Should I Fix Up My Car Before Trading It In?

Excited Couple Reviewing Trade in Offer with Salesman

Trade-in time is approaching, and you’re wondering, “Should I fix my car before trading in?” Broadly, minor problems could be worthwhile to fix, while major ones are not. This is a complex topic with situational answers, but the financing and service teams at Tenneson Nissan can shine light on the murky pros and cons of trade-in repair. The bottom line is getting the most value for your trade, so any fixes you do should increase the value by a greater amount than they cost. To learn more, check out the details with Tenneson Nissan below!

Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?: What NOT to Fix

Minor repairs are one thing, but Tenneson Nissan recommends that major work not be done before a trade-in. This might seem counterintuitive, but it is reasonable due to these factors: 

  • The high expense of major repair work greatly reduces the net gain you actually recieve from a trade-in.
  • Dealerships can correct major problems more cheaply than a normal owner can, which is a large part of their business model.
  • Some dealerships may not have a detailed enough inspection process to confirm the repair work and because of that may not deduct the repair cost from the trade-in. 

Should I Get My Car Fixed Before Trading It In?: What to Fix

The things you should fix are actually quite easy to do, and can boost the trade-in value of your Albany vehicle without much cost. The main items to take care of before trading in around the Douglas area are cosmetic. Things that when complete will make your car, SUV, or truck presentable. Looking good helps during an inspection, and can help with your car’s trade-in value almost as much as the trade assistance here at Tenneson Nissan. Now that you know what not to fix, what can you fix in your ride and is it worth the trouble? Here are a few ways you can improve your vehicle’s appearance and functionality before trade-in:

  • Do a thorough cleaning of the interior, removing any personal items and garbage in addition to cleaning the carpets and windows.
  • Wash and wax the exterior to bring the car to a like-new shine while removing stains or marks. 
  • Repair any scratches you can, using DIY methods.
  • Check headlights to ensure they are in working order, and replace them if required.
  • Check all fluids- brake, transmission, oil, coolant, and windshield-washer.

Tenneson Nissan Wants Your Trade-in Today! 

Now that you know the answer to, “Should I fix up my car before trading it in?”, Tenneson Nissan is more than ready to take your trade towards a new Tifton car. Use the trade calculator now to see just how much you will save on a new vehicle, and be sure to visit us at our Tifton showroom! 


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