Trading in a Car with Problems

Trade in Your Car

When you own a car, there’s a good chance that it won’t run into any major issues. However, vehicles aren’t immune to wear and tear, which could possibly affect you when it’s time to trade it in.

If you try trading in a car with problems, there are certain things to keep in mind. We’ll tell you what those are in this guide created by

Read through the information below and contact us if you have any questions.

Trading in a Car with Mechanical Issues

Trading in Your Broken Car

The mechanical issues in a vehicle can be anything from worn suspension parts to a rusted exhaust. It’s quite possible to trade in an automobile with these types of problems. However, you may not get much for the vehicle since the car has to be fixed ahead of time or sold as is. The next person may not make as much money selling the vehicle, so your appraisal value may be a bit low.

You could also try trading in a car that has engine problems or doesn’t run at all. Again, you most likely will get a low value for it.

One option is to get all the necessary repairs done before attempting to trade in your automobile. However, that may not always be the way to go.

The repairs may end up costing more than the amount you get back from a trade-in since you’d have to pay for parts and labor. If a dealership takes care of it, they’ll take money off the trade-in value. However, their service center will complete the repairs with a minimal markup from the retailer. Therefore, you may get a bit more back than if you got the repairs done yourself.

Trading in a Vehicle with Body Damage

You could also try trading in a car with body damage, such as dents, dings, or scratches. If the damage is minimal, the dealer will probably accept the vehicle, but may give you a low value for it.

That’s why you might want to get those small issues resolved ahead of time. If the scratches are small, you could buy some affordable matching touch-up paint and color them in.

If there are more extensive damages, such as shredded fenders or missing bumpers, then you’ll probably get a low trade-in value. Like the mechanical problems, large body issues can be expensive to repair. Additionally, if your vehicle is damaged to the point that it’s not salvageable, then you may not be able to trade it in at all.

What to Fix Before Trading in an Automobile

Getting Your Car Repaired

If your car looks good and runs well, then you can get a good value on it. Still, there are ways to up its worth even more.

First, you should clean the vehicle thoroughly, inside and out. Wash and wax the exterior until it shines. Wipe down the interior trim and upholstery, vacuum the carpets, and get rid of any trash in the cabin.

You can also take care of any minor repair or maintenance work. Replace any burned-out headlamps and clean the lenses of foggy headlights. Change or replace the oil, transmission, brake, or other fluids. Also, replace cracked or broken windshield wipers.

Handling these minor issues won’t break the bank. Plus, in the end, your car will be in great condition, and you’ll get more in the trade-in.

How to Trade or Sell Your Used Car Today

If you’re interested in trading in your car at its current condition, you can do so at

We’ll look at your vehicle overall and give you up to four cash value offers for it. You’ll then receive the maximum value, which you can get at your local buying center. In the end, you’ll have the money you need to put toward your ideal ride.

Don’t wait. Sell or trade in your automobile today!