Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

Excited Couple Reviewing Trade in Offer with Salesman


Some North Plainfield drivers have asked us at VIP Honda, “Should I fix my car before trading in?” While it is entirely up to you, the finance team and service center at VIP Honda has some insights on the issue. We recommend fixing anything minor, like paint touch-ups or replacing worn windshield wipers. However, you are better off not fixing any significant problems, especially if they will cost more than your trade-in value. Learn more about it below from VIP Honda. 

Things Not to Fix Before Trading In Your Car

Any significant repairs from your Union drives should be left to the auto pros at VIP Honda before trading in your car. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Major repairs are expensive, and it may not increase the value of your trade-in as much as you anticipate.
  • Dealerships have the time, staff, expertise, and tools to quickly fix major mechanical problems and do the repairs at a lower cost than you. This is one of the ways that a dealership can make a profit from buying and reselling used cars.
  • It’s possible the dealership might not even do a detailed inspection of your car before you trade it in, so they may not deduct the cost of repairs from your trade-in value.

What to Fix Before You Trade In Your Car

So what should you fix in your South Plainfield ride before you trade it in? For a VIP Honda trade-in, we suggest making your car as presentable as possible to increase the trade-in value by doing the following: 

  • Clean out the cabin: toss out any trash, remove personal items, clean the windows and carpets. 
  • Thoroughly wash your car, or have it done by a professional.
  • Touch up any apparent scratches.
  • Wax your car to give it a nice shiny finish. 
  • Check your headlamps to make sure they’re working correctly and replace them as needed.
  • Check the fluids, such as brake, transmission, oil, and windshield-washer cleaner, to ensure they’re full. This will show VIP Honda that you’ve been keeping up with essential maintenance. 

Other Things to Do Before Trading In Your Car

Below are some other things that will show the dealership that you have taken good care of your car:

  • Have your maintenance records neatly put together and readily available.
  • Have everything that came with the car ready to hand over and show the dealership, like floor mats, keys, manuals, and the spare tire.
  • Don’t worry if your car is not paid off. VIP Honda can help explain how to trade in a car that’s not paid off.

A VIP Honda Trade-In Is Your Best Bet in Kenilworth

Now that we’ve answered the question, “Should I fix my car before trade-in?”, visit VIP Honda in North Plainfield to get started! A VIP Honda trade-in is easy and hassle-free, but if you have questions, feel free to contact us. You can also browse our inventory of new Honda models online and see our new vehicle specials, so let us know how we can help!

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