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30 Van Nostrand Ave, Englewood, NJ, 07631

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

Should I Fix My Car Before Trading In?

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Should you fix my car before trading it in? If you fix your car before the trade, will it pay off with a higher return? Many drivers around Jersey City and Fort Lee have questions about the trade in process, and Jaguar Englewood is here to help. Generally speaking, fixing smaller issues can boost your trade in value. However, larger repairs might not pay off. Formulate your plan with help from our experts, and upgrade your ride at Jaguar Englewood today.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What Not To Fix

So, when should you not fix my car before the trade? Major repairs are not worth the time and effort, and here are the reasons why:

  • Big repairs cost you a lot of money, and you won’t necessarily get that money back in trade in value.
  • Dealerships can spend far less money to fix major issues at their own in-house service centers, so it makes more sense to let them deal with it.
  • Some dealerships don’t even do a full inspection of your car at the trade in inspection, so you might not even get penalized for the cost of potential repairs.

Fix My Car Before Trade: What to Fix

When is it worth the trouble to fix up your car? Minor repairs can make your car more presentable, which can boost your trade in value. Here are a few quick and inexpensive ways to make your car look its best:

  • Cleanthe Inside: Take out the garbage, remove all of your items, scrub the windows and carpets to make your cabin shine.
  • Wash the Outside: Washing your car can be as easy as driving through a touchless car wash or scheduling a full detailing with a professional. 
  • Fix Scratches: If you’re up for the job, try to fix car paint scratches using an at-home kit.
  • Check Headlamps: Replace any burnt out bulbs you notice and double check that your lights are working as intended.
  • Check the Fluids: Check your fluid levels for your brakes, transmission, oil, radiator, and windshield washer. This shows that you’ve kept up with your maintenance. 

What Else Can I Do Before Trading In My Car?

If you want to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible, consider gathering up your paperwork and supplies before you make the trip out from New York City. This includes items like:

  • Maintenance records 
  • Floor mats
  • Key and spare
  • Winter tires
  • Other accessories

Find Your Trade in Value at Jaguar Englewood 

Want to get the process started? Visit Jaguar Englewood to get a firm offer in your hand, and find your next car in Englewood! Get a quick estimate on your car’s trade in value and contact us with any questions. Then, stop by our dealership to explore our new inventory!

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