I'm about to buy a nearly new (one year old) car and will be part exchanging mine as part of the deal. Mine is five years old, in good nick with average mileage. But it does have a couple of minor bumper scuffs and I'm wondering whether it would be worth having these fixed/repaired before negotiating a price with the dealership. Looking at places like Chipsaway I would guess it would cost me in the region of £200. However, I won't go to all the trouble of doing that if it won't pay me back more than the amount I would shell out for the repairs, IYSWIM.
I've had a few p/x quotes because I've test driven quite a few cars before deciding on the one I want. The bumper scrapes are making a difference (some salesmen doing an overdramatic sucking in of breath!) but I can't tell how much because the valuations I've had have varied wildly anyway with a difference of 1K between the highest and lowest.
They really are minor scuffs and I know it'll cost the garage much less to repair them than it will cost me but if it costs me £200 to repair and gives me say an extra £300 on the valuation then it'll definitely be worth it. Hm, maybe I'll see if I can get a couple of theoretical valuations over the phone on the basis that the car is perfect.