Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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Are you ready to take home a new car or newer model year used SUV, but wondering if you should repair your car before trading it in? These are questions that a number of drivers in Evergreen often find themselves asking when they come into our finance center in Monroeville. Our team is here to give you all the guidelines and tips about whether you should fix your car before trading it in, as well as some reasons you should avoid major repairs. Got any questions about the process? Then, contact us today and we’ll cover all of this information and more!



Fix My Car Before Trade: What Not To Fix

Now that you’re asking “should I fix my car before trading it in?” we’ve got to tell you what not to fix first and foremost. Brewton drivers should know these things going in:

  • Major repairs will likely cost you a decent amount, which will cut into your take from trading the car in.
  • The dealership knows how to fix major issues at a lower cost than you can expect to spend out of pocket. This is how the dealership makes a profit from buying and reselling used cars.
  • You might not always get a detailed inspection of your car before you finalize the trade. This means you might not have the cost of repairs deducted from your vehicle when you trade it in.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Fix

Now, it’s time to walk you through what you should fix as a Atmore driver. Most of the time, what you’ll want to fix are minor things that appeal to the presentation of the car. You don’t want to get a lower trade-in value because of cosmetic issues that can be fixed on the cheap.

  • Thoroughly cleaning your car, taking out the garbage and personal items inside it.
  • Get the car washed so it looks nice and shiny when it’s getting evaluated.
  • Minor scratches and dents can be fixed at home with simple tools available at the auto parts store.
  • Be sure your lights and fluids are all looking proper, too.

Find Your New Vehicle With Lee Motor Company Today

Now that you’re well on your way to your next car, truck, or SUV from Lee Motor Company, the tools available on our website are designed to make it easier than ever to stay well within your budget now that you know what you should and shouldn’t repair on your car before trading it in. Use our value your trade in tool, or apply for financing online to get started on the car buying process.


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