Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?

August 10th, 2021 by

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You want to get every penny that your trade-in vehicle is worth, but should you fix your car before trading it in? Although making a few minor repairs and cosmetic fixes might be in your best interest, undertaking large and expensive projects is not in your best interest. Learn all about the dos and don’ts of trading in your old vehicle with Mcconnell Chevrolet.

What Goes Into Calculating Your Trade-In Value?

Although a vehicle that needs many repairs may not fetch an amazing price at Santa Rosa and Larkfield-Wikiup dealerships, the truth is that many factors are considered during the trade-in process. These include:

  • Vehicle make and model
  • Your vehicle’s age
  • Your vehicle’s mileage
  • Appearance
  • Mechanical condition
  • Maintenance records
  • Vehicle history report
  • The state of the local market

Value your trade-in online and find out how much it’s really worth today.

To Fix or Not to Fix Your Vehicle?

There’s one main question that you should ask yourself before you try to fix up your old vehicle: “Would my money be better spent on a down payment?”In most cases, the answer is yes. This is partly because there are simply many things that you can’t change, and a combination of other factors may outweigh any positive changes you’ve made.

Although fixing up your vehicle’s appearance and making quick, inexpensive cosmetic repairs are likely to be worth your time and money, other more involved labor may not pay out as much as you’d hope or expect. By contrast, putting your money into a new down payment is a direct investment that’s guaranteed to pay off.

Recommended Vehicle FIxes

With that said, you shouldn’t give your buyer any easy reasons to reduce the value of your trade-in. Since fines or reductions can add up quickly (especially with the cost of labor) it’s a good idea to take care of each of the following before you stop in:

  • Tidy up your vehicle inside and out
  • Thoroughly wash your vehicle’s exterior
  • Clean your vehicle’s upholstery
  • Use a paint pen to fill in small scratches
  • Top off all fluids
  • Replace your windshield wipers and bulbs
  • Fix any cracks in your windshield
  • Buff out your foggy headlights and taillights

Although you can schedule service with a local maintenance department and ask the team there to help you out, most of these value-adding services can easily be completed at home. You can find pretty much anything you need at our parts department, just a short drive from Petaluma.

Trade-In Your Vehicle Today With Mcconnell Chevrolet

We want to buy your old car—even if it isn’t in the best shape! Even if it currently needs repairs, we’re confident that we can fix it up and find a local buyer for whom it feels like a perfect fit. Learn more about our exciting Chevrolet upgrade program today!


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