Cosmetic repairs can effectively boost used car value prices, as in the case of a noticeable cosmetic repair like scratches or other minor fixes. Buffing out surface scratches and using touch up paint can restore a car’s exterior to look like new for a relatively low cost. Fixing any broken trim on the interior or exterior can also help restore the overall cosmetic appearance of the car and increase its value. Typically, used car values decrease with the existence of body or frame damage. These repairs are not considered cosmetic, since the integrity of the car’s frame may have been compromised in due to an accident.
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