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Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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One of the most common questions we hear from Stamford drivers when they come into Garavel CJDR is “Should I fix my car before trading in?” We understand that you want to get the most for your vehicle, and there are a few simple, cost-effective fixes that can help boost your trade-in value. Find out if it’s a good idea to fix up your car before trading it in with the help of Garavel CJDR today. Then, contact us today with any questions you might still have about ways to improved your trade-in value and if you should fix your car before trading in.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Avoid

Is your vehicle in need of major repairs? There are a few reasons why you should not take on significant vehicle issues before trading your car in around Greenwich: 

  • Major repairs will be expensive, which will take away from the trade-in value that you receive. 
  • Dealerships have the expertise and tools to easily fix major issues for a much more affordable rate than you would end up spending out of pocket. 

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Take Care of Yourself

The tips below can help you get the best possible trade-in value without having to spend a fortune to get your vehicle looking and performing at its best: 

  • Clean out the inside: Be sure to get rid of any garbage and personal items. Remember to also clean the windows and carpets. 
  • Wash the car: A quick and affordable car wash can ensure that your vehicle shines, which helps it make a good first impression. 
  • Fix small scratches: Minor scratches can be repaired right at home. 
  • Wax your car: Waxing your vehicle will give it a little extra sparkle! 
  • Check headlamps: Replace any bulbs that may have burned out. 
  • Check the fluids: Inspect the appearance, and make sure that the levels are where they should be. 

What Else Can I Do Before Trading In My Car?

Wondering if there are any other steps you can take to help the trade-in process go smoothly? 

  • Compile any maintenance records you have and have the records nicely organized. 
  • When you bring the vehicle to the dealership, don’t forget items like floor mats, keys, and winter tires.

Trust the Finance Experts at Garavel CJDR

All you need to do is follow the above steps to get your vehicle ready for trading in with the help of Garavel CJDR. Our finance department will work with you to maximize your trade-in value, and then all you need to do is apply for financing online after you find the new or used vehicle that works best for you. 


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