Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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If you’re considering trading in your current vehicle, you’re probably asking yourself, “should I fix my car before trading in?” There’s no right or wrong answer to this question but the finance and service people at Ron Sayer Nissan have a little bit of wisdom for Pocatello drivers. We recommend you fix anything minor like scratches or paint touch-ups while leaving the bigger jobs to the pros. We’ll tell you all about why in our article as a courtesy to you.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What Not To Fix

If you’re looking at major repairs on your Ammon vehicle, Ron Sayer Nissan thinks you shouldn’t fix them before you trade in. This is for the following reasons:

  • You’ll pay a lot for major repairs, which will cut into the amount of money you get on your trade.
  • Dealerships have the tools and the know-how to easily fix major issues at a much lower cost than you’ll spend out of pocket. This is how dealerships make a profit on buying and reselling used cars.
  • Depending on what dealership you go to, you might not be subject to a detailed inspection before the trade-in is finalized, meaning you might not even get the cost deducted off your vehicle.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Fix 

Your trade-in value can be improved by some simple things you can do as a Rexburg driver, however. Here’s our short list of what you should fix before bringing in your car for a trade:

  • Get the inside fully clean. No garbage, no personal items, clean windows and carpets, the works.
  • Wash the car to get rid of any marks or stains.
  • Fix any scratches. If they’re small, you can do them at home.
  • Wax your car to give it that shiny finish. Believe it or not, this can impact your trade-in value!
  • Check the lamps and fluids to make sure everything is working and topped up.

Get Your Trade-in Done at Ron Sayer Nissan

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Should I fix my car before selling it,” we’d love to see your vehicle. We’ve got a trade-in value calculator that can help you figure out what your car is worth. Contact us today and we’ll get you situated in the trade-in process. Need more trade-in info? We’ll tell you how to sell your car at a dealership.

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