Can you trade in a high-mileage vehicle with CEL?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by vinuneuro, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. vinuneuro

    vinuneuro F1 Rookie
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    May 6, 2007
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    My dad asked me to help sell his 05 X5 with 210k miles. He's in love with this car and arguably should have sold it a a few years ago. With a CEL for bad cats and a 4x4 light for transfer case motor he's finally come to terms that it's time to let go. It still drives very well because of his maintenance but won't pass emissions with the cel.

    Will a dealer take a car with high miles and dashboard lights trade-in? Though in our family we've always sold privately, this one would be a pita.
  2. bbpathfinder

    bbpathfinder Karting

    Mar 29, 2011
    Scottsdale AZ
    A dealer will take it, but try selling it on your own first, you might get more $$. Just be upfront about the CEL, maybe some do-it-yourselfer will want it.
  3. Gran Drewismo

    Gran Drewismo F1 Rookie

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    As far as I know, dealers will take in virtually anything....though what they give you for it might be another story :)
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  4. cptndon

    cptndon Formula Junior
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    Jan 24, 2005
    Have you considered donating it? We had a'99 Audi A6 Avant that still drove well but required AC work. More $ than it was worth. The process was painless and you get a tax deduction.

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