How to Prepare Your Car for Part-Exchange

How to Prepare Your Car for Part-Exchange

Welcome – Schofield Motors are a used car dealership based in Tarleton Preston, we offer used cars for sale and we aim to bring you the best possible deals on 2nd hand cars. We offer used / second hand cars for sale in a convenient location for Preston,
If you were thinking I want to sell my car we are here help, we are always searching for good quality vehicles and will offer a prompt service.


Many car buyers opt to part-exchange their current vehicle to lower the cost of buying their next car. However, it’s important for them to feel like they’re getting a fair offer for the vehicle they want to exchange. Here are a few top tips for ensuring you’re getting the best part-exchange value possible for your vehicle before you visit the dealers:

Giving it a clean

You don’t need to go as far as getting your car valeted, but a wash and vac won’t go a miss. This ensures a dealer can see a car for what it is. If they see a car that’s absolutely filthy they may be inclined to reduce the value on the chance there are any dents or deep scratches underneath all the muck. If you have any stains on the interior, any household stain remover will do the trick.

Getting rid of / polishing any light scratches

It’s natural for a car, with regular use, to pick up minor imperfections, light scratches in particular. More often than not these can be addressed with a little polish or scratch remover. Note that this will only work for light surface scratches and it is important you follow the directions on whichever product you use.

Ensure you have the correct documents, keys etc.

If you have a service book, keep this in the car when having your car value, as a dealer will want to see how much service history your car has. Even if it’s just receipts, these still count. Make sure you know where all your keys are as well for when you come to trade it in.

Also, ensure you have your V5C, your vehicle registration document. It is an A3 document folded in two with a red cover. This is essential whether you sell your car privately or trade it in. As for MOT, a dealer can easily access any car’s history online and can see when the current MOT expires, so there’s no need to worry about producing a certificate.

Replace any missing parts where it’s cost effective

If your car has wheel trims, you may find these can easily go missing or get damaged. If this happens, you could add a bit of value to your car by picking up some second hand ones on eBay. If they’re original ones by the manufacturer, even better. Of course, don’t spend too much as you may not see this money back.

  • Schofield Motors based in Tarleton, are a used car dealer and we aim to bring you the best possible deals on 2nd hand cars. We offer used / second hand cars for sale in a convenient location for Preston, Ormskirk, Southport, Leyland, Longton, Rufford, Mawdesley, Croston, Burscough, Parbold and Chorley.
    Thinking I may want to sell my car we aim to give the best deal / price possible if you want to sell your car in the Preston and Lancashire areas !

    We may be able to offer a better price than We Buy Any Car, We Want Any Car, Evans Halshaw and Arnold Clark so if you would like no obligation valuation please get in touch.

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    Finance available subject to status, Part exchange welcome, all cars HPI clear and history checked, all cars for sale have a warranty included with the option to extend.

    Card payments welcome, finance available Sts, Part exchange most welcome