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Trading in my Renault Clio 172

I am going to sell my 2002 Clio 172 Cup this summer. I am hearing mixed things about the 197 not being as much fun to drive as the 172 and I am slowly coming to the conclusion that the best thing to do is get a 1-2 year old 182.
I live in SW London and I was wondering whether anybody could offer advice about whether I should look at a part exchange with a dealer or seek a private sale? The car has done just under 39,000 miles and has had three owners I think.
Also I have evidently reversed into a bollard in the past and there are some quite deep scuff marks on the both rear corners of the car. If I part exchange at a dealership is it worth my while getting bodywork repaired first? And on that note, I heard that an outfit called Chipsaway is good for sorting out small bodywork issues. The car is in great nick otherwise. I am also a bit vague about what the car is now worth. I was thinking circa 6,000 for a private sale. AM I being optimistic?
Any advice on anything above would be very much appreciated.
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In case you missed it, I posted a link to this review a few days ago

It seems to concur with what you've heard - the Clio III 197 is a better built car than the II 182, but isn't as quick or as much fun to drive, largely thanks to being that much heavier.

As for repairs, my limited experience suggests that it'll cost you less to trade the car in 'as is.' I suspect that the dealers hang onto them until things are slow at their bodyshops, and then effectively get them repaired free of charge apart from materials. The damage will lower the trade-in value a bit, but you won't make your money back on having the damage repaired.

We got a reasoanble deal trading in our 02 Clio against an 04 (we needed a 5 door.) To be honest, I think they gave us a bit over the odds on the trade-in, but charged a bit over the odds for the new car. But 3 grand got us the same spec with the extra doors and less than half the age. I'm not complaining. We actually saw Leo (the wife's old Clio) today. The first time since we traded 'him' in

Selling privately might be a completely different kettle of fish. Most people want something that doesn't require any work, so unsightly damage is likely to put off the punters and significantly lower the price that you eventually get. If the damage is limited to the bumper, then phone round a few scrappies on the offchance that you can get a same coloured bumper from a write-off with no rear end damage.
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I would agree that the 182 is a fantastic drive. I used to sell Renaults and sold lots of 182's.Since leaving car sales I also looked to purchase a 182 but every one I looked at wasn't very tidy. It didn't help that I wanted one in black/gold which shows off any damage to the paintwork easily but if looked after looks fantastic.
I personally would have Chipsaway look at your car and quote you for the repair.Salesmanagers normally panick when the salesman tells them about damage on a trade in, and seem to kick it harder than what you might pay chipsaway. If Chipsaway want lots of money then don't bother and hope the salesman valueing your car dosen't look too closely to the rear of your car.
You will probably get lots of timewasters if you try and sell your car privately, but you could spend 50 with autotrader for 2 weeks and see what sort of a response you get. Probably better to get the damage repaired for this option though.
Try and get money off the screen price of the 182 if you don't trade your car in with them. They probably won't reduce the price by much money as theres always demand for a nice 182. Good luck
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