A Lesson Learned by Katherine Mollman Waters: Trading in your Clunker for a new car. 1.) Do not disclose the following…Your son hit a raccoon driving 70 miles an hour taking out a part of the bumper, but leaving part of the raccoon when he was 16. 2.) Do not mention the slipping transmission. The reason you are not driving the said car today is because you live on a very, very steep hill and the snow and ice has not been cleared yet. 3.) Do not mention the years it was used as a traveling junk food, i.e, dead fry dispenser.4.) Wave your latest insurance card at them so they know someone thinks it is still drive worthy.5.) Do your research on line so you have the exact car and dealership already in your sights. Offer cash, and make sure it is a one owner car, low mileage and bring someone with you that knows the new car inside the engine and out! I just traded my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse Gt for a 2004 325I BMW in great condition, with low mileage! Yeah! Oh, and I am parking at the top of the hill till my driveway defrosts.