#1
I need your help, Ultimate Guidance. I posted this question on Yahoo! Answers but I'm impatient. Basicly the car runs like crap. It cuts out really bad - like to the point to where it can barely get down the road - and the clutch is really weak. I got it from a dealer two years ago and have since replaced a lot of parts. Right now I can maybe get $500 for it on Craigslist. But if I drove it to the same dealer I got it from, would he accept it as a down payment? Is that common practice? Or should I just try and sell it?

Also, the car is a 1995 Escort hatchback.
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#2
Why don't you ask the dealer?
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#3
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Why don't you ask the dealer?


Because this way I'm only an idiot anonymously.
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#4
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Because this way I'm only an idiot anonymously.
I figured you'd say that.

Just go for it. If it makes you feel any better I have no idea either.
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#5
a dealer is going to try to rip you off as much as humanly possible if youre trading a car in, you're better off selling it first then using that money as a down payment
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#6
if its a complete junker (rusted out body, mechanical/engine problems, torn/stained interior, etc) you probably wont be able to use it as down payment and will be better off selling it.

if its good enough condition, give it a shot. they might go for it, but wont give you that much. you'll almost always get more money selling it yourself
#7
some will, some wont. If it's a dealership for an actual car company, then usually they will do trade ins, but for used lots, sometimes they dont.

The reason they wont is because if the car is TRULY shit, and absolutely nobody will buy it, then they have to take it to a scrap yard. This used to be okay because the scrap yards didn't charge you anything. Now however, they do. They charge you about $300 to scrap a car. So if he were to take this car that nobody in their right mind would buy, he is now out $300 because he will need to scrap it.

If you take it to a dealer that has a lot of space and the resources available to cut you a bit of a deal, then they will probably accept it as a trade.

I would however definitely sell it first.
Last edited by Lt. Shinysides at Aug 17, 2010,
#8
You could always see if your insurance will total it out for you.

We had a hail storm, which got me $2500 for my rustbucket.

Didn't f'n run, either.
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You could always see if your insurance will total it out for you.

We had a hail storm, which got me $2500 for my rustbucket.

Didn't f'n run, either.


Hhhmmm, sounds like something worth checking out. What exactly warrants a car eligible for that? I mean my car isn't totaled in the sense that it has zero resale value. I can get SOME money for it.
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#10
Quote by Bubonic Chronic
You could always see if your insurance will total it out for you.

We had a hail storm, which got me $2500 for my rustbucket.

Didn't f'n run, either.



hm, there is this. don't do something idiotic like park it on the train tracks or torch it or something, but if you're ever doing some roofing work or cleaning your windows, make sure you accidentally drop a box of shingles on it or have the ladders fall on it
#11
can you sell it for parts?

someone might want a body panel
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Hhhmmm, sounds like something worth checking out. What exactly warrants a car eligible for that? I mean my car isn't totaled in the sense that it has zero resale value. I can get SOME money for it.


same thing as any car. It needs to have damage done to it that requires repair. If the cost of repairs costs more than the value of the car, then the insurance company will often just say "meh, **** it" and buy the car from you.