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Old Yesterday, 10:12 AM
 
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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.
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Old Yesterday, 10:22 AM
 
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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. I’ll touch up paint dings, remove any possible fabric stains, and do a general wash/vacuum but won’t go beyond normal regular cleaning methods.
They are going to low ball you on a trade in, regardless if it's dirty or not. Do a basic wash/vacuum and get ready to bend over.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 AM
 
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They are going to low ball you on a trade in, regardless if it's dirty or not. Do a basic wash/vacuum and get ready to bend over.
Would they low ball you more if your vehicle looks like a family of pigs lived inside and never threw out the trash and leftover food? I donít do this but Iíve seen some peopleís vehicle that looks like they were trying to make compost in the back seat.
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Old Yesterday, 10:36 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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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.
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Old Yesterday, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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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.
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Old Yesterday, 11:02 AM
 
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unless your car is detailed to the professional level that it would need to put it on the lot, a dealer will include that as part of their prep/recon expense for reselling your trade-in.

So, it's rarely worth your time/effort/expense to do much more than "tidy up" the car by removing your personal effects and a modest vacuuming out.
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Old Yesterday, 11:25 AM
 
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I've only traded in one car in my life. I didn't do anything crazy before going in; just shook out the floor mats and removed all my personal belongings. Then again, I'm not a pig and keep my cars relatively clean. I think the dealer already had a set trade in price because they just looked at the car through the showroom window. It was dark and nobody went out to inspect or drive it.
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Old Yesterday, 11:44 AM
 
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Totally depends on the car. If it is a "wholesale piece" the cleanup won't matter (20 yr old car, 150K miles, just a used beater). If it is a 4-5 yr old, 50-60K mile car then the dealer may keep it and the better it looks then the more you can ask for it. Look for a similar car on their lot, if they are asking 10K for it, then say that your car is cleaner/less miles so it must be worth at least 10K!........just another tactic.
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Old Yesterday, 11:48 AM
 
Location: NNV
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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. 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?
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Old Yesterday, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Totally depends on the car. If it is a "wholesale piece" the cleanup won't matter (20 yr old car, 150K miles, just a used beater). If it is a 4-5 yr old, 50-60K mile car then the dealer may keep it and the better it looks then the more you can ask for it. Look for a similar car on their lot, if they are asking 10K for it, then say that your car is cleaner/less miles so it must be worth at least 10K!........just another tactic.

^^^This. Really depends on if they wish to sell it again or not.
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