If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned car and want to trade in you current vehicle make sure that you are getting top dollar on your trade before you officially hand over the keys. In order to make sure you are totally prepared here are some tips from the trade on your trade.
Do your research.
Check dealerships in your area to learn more about their trade in process. Read reviews about the dealerships to see which dealership you feel will value your trade as well as you as a person.
But don’t research too much.
In a world full of information at just the click of your mouse, it’s easy to get carried away with research. If you have ever had a headache that was diagnosed as a brain tumor thanks to the symptom calculator of WebMD, you know exactly what I mean.
The same concept applies when trading in your vehicle. It’s important to have a thorough understanding of your car’s general worth but trust that the person appraising your car literally does this for a living and has an accurate gauge of the value of your car. We do a lot of research ourselves so no need to exhaust yourself combing every website. We monitor over 20,000 pre-owned websites within a 500-mile radius in order to stay up to snuff on fair prices for vehicles in our region all thanks to our Huffman Value Pricing.
Be able to answer the following questions.
Is your odometer operational and accurate?
Is your car paid off in full or is there a lien on the title, if so by who? How much?
How is the car titled?
Are there any mechanical or cosmetic defects?
Knowing the history of your vehicle is essential when trading in your car! The more you know the easier it is to get top value for your trade!
Get all of your documentation together.
Bring in the title to your car as well as any service records that you may have. If you didn’t keep a record of all of the service done contact the service department of where you had your car serviced and see if they can print off any records they may have on your vehicle. If you purchased your car as a pre-owned vehicle and have service records from the previous owner make sure you have them on hand. When it comes to trading in your car there is no such thing as too much information!
You don’t have to buy from the dealership where you trade your car in.
It’s a common misconception that if you trade in your car at a dealership you have to purchase from them in order to get top dollar for your trade. While we can’t speak for everyone, that is definitely not true for us. Even if you don’t buy from us we would love to buy your trade.
Check to see if you can fill out an online appraisal form.
Once you have all of you information together check and have selected the dealership where you intend to trade. Check and see if they have an online appraisal form. By filling out a form online you are able to get the value of your trade without having to drive to the dealership and have to wait for someone. Those who prefer to do things in person, feel free to stop by. Or if you are in our service department you can have your car appraised while you wait.
Click here to value your trade with us online!
Honesty is the best policy. Be up front with any issues that you have or are currently experiencing with your vehicle. We recondition all of our vehicles so they are safe and ready for the road. If you let us know what is going on it means that we can resolve the issue so that the next person who purchases the vehicle doesn’t have any unwanted surprises!
Still have questions about your trade feel free to contact any of our dealerships and any member of our sales staff will be more than happy to assist you!