Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

check engine light on


If you want to trade in your current vehicle in the Blackfoot area, you’re probably asking, “should I fix my car before trading in?” There’s no right or wrong answer to the question of fixing your car before a trade, but the finance and service pros here at Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram do have some advice for you. If you’ve got minor stuff like scratches or paint touch-ups, we would suggest you get those fixed before bringing your Pocatello trade-in here. However, the larger stuff, you might be better off just leaving it. Let Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram walk you through the entire process. 

Fix My Car Before Trade: What Not To Fix

If you’ve got major repairs on the horizon when considering your trade-in value, we think you shouldn’t fix them before trading for these reasons:

  • Major repairs will be pricey and that’ll cut into the money you make from your trade-in value.
  • Dealerships are experts when it comes to major repair jobs. If you just leave the major repairs to us when you’re trading in, you’ll actually pay less than if you paid us to fix them outright. That’s how the dealership makes a profit on service!
  • Depending on where you go, you might not have your vehicle inspected with the most thoroughness. This means you might not have the repair costs deducted at all.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Fix 

You know what not to fix in your Rexburg ride. Now, we think you should know what you should fix. Here’s our quick rundown of what would be best fixed to help your trade-in value:

  • Clean out the inside, and dispose of any garbage and personal items
  • Get the car washed so you can remove any dirt from the exterior
  • Fix the scratches; if they’re minor, many people can get this done at home
  • Wax your car to give it that shiny finish
  • Check your lamps and fluids to make sure everything’s working and topped off

Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Would Love Your Trade

Ready to trade in your car? We’re always paying top dollar! Take advantage of higher than normal trade values and come over to Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. We’ll buy just about any make, model, and year! Contact us today and we’ll get you well on your way.

More from Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

  • How Much Can a 2023 RAM 1500 Tow?

    For years, workers in Blackfoot have relied on RAM trucks like the new RAM 1500 for their towing and payload needs. Whether hauling lumber or your boat, Pocatello drivers looking for great towing prowess turn to new RAM trucks. How much can a RAM 1500 tow? You can get up to 12,750 pounds of RAM…

  • 2022 New Jeep Grand Cherokee L Configurations

      The New Jeep Grand Cherokee L, formally known as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, is a three-row SUV that showcases a long list of impressive features. What’s more, there are six New Jeep Grand Cherokee L configurations, meaning that this lineup offers something for every SUV lover. Find out more about the New Jeep…

  • 2022 Jeep Gladiator Interior

      The 2022 Jeep Gladiator is all-new and it represents Jeep’s latest entry into the world of pickup trucks. If you’re on the hunt for a truck that’s both a work machine and knows how to hit the trails in Blackfoot, this just might be the truck for you. And with the 2022 Jeep Gladiator…

Sayer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 43.499712, -112.030231.