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Tips for Preparing Your Car for Trade-In

Last updated 7 years ago

When it comes to car trade-ins, first impressions matter. The visible condition of your car is the single most important variable in determining what kind of value you will get from the trade-in. Fortunately, it's also a variable you have a great deal of control over. 

Before bringing your car to the dealership, take the time to properly prepare it. With a little effort on your part, you can boost your chances of receiving a high resale value on your car.

  • Set out to make your car look as sparkling as it did the day you bought it. Don't simply run the hose across your car—take it to a full-service car wash and have it thoroughly scrubbed and vacuumed. If the paint is beginning to show its age, buff and wax it.
  • Do a survey of your vehicle’s various parts and take care of anything that needs updating. Replace any cracked belts and headlights, and bulbs or fuses that have burned out. Look for cheap replacements for tires that have worn down.
  • Look for minor flaws that you can fix at minimal cost. Are there any dings in your car door or cracks in your windshield? Visit an auto body shop that performs paintless dent repair and ask for an appraisal. They may also be able to touch up any minor chips and scratches for you.

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