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So, made an appnt at a Hyundai collision centre to repair my car (likely a bumper replacment) and received this email

Our records show you have a repair estimate booked at
Our dealerships are looking for vehicles to add into our Used vehicle inventory and yours has been flagged as highly desirable. Quality vehicles are hard to find and they sell fast. As a current customer, we will purchase your vehicle for $500 OVER your vehicle’s trade-in value
Simply drop off your current vehicle and drive away in a new vehicle of your choice the same day. Don't worry about the damaged vehicle, we will take it from there.

Take advantage of this special offer and claim your $500 voucher, or phone and ask for the sales department in any dealership of your choice.

Sincerely,

Here's me wondering how much my 32 day old car has depreciated
 

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Depends if they even HAVE a new vehicle for you to drive away in.
and ... they don't. Standard email reply from the collission centre I'm told. It will be a while before the bumper comes in so I'm lucky damage was minimal and I can keep driving.
 

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Yeah, Toyota dealer used to send some clueless blonde to pester you about letting them tell you the trade-in value of your car while you were waiting for an oil change. Once I 'splained how many miles were on the car and how beat up it was, they decided to not waste my time again.
 

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My mom needed an SUV in 2015 due to bad knees/hips, and her 2010 VW Jetta was too low. I took her to Jeep/Dodge dealer and she bought a new '15 Patriot base 4x4 for $17,999 -- 10 at this price. No power windows, but it had AC, AT, cruise, am/FM/cd with AUX, and a small touchscreen.

I asked the salesman how much would they give her for a trade-in for her 40k mint Jetta with complete service records. "They will only give you $500 or so. I have a buddy who will pay more. Here's his #."

I knew the dealer wouldn't give much for the Jetta anyway so I didn't go above his head to get a trade-in value. I ended up selling it for her for $10,000 cash to a young lady just out of college.

Just for kicks, I called that dude's friend, and he offered $2k. lol. I said I'd think about it. I am sure that salesman makes a tidy profit referring people to his buddy to offload their cream puff cars. If I were cut-throat, I would've gone over his head and told management at the dealer: "um, hey your salesman is quoting obscenely low trade-in values and directing us to call his friend." Maybe mom would've had a free set of all-weather mats tossed in for the info.

If I were a salesman and pulled that, I am sure a customer would've ratted me out. The dealer would've run that Jetta through detail and sold it for $12,500 or something after giving us $4k or so for it. Used cars are their biggest moneymaker after all.
 
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