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Old 01-28-2019, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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It doesn't matter what you do to it, they're still going to have their porter go over it with a fine-tooth comb before it hits the lot. I'd probably clean everything out of it first, not just trash but all the personal items, but when it gets down to the brass tacks I don't think the cleanliness of your car is going to have much impact.
Yeah, you want to get all the guns, drugs and wads of cash out of the car before you trade it in. It's amazing what I have found under the seats in used cars.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Help settle an argument. One person says to get the most for your trade in at the dealership you should fully clean (including interior detail and wax body) the vehicle while another person says the dealership already has a price based upon year, make, model, and miles. I fall in between. Iíll touch up paint dings, remove any possible fabric stains, and do a general wash/vacuum but wonít go beyond normal regular cleaning methods.
I agree with you.

No need to go full detailing but don't have it look like you just got back from transporting a bunch of livestock in the back seat.
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:15 PM
 
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Yeah, you want to get all the guns, drugs and wads of cash out of the car before you trade it in. It's amazing what I have found under the seats in used cars.
In 1997 I was stationed at a Navy base in Texas. The base security had a service in which you bring them your used car purchase for them to do a drug dog search and full search of other areas most people donít look into. Anything they find isnít an arrest. This being south Texas some drugs and guns were found in these searches.
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:47 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I don't think they care that much since they have one or more detailers they are paying for that anyway. Just don't have a condition that gives them a reason to reduce the value, such as dog smell or un-repaired windshield chip.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:13 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I agree with you. I think a clean car can't hurt and will help if you get down and dirty with negotiations.

If you buy a car would you rather see a clean car or a dirty one?
A clean car looks cared for...including mechanically. A well-maintained car is worth more. Assuming you did the maintenance in addition to a fancy wax job that is.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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A trade in is what it is to the dealer. They consider the year, model, options, mechanical issues etc..

Does it matter if the car is clean, yes and no. When I worked at a dealer we had trade ins that fetched more money because they were clean. We also had some real pigs come in that smelled like an old dog that has been smoking a fat stogie.

What makes the trade in price the dealer pays you is the flexibility your vehicle offers.

If it is clean and mechanically sound they might resell it on their lot which would net the most profit for them.
If they don't want to sell it they will offer it as wholesale to small local dealers that wouldn't want the hassle to clean a disgusting car unless they could get it cheaper than it should be.



The worse thing that can happen to a dealer is no one local wants your old wreck so it goes to auction (think added cost to the dealer) it goes through the auction and no one buys it (think even more cost to the dealer)


A solid clean car will get you more money at trade because there is less that the dealer needs to do to flip it.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Sure clean it so they can see the scratches and small dings that will really help the trade in amount NOT.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:33 PM
 
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I would get any bad odors out. I knew a guy who forgot and left a stringer of fish in his trunk for a week. When he went to trade, he didn't even try to get the smell out. I'm sure they docked him for it. It was his old fishing car, but I still think he should have cleaned it up.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I would get any bad odors out. I knew a guy who forgot and left a stringer of fish in his trunk for a week. When he went to trade, he didn't even try to get the smell out. I'm sure they docked him for it. It was his old fishing car, but I still think he should have cleaned it up.
When I picture "old fishing car" I picture something that they show him a decent allowance for on paper but really only put $100 on it because it's going straight to the auction, fish smell or no fish smell.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:51 PM
 
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We got more than our trade in was worth, becasue they wanted to seal the deal on our new car. We did nothing to it.
That's a bit of a red flag, how many ways do you think there are to balance that equation?
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