How to Part Exchange Your Car in 2023

Are you thinking about upgrading your car in 2023? Great news! There has never been a better time, or more ways to do it. One option for those looking to trade in an old car for a newer model is to use a part exchange service, which can reduce the amount you pay on a new car by using the value of your old against it.

What is Part Exchange?

Part exchange, or PX, is a method of buying a car in which you trade in your own old car against the price of the new. Essentially, the car dealer will assess the value of your old car and then buy it from you. Instead of cash, the price of the old car is deducted from the new, giving you a cheaper deal.

There are many factors which can affect how much a used car is worth, such as age, make and model, mileage, colour, and condition. The dealer will usually calculate its value by consulting one of several industry expert car valuation guides, or some have their own calculation system.

Part exchange is a popular choice for many buyers in Britain, with around 3.2 million people per year choosing to use this service, rather than selling privately.

What do I need to part exchange my car?

To part exchange your car, you will need all of the paperwork for the vehicle, as well as any parts and accessories, such as the parcel shelf. Here is a list of essentials you must take to the dealership:

  • Logbook (V5C)
  • MOT Certificate
  • Car Keys
  • Car Manual
  • Service Book and garage receipts

If you are planning to take out the new car on finance, you will also need your passport, your driving license, and a recent utility bill.

The better condition your car is in, the more it will be worth, so it's also a good idea to get any minor issues such as scrapes and scratches fixed, as well as to give it a thorough clean inside and out.

Can I part exchange a car on finance?

If you are currently leasing the car you wish to upgrade from on finance, such as PCP and HP, it can still be possible to part exchange, even if you have not yet fully paid off the finance. However, not all dealers offer this, and there can be extra payments involved when you end a finance deal early, so always ask around and ensure that you are making an informed decision.

Is PX the right choice for me?

Part exchange can be a quick and convenient option for upgrading to a newer car and not having to worry about trying to sell your car privately first.

However, it is not the right choice for everybody. Sometimes you can get a better price for a used car when selling privately. Juggling two transactions at once can also get confusing, and PX can quickly become complicated when trying to balance all the numbers. Before entering into a deal, it is important to assess carefully and understand all the options available, before making an informed decision.

How do I get the best deal for my car?

If you decide that PX is a good choice for you, there are several ways you can ensure the best deal for your car. Be sure to do some prior internet-based research on your car’s value, and understand what similar models are currently selling for.

If you are interested in part-exchanging your car and want to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experts will be happy to guide you towards the best decision.