Should Your Repair Your Car Before Trading It In?

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

If you are ready to upgrade to a new vehicle, but you’re not sure if you’re getting the best value for it, you can always consider repairing your car before trading it. This makes it easy for Eagan drivers to get the most possible value out of their trade; however, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question, because it can depend on your situation. Our finance department has put together a great guide that can answer this question for you before you bring it in for trade. Should you repair your car before trading it in with Mauer Chevrolet? Find out more below, and feel free to contact us with any questions that you might still have. 

What Not To Fix

If you’ve got major repairs coming up on your Woodbury car, we have to advise against fixing them for these reasons. When considering how to prepare your car for trade-in, take a look at these three points:

  • Major repairs will be expensive, and that will lower how much you’ll get from the trade-in.
  • Dealerships have the expertise and tools to fix big issues at a far lower cost than you doing it yourself out of pocket. This is how dealerships manage to make profit from buying and reselling used cars.
  • Depending on which dealership you go to, they might not do a detailed inspection, meaning they might not deduct the cost of the repairs from your trade in price.

What To Fix 

Now that you know what not to fix in your St. Paul car, we should tell you about what you can fix. While you can fix minor things to make your car more presentable (and therefore increase the trade-in value), dealerships will deduct the value they will spend for reconditioning if there are issues that aren’t apparent. Check out these things you can do to improve your car’s appearance and some tips on how to prepare your car for trade-in:

  • Fully clean the inside–we would suggest a full detail
  • Get the car fully washed
  • Fix any scratches (many scratches can be fixed DIY)
  • Wax your car after you wash it
  • Check the headlamps and make sure they’re working properly
  • Check the fluids, oil, radiator, and windshields and make sure they’re all up to date

Trust The Service Team at Mauer Chevrolet Today

Now that you know what to do before trading in your car, and how to prepare your car for a trade-in, you can trust our service team can handle just about anything that you need taken care of on your vehicle. This is not only a great way to extend the life of your vehicle, but also helps you get the most value possible out of your vehicle, and makes it easier than ever to take home your new vehicle today. 


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