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I think my car might be considered to be in poor condition but it is still in good working condition so I'm not sure how much I can expect for a trade-in. Here's the run-down:

Standard model:
  *80000 Miles
  *ABS, power steering, radio/cd player/cassette, ac, power windows, power driver seat, cruise    
   control, steel wheels, dual airbags

Here's what's wrong with it:

*Minor scratches
* larger scratches on the length of one side- body is not damaged, but will need painting

*alignment is off & tired need replacing
*brakes & rotors need replacing
*Instrument cluster is defective (speedometer & tachometer not functioning)
*minor leaks

*carpet is stained
*upholstery needs shampooing (wear & tear staining but otherwise good condition)
*center console lid needs replacing (plastic broke off so no longer attached)
*overall interior is in very good condition, otherwise.

Would this car be considered poor or fair condition? How much could I expect to get?
A few records might be able to be obtained- how much does that help? How many records are considered helpful?

Thanks for the question. I'm not a car appraiser however an eleven year old car with wear and tear as you described may be worth between 1,000 - 2,000 on a trade. The higher the new car price the higher the trade value you will receive. I think you'll save more on a discount off the new auto. You will save the 6% tax on the trade in value as well.  

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Driving and steering for disabled people. Life's experiences with bum shoulder's and pain. Tips on how to drive again. How to regain ones independence by driving with new technologies or finding easy steering automobiles. Car buying, test drives, zero effort steering options, drive by wire training and certification. 1st hand knowledge of medical procedures for nerve damaged patients.


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Temple University 1979 Insurance & Risk major with minor in Businness Law. Life's journey with limited or no use of arms.

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