Dear Terry,

I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla that I have had for almost three years. I am looking into trading it in, but I don’t know how to go about it without having to spend $10,000 to $15,000 to do so. Unfortunately, I have a bad credit score. I am wondering how to go about this.

Jennie

Dear Jennie,

Do you owe anything on the Corolla? When you mention $10,000 to $15,000, is this the difference between the value of your Corolla and the new car you want to buy?

With a poor credit score, my suggestion is to hang onto the Toyota, clean up your credit score over the next year and then look to trade.

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