Owning a car can be a lifeline for many of us. It can help with our daily commute, run errands, and even take us on holiday. We all have plenty of uses for our vehicles, and so it’s natural that many of us consider part exchanging our reliable vehicles for a newer model, or perhaps upgrade in some way. However, there is a huge perception that a dealer will rip you off when it comes to a part exchange price. But, it is much easier to do one transaction, than to sell your car privately and then wait for your new one. With that in mind, he is an easy guide on how to be better prepared when it comes to part exchanging your vehicle.
Prepare your car to be valued
You have to be practical when it comes to your vehicle, and so it is no good to expect top dollar for your car if it isn’t in the best condition both interior, exterior, and even mechanically. So you need to invest a bit of time to prepare your car according to what you hope to achieve. Take your vehicle for its latest service or MOT if it is due, and get any repair work or warranty work taken care of prior to the part exchange. This will help you diminish any obvious reasons for your car to be undervalued.
When it comes to the exterior of the car, it’s worth taking some time to get your car thoroughly valeted. This can even give your paintwork a new lease of life, or combat any minor scratches that just need buffering away. One big giveaway of the condition of your vehicle is the wheels, Alloy wheels specifically can make a car appear tired and damaged when all it would take is some alloy wheel refurbishment to bring them up to standard.
You might also want to prepare the interior of your vehicle, especially if you have perhaps had children or pets in the car. A good internal valet should sort this out for you, but be mindful of the scent. This is also worth considering if you have smoked in your car.
Make sure you take any service history, work invoices, and MOT documents with you
When heading to the dealer where you want to part exchange your car, it’s vital to be prepared. You may find that they will try and state that the service history isn’t up to scratch, or certain works would have needed to be carried out. Ensure you have all supporting paperwork of the work that has taken place on your car, and even service history stamps, invoices, and certificates will prove sufficient evidence.
Don’t accept the first offer
Finally, everyone is out for a deal, you and the dealer, so don’t accept the first offer if you are not completely happy with the price. I’m sure after a bit of gentle negotiation both you and the dealer will be able to come to some compromise on the price and the deal itself.
Let’s hope this helps you if you find yourself in a position to part-exchange your car.