of getting a higher offer:

  • Detail the car on the outside.
  • Detail the car on the inside, including upholstery. Make sure to get rid of any unpleasant odors.
  • Use a paint pen or touch-up paint to fix minor scratches.
  • Fix cracks in the windshield.

How the Dealer Arrives at Their Offer

If you’re wondering whether you can trade in a broken car or if you can trade in a damaged car, it would be helpful to understand what the dealer looks at when coming up with an offer. Here are the major things they focus on:

  • Vehicle make and model
  • Model year
  • Odometer reading
  • Appearance
  • Mechanical condition
  • Maintenance records
  • Vehicle history report
  • How much comparable vehicles sell for in the Maple Shade area

Acura Turnersville Wants to Buy Your Car

We want to buy your car. No, seriously, Dealerships are finding it a challenge to keep used cars in stock, which means we’re motivated to make you a good offer. So, bring your car in and let us make you an offer, even if you don’t plan to buy your next car from us. And, if you found this guide to be helpful, check out our guide on how to trade in a car. We’re just down the road from Medford. So, drop by or contact us today!


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