Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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So you’re thinking about trading your car, truck, or SUV into a TX dealership like Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville. Excellent idea! Selling or trading in to a dealership has a lot of benefits compared to making a private sale. But you may be wondering “Should I get my car before trading it in?” Continue reading to discover our guide on what sort of things to fix, and what to leave in the dealership’s hands. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us!

What to Fix 

When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck near Balcones Heights, making a ton of repairs to a potential trade-in simply isn’t the way to go. By the time you’ve made major repairs, you could be at a financial loss even before the dealership makes its offer. With that being said, it’s important to make a good first impression, so fixing and tidying up small things on your %%traget_city_2%% cruiser is a fairly good idea. Here’s a quick list of some things you can do to make a good first impression during your vehicle’s appraisal:

  • Clean Out the Inside: Clearing out garbage and giving the car a good vacuum could very well save the dealership the cost of a detail – potentially saving you money on their offer.
  • Wash the Car: Bright, shining paint always makes a great first impression on a vehicle appraiser.
  • Tend to Scratches: You can try to fix minor paint scratches at home. 
  • Lights Check: Doing a quick check of the various lights inside and outside the vehicle, and replacing any non-functional lights, helps to make a good impression as well.
  • Check Fluids & Oil: You don’t necessarily need to get an oil change, but making sure the vehicle has oil, and topped off fluids of other kinds, will go further toward that good impression.
  • Windshield Wipers: A cheap and simple repair, this too can help your appraisal number.

What Not To Fix

If there’s any major repairs needed on your vehicle, keep the following tips in mind as they may save you some hard-earned cash: 

  • Major repairs can be expensive, which will lower how much you will actually get from the trade-in.
  • Dealerships like ours have the expertise and tools to easily fix major issues at a way lower cost than you will spend out of pocket. This is how dealerships are able to make profit from buying and reselling used cars!

Trade In Your Car at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville! 

“Should I fix my car before selling it?” Now you have a better understanding of the answer to that question! At Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville, just a short trip from San Antonio, we’re excited to give you a great offer on whatever you’re bringing in to trade or sell! Get a rough estimate of your trade in value with our free, online tool today.

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