Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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If you want to get the best trade-in value for your car around Arlington, you might wonder “Should I fix my car before trading in?” While this depends on the repairs needed, generally speaking, quick and easy repairs can significantly boost your car’s worth. Find out when to fix your car before trading in, when to leave the car as-is, and what to do on trade-in day with Wolfchase Nissan!



Why Should I Fix My Car Before Trade-In Day?

If you’re going to get rid of your car, you might wonder “Why should I fix my car before trade-in day anyway?” There are some minor tasks you can complete that will pay off in a big way, and so the minimal time and effort is well worth it. These include:

  • Touching up the paint to cover scratches and blemishes in the finish
  • Waxing and washing your car to make it look its best
  • Cleaning out the cabin, windows, and carpet
  • Checking the radiator, windshield washer, brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid, and headlamps to ensure that everything is working well

You can also take your car to a service center for a vehicle inspection. Not only will this help you determine if there are any problems that need to be fixed, but you’ll also have a record if your car has a clean bill of health.

Why Should I Not Fix My Car Before Trade In Day?

So, should I fix my car before trade it in? Not always. While there are plenty of small tasks that can put your car in a better light, there are lots of repairs that aren’t worth the cost at this point. For example, larger repairs can be costly for you and won’t always pay off during the appraisal process. In fact, many dealerships take care of these repairs themselves before they resell the car on their lot. So, some dealerships may not include the cost to fix your vehicle into the final trade-in price.

Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Trade In Value

Before you make the drive from Memphis or Cordova, we recommend doing a little bit of preparation to improve your experience.

  • Bring your maintenance records if you have them.
  • Bring all accessories that came with your car.
  • Bring the vehicle’s title.

If you have these items on hand, you’ll move through the trade-in process much faster. While you can still trade in your car if you’ve misplaced these items, you might not progress as quickly as you’d prefer.

Trade In Your Car at Wolfchase Nissan

After discussing ways to improve your trade in value, why not get a firm offer in hand at Wolfchase Nissan? Our team can appraise your vehicle and get you into a brand new model of your choice, so contact us with any questions.


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