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Trade-ins are BAAAAD (archive)

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Posted by Cory Radcliff on March 08, 2001 at 12:19:33:

In Reply to: did you get a firm trade-in quote? posted by dp on March 08, 2001 at 10:53:07:

I realize you must be in a bad place, but you will invariably get ripped off if you trade the car in. The best deal in the world for dealers is a trade-in, even if they tell you that otherwise (and they will). I agree- if you HAVE to trade in, at least get a price in writing WELL before you go in. (Actually, get everything in writing from a dealer all the time. You can usually throw a dealer farther than you can trust him)

if not, i'd advise taking it to the dealer you're thinking of trading it to and having them give you a written quote. with that in hand, you may wish to rethink your asking price - that way you'll avoid any last-minute nasty surpises (and trust me, it will be nasty).

not trying to put you down, just trying to help. good luck!

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