Part Exchange your car

Part Exchange your car with a trusted dealer

Part exchanging your car is a great alternative to selling it, especially if you know what vehicle you want next. It's easy and practical as there's no need to place adverts, take photos or arrange viewings. It makes insurance easier too - you don't have to take out a second policy or risk getting fined for cancelling your cover early. You just swap your current policy to your new vehicle and that's your insurance sorted.

Simply take your old vehicle to a dealership and trade it in for a different car of your choice. Naturally, the value of your old vehicle is taken off the price of your new car. And that's it! Just don't forget to haggle - negotiate the price of your new car AND the value of your old vehicle.

Do you want to part exchange your current car, but are unsure what to expect? Let us guide you through the process and help you connect with trusted dealers who provide a part exchange service.

How part exchange works

When you've agreed on the finer details with the dealership, there's just a few extra steps before you're driving away in your new car. First, gather all the relevant paperwork and prepare your car to its best standard, then:

  • Take your car to the part-exchange dealership
  • The dealership will provide you with an updated valuation of your car having checked it in person
  • The value of your car can then be taken off the price of the new vehicle you decide to buy at the dealership
  • You trade in your old car and drive off the lot in your new one - nice and easy
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How do you get a good Part Exchange deal?

  • The golden rule of part exchanging is always remember you're negotiating twice - for the value of your old car and for the price of the new vehicle.
  • Always keep the above in mind and consider the entire package not just the value of your old car - in short, look to pay less overall
  • Shop around and go to more than one dealer
  • Know how much your car is worth with our free valuation tool
  • Make sure your car looks its best and is thoroughly clean
  • Calculate basic repairs and consider getting any scratches, dents and chips fixed - it could add value and prevent your car from being devalued
  • Consider getting a new MOT: less than three months could bring down the price of your car
  • Keep a full service history, receipts and maintenance paperwork
  • Don't forget, you can always walk away from negotiations

If you need to find out more about how to sell your car and what to do next, from part exchanging to private sales, take a look at our expert car selling tips.

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