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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I want to trade in my current MZ3 S for a Mazdaspeed 3. My MZ3 has quite a few dents and noticeable body damage on the rear wheel well. I was thinking about fixing these so that my car looks as new as possible but I am not sure If I should just bring it into the dealer as is or repair it. If I get it repaired itll probably cost around 1grand. any input is appreciated
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 03:57 PM
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Re: Trade in

I'm not an expert on this or anything.... But I'm guessing that it really won't make a difference whether you repair it or not...

If you do, you're out of $1000
If you don't, I'm sure the dealer will take away about $1000 from the trade in value...

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 04:30 PM
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Re: Trade in

Really unless you can do the repairs yourself it will cost you about as much as you would gain back in value. Unlike houses where even if you are paying a contractor a lot of work adds more value to the house then it cost to do the work, on a car that is very much not true.

Most times if you are paying a shop for improvements (that would add value, like cosmetic repairs, a nicer stereo (but not over the top), adding fog lights, cruise control, etc) you will get back about dollar for dollar the work...often times less.

I would only consider the work if the damage is very bad looking, like it would probably require the entire fender to be replaced.
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