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A question for you guys in the car business

Old 10-16-2014, 01:27 PM
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I plan on trading in my wifes 2005 Honda Pilot when I purchase a new car. The car is in pretty decent condition with the exception of the left head lamp. The right headlamp was changed out earlier this year by the dealership after the car was involved in an accident and is in like new condition. The left headlamp was not damaged so it stayed but is yellowed out real bad.

Would it make a difference in trade in value if I left the headlamps the way they are or should I replace the bad headlamp? It wouldn't cost a lot of money (about $58 shipped from Rock Auto) but I don't want to put any more money into the car if it's not going to make a difference. Thanks.
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You can (1) pay someone to buff it out (this will remove the yellowing and make it look new again) or (2) go to walmart or auto parts store and buy a kit and do it yourself.

I bought the kit from meguiars and did my wifes car before we sold it. Took about 20 mins and I had to use the "extreme measures" kit (incl with the meguiars kit).

iirc the kit I used was about $15 and could have done 2-3 vehicles with it.
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Believe it or not bug / mosquito repelant and a rag removes it...chemical re -action.
Otherwise any money you put in it will not be returned. Go on KBB.com and fill out the info on your car so you know what to expect for trade in value...be more educated than they and you will walk out a winner.
Best of luck!
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carb and a very clean lint free rag will make it pretty damn clean in one swipe as long as its on the outside. But only swipe once across, dont rub it around
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Being a 2005 they will probably wholesale it, so I would not think it would make a difference.
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Put a band aid on it. Yes everything suggested above is a band aid. Let the next owner worry about them. The only way to fix is replace.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:46 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions, sometimes I over think things and forget the obvious. I took rbhankins advice and bought the kit. It came out fine.
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