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it's illegal to sell a vehicle that won't pass inspection for federally mandated items, i.e. emissions equipment... in most states it's illegal to sell a vehicle (dealer) that doesn't have an inspection within 30 days of the sale (this happens all the time, though, and has even happened to me- but when I realized it, I drove back to the dealer and got my inspection for free)...
trading in a deleted truck on trade puts the dealer in a position that he can either figure on getting by with it, or, that he has to bring back to meeting federal requirements... if nothing else, it gives the dealer a little bit of latitude in negotiating the trade he wouldn't have otherwise...
'selling' a deleted truck is kinda stupid on their part, but I know it happens all the time.. it's stupid because the customer (never mind the summit racing, the foxairracing, the snap on tools, or the [insert favorite diesel performance shop] stickers) can legitimately claim ignorance and truthfully report "this is how I purchased it"... which puts the blame back on the dealer, and whoever inspected the vehicle last (which would likely be the dealer at a syndicate dealership)..
it's tricky durn business, and a dang shame.. in order to maximize your trade you gotta keep as much effort off the dealerships technicians and parts department as possible, and present a vehicle as close to 'sell ready' as you can- which means emissions items in place.. the dealer will use it against you if they have any sense.. at the same time, the dealer knows that a prospective customer will want to mod as soon as it is sold (especially if the 100k warranty is out)... and, the dealer knows that your deleted truck (and the fact it's likely in better condition deleted) is more desirable by a future buyer- so even if they revert the rig, there is no way they won't mention it's past in effort to sell it..
keep your coolers... keep your cat/dpf.. keep your tuner... they are all negotiating tools.