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Focus on Certain Tasks Before Trading In Your Car

What Should You Fix Before Trading in Your Car?

Buying a vehicle is more than just showing up at the Davey Auto Sales lot and picking one out. You’ll need to decide what to do with the one in your driveway. Will you keep it? Will you trade it in with us or sell it on your own? If you decide to trade it in or sell it, you’ll need to get the vehicle ready for a new home by fixing a few things and cleaning several more things. Our team offered their many years of experience to provide you with a few tips and tricks to help you get the best deal possible when you trade-in or sell your current vehicle. 

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Most Important Mechanical Fixes

In a perfect world, you will have always kept up with regularly scheduled maintenance for the vehicle you’re selling. We know that things sometimes slip between the cracks. Bringing your car to a qualified service centre for fresh oil change and new fluids will be well worth the money. Additionally, make sure the brakes are in good working order. Not only is the peace of mind worth it that you’re selling a safe vehicle, but fresh brakes can go a long way toward getting the best possible deal.

Fix The Easy Things

Getting a vehicle ready to sell or trade-in doesn’t mean you must completely overhaul the engine and pour a ton of money into repairs you’ll likely never recoup. Our experts suggest focusing on small things that are more affordable to you and more noticeable to a potential buyer. Some of the things that should be immediately repaired include:

  • Fixing small paint scratches
  • Replace the windshield wiper blades
  • Fix/replace burned-out headlights 
  • Repair cracked glass, like the windshield

Invest in Detailing Services

One of the most important things you can do to get your car, truck or SUV ready for sale or trade-in is to thoroughly clean it. Of course, you can do this at home, but it might also be worth investing in professional detailing services. Hiring a detailing service might be especially worth it if you have stubborn stains on the upholstery. 

Make an appointment with Davey Auto Sales if now is the time for you to find a new-to-you, pre-owned vehicle. We can help people with all kinds of financial situations, including those rebuilding their credit reports after difficulties.

Dec 19th, 2023