Should I repair small dents before part-exchanging?

My son has owned a Alfa Romeo 159 1.9 JTD since 2009, which has 48,000 miles from new. It is a 2007 plate car and until two weeks ago was in very good condition. He was looking to change his car and putting the Alfa as part exchange unfortunately in the poor weather he slid into a low wall and scraped / dented the passenger front and rear doors..

With the age of the car and potential part-exchange value. is it worth him getting the car repaired or more cost effective to take the hit when exchanging?

Asked on 28 January 2016 by Tashman

Answered by Honest John
Get quotes for the work from a couple of bodyshops, then try a few dealers and see what they say. A dealer will always cost the time the car is being repaired and therefore unavailable for re-sale, so in theory, it should be better to get it fixed before offering it in p/x.

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