Part exchanging: What you need to consider | AA Cars

If you’re looking into getting a new car and get rid of your old one, you might want to think about part exchanging. 

It’s a relatively simple way of using your old car to help cover the costs of the next one – and it’s all covered in one transaction. 

Here’s what you need to know.

Do the research first

If you’re looking into part exchanging, make sure you do your sums. Look on car selling websites to see what similar cars are selling for and judge how much you think it’s worth.

Also make sure you know how much you can spend on your next vehicle. This will help you narrow down what car you can aim for, and also gives the dealer a price range to work with.

Look around through different dealers too, as some may offer a better return for your old car than others.

Part exchange your car on PCP

With many cars bought through a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deal, you can either buy it outright with the final balloon payment or choose another one. By handing the old car back, you’re effectively part-exchanging it for a new model.

If you want a new car but the current one you have has outstanding finance, it’s possible to exchange it. But check with the dealer and finance company first to see if you can do that.

Dealers know what they’re talking about

You might think you know how much to sell the car for, but a dealer needs to make as much profit as possible on every car they sell.

A dealer will often offer a lower price than you’re expecting for your car. But if it’s much less than you thought it would be, try and haggle to get closer to a price you’re happy with. 

They’ll offer a price that factors in the car’s age, mileage, condition and specification.

If the offer the dealer gives you isn’t right for you, you can always walk away and take your business elsewhere.

Clean the car thoroughly

To help get the best price possible, keep your car in good condition. Before taking it to the dealer, give it a clean inside and out to give the impression your car’s been well looked-after. 

Get all the documents in order

To show how well you’ve looked after the car, bring receipts and documents for any repair or servicing work. You should also bring the V5C registration document to prove you own the vehicle. 

Test drive before you exchange

If you’ve found the car you’d like to exchange for, make sure you take it for a test drive first. That way, you’ll know if it’s right for you. 

It’s a good idea to look at models that are soon being replaced. If it’s coming to the end of a generation, dealers will be looking to get rid of stock. That means lower prices and a better chance of you getting a good deal. 

How can we help?

You don’t have to go to a dealer to see how much your car’s worth. You can use our free car valuation service.

With Wizzle, our free service provides you with a valuation and a free car listing. If part exchange isn’t for you, your car is then offered to multiple dealers who can put in a bid for your car. If you select one, you will receive full payment from the dealer and home car collection.


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