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What Do You Need When Part-Exchanging Your Car?

16 September 2023

Part-exchanging your car can be a smart move when you're ready to upgrade to a newer vehicle or simply want a change. This process involves trading in your current car to the dealership in exchange for credit towards your new purchase. While it's a convenient way to offset the cost of your new car, there are certain things you'll need to prepare and consider to ensure a smooth and fair part-exchange transaction. In this blog post, we'll outline the essential steps and documents required when part-exchanging your car.

Vehicle Documentation

Before you can part-exchange your car, you must have all the necessary documents in order. These documents typically include:

  • V5C (Logbook): This is the most important document. It proves your ownership of the vehicle and contains vital information such as the vehicle's registration number, make and model, and your name and address. Ensure it's up to date and accurately reflects your details.

  • Service History: A well-maintained vehicle often commands a higher part-exchange value. Having a comprehensive service history, including receipts for services and repairs, can help increase the value of your car.

  • MOT Certificate: Ensure that your car has a valid MOT certificate if it's over three years old. An up-to-date MOT is essential for part-exchange.

  • Owner's Manual and Spare Keys: Including these items can add value to your car and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Maintenance and Cleaning

A clean and well-maintained car is more likely to fetch a higher part-exchange value. Consider having your car professionally cleaned both inside and out. Address any minor cosmetic issues, like scratches or dents, as they can impact your car's value. Regular maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, can also increase your car's worth.


Before part-exchanging your car, it's essential to get an idea of its current market value. You can get your FREE, no-obligation car valuation HERE or visit us in person. This information will help you when you're ready to part-exchange.

Decide on Your Next Car

While not a requirement for part-exchanging, having a clear idea of the car you want to buy next can streamline the process. It will allow for us to provide you with more accurate quotes and options for your new purchase.

Visit The Dealership

When you're ready to part-exchange, visit the dealership with all your documents, including the V5C, service history, and MOT certificate. Where our team will inspect your car and provide a valuation. 

Financial Considerations

If your part-exchange value exceeds the cost of your new car, you may have some equity that can be used towards your next vehicle. Conversely, if your new car costs more than the value of your trade-in, you'll need to cover the difference through a deposit or financing.


Once you agree on the terms, the dealership will handle the necessary paperwork. This includes transferring ownership, settling any outstanding finance (if applicable), and providing you with the necessary documentation for your new car purchase.

A handy checklist of things to remember:

▢ V5C Complete Log Book
▢ Driving License (Matching the V5C)
▢ Current MOT Certificate
▢ Service History
▢ All Spare Keys
▢ Finance Settlement Letter (Where applicable)
▢ Locking Wheel Nut Key (Where applicable)

Part-exchanging your car is a convenient way to upgrade to a new vehicle while getting value for your current one.

To ensure a smooth process, gather all the required documents, maintain your car, research its value, and be prepared for the financial aspects.

With these steps in mind, you can confidently navigate the part-exchange process and drive away in your new car with peace of mind! 


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