Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?

August 30th, 2021 by

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If the time’s right to improve your commute from Toledo to Elyria, you’re likely ready to sell your car. This can lead you to ask the question, “Should I fix my car before trading it in?” While it can seem overwhelming, our finance team is here to help you score a great deal on your sale. The answer is yes – but the extent to which you work on your car will depend on the types of necessary repairs and their costs. Visit us in Sandusky or read on below to learn more!

What Factors Impact Trade-In Value?

When evaluating your vehicle’s trade-in value, the dealers will look at a number of things during the appraisal process. These factors include:

  • Local market
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Age
  • Maintenance records
  • Appearance
  • Vehicle history report
  • Mechanical condition

While the mechanical status and outside appearance of your vehicle are important, they’re not the only things that will be evaluated during an inspection.

Should You or Should You Not Fix Your Honda?

Taking on minor maintenance tasks, like replacing your wiper blades, can help improve your trade-in value without taking too much time or money. If you can, cheap cosmetic repairs and cleaning can go a long way towards improving the exterior of your car. However, you don’t want to exceed minor repairs. This is because the cost of the maintenance will likely outweigh the increase in the value of your vehicle. Instead, you could use that money to help with a bigger down payment on your new vehicle.

Recommended Car Care Before Trading In

So, what fixes should you take on before selling your vehicle to a Victory Honda of Sandusky? Here are the car care tips we recommend when trading in:

  • Top off fluids
  • Remove odors by cleaning your upholstery
  • Fix small scratches with a paint pen
  • Clean your vehicle thoroughly inside and out
  • Swap burned-out bulbs
  • Repair windshield cracks (your insurance may cover this)
  • Replace wiper blades
  • Clean foggy headlights and/or taillights

Trade-In Your Vehicle Today in Sandusky

When you’re ready to take on every Lorain drive in a fresh set of new wheels, Victory Honda of Sandusky is here to help you find your perfect fit. If you’re still asking, “Should I fix my car before trading it in?” we’re here to help. Contact us today to receive personalized guidance on your next steps.


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