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May 10, 2013

TOM’S CORNER: Quiet, it’s a secret ... I’m buying a car

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• If you removed the OEM radio to install an aftermarket sound system that you want to keep. Re-install the OEM radio and make sure it works.

• Make sure all vehicle options work; replace any bad bulbs including dash lights.

• Make sure all maintenance is up-to-date. This indicates that the vehicle was well cared for. Things like low tires should be aired up to pressure, fluids clean and full and any other general maintenance done. This saves the dealer money on getting the car ready for presentation.

• Broken/cracked glass repaired or replaced. Use that glass coverage clause in your car insurance.

• Repair minor dents/dings. There are companies out there like Dent Wizard that repair dents without major cost. Paintless dent repair is a method of massaging the inside the body panels to “pop” minor dents out without major/invasive work. Well worth the cost when you consider what it will cost you in trade-in value.

• Pull a Carfax report on the vehicle and hand to Appraisal manager. If you do this and the Carfax history report is clean with no accidents, you immediately raise the value of the trade because a clean vehicle with no accidents in its history is valuable to prospective buyers, hence raising the vehicle’s value.

• Interior should be clean, no tears or holes in upholstery. Inside should also be void of any offensive odors like cigarette smoke, animal urine, etc. 

Use your common sense when preparing your vehicle for trade to a car dealership. If you think it’s important to address, it probably is and will cost you money in trade if ignored. 

"America's Car Show" with Tom Torbjornsen airs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on WBBZ-TV.

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