I've only traded in one car, ever. It was a 1988 Mitsubishi Montero in horrible shape mechanically. Blowing blue smoke, barely drove, etc. I ended up getting full trade-in value for it. They didn't even go out to look at it. The Montero ended up sitting in the back of the lot for months. Anyway, is this normal? Or do most dealers check out the car first before taking it as trade? Interested in hearing your trade-in stories please. More info for those IMing me: I'm looking to sell my 1996 Subaru Outback. I fixed all issues except for two. P0740 and P0743 to be exact - solenoid clutch issue and torque converter. The funny thing is, it drives/shifts perfectly. I drive about 100 miles a day on this thing, and make trips to Boston (750 miles each way) about every 3 weeks. My mechanic told me a complete rebuild would cost $1800 and that may not even fix it, (sigh) as it could be electrical as the car sat for 6 years with no use before it was cleaned/restored. I'm very up-front and honest with everyone who's been interested so far. I tell them about the codes and unfortunately it has scared everyone away. Hell, it would scare me away too. I even replaced the missing "AT Transmission" dash light the previous owner removed. But since it shows no bad symptoms, again, it drives perfectly. I was hoping it would sell anyway. I wouldn't feel so bad trading it in to a dealer tight-lipped though, as I know they'd still make money anyway on the sale, and trade-in once they fixed it. I know it's still wrong to do this, but tell me, would you do the same thing? Honestly?