Not sure why this is in the smack section, but in answer to your question (if I understand it correctly):
Dealers will give you less on a trade-in than you will get if you sell the vehicle outright to an individual. This is partly due to the fact that dealers have known costs that they will have to pay before they list the vehicle for sale (i.e. cleaning, inspections, repairs, listing costs, etc etc). If they gave you the same amount that you would charge an individual then they would not make anything on the sale of the car that you traded in. I am sure some delaers on here can provide more light on the subject.
It sounds like you took your vehicle to a dealership and they offended you with a low trade-in offer. Have you never experienced dealings w/ dealerships?
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