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  • avatar csmanagermark Jul 06, 2010 16:33

    While there is no set rule when it comes to damage repair, most dealers prefer not to have damage repaired prior to trading in or appraisal. The reason is that most dealership appraisers are skilled enough to see where a vehicle has been repainted. This will raise questions as to why the vehicle needed paint and the fear that any minor damage might be hiding major unseen structural damage under the skin.



    A dealer would rather see minor damage in person and know the extent of the damage, rather than wonder what if? Plus, dealers can usually get damage repaired at a lower cost then you can get it done for.



    One exception would be if the dent or damage can be repaired without having to paint, perhaps via paintless dent removal.



    -answered by Lee Scott, Consumer Advice Editor

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  • csmanagermark 07/06/10 4:33 pm PST

    While there is no set rule when it comes to damage repair, most dealers prefer not to have damage repaired prior to trading in or appraisal. The reason is that most dealership appraisers are skilled enough to see where a vehicle has been repainted. This will raise questions as to why the vehicle needed paint and the fear that any minor damage might be hiding major unseen structural damage under the skin.



    A dealer would rather see minor damage in person and know the extent of the damage, rather than wonder what if? Plus, dealers can usually get damage repaired at a lower cost then you can get it done for.



    One exception would be if the dent or damage can be repaired without having to paint, perhaps via paintless dent removal.



    -answered by Lee Scott, Consumer Advice Editor

  • kingoftheding 12/06/10 10:26 pm PST

    A clean trade will always bring more money. If the dent is very noticeable i would have it repaired. Try Paintless dent repair first, it the less expensive option. A google search should give you some good option but check their reviews first because their are varying degrees of quality among paintless dent repair shops. Pick the one with the best reviews and you will do fine. Hope this helps.

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