You’ve decided that you want to buy your first-ever vehicle – but what do you do with your old car? If you’re thinking about trading in your vehicle for something new, then never fear – we have some tips for your trade-in that will help you through the process.
Figure Out Your Car’s Trade-In Value
You will find a range of websites that will help you determine what your trade-in’s value is before you take it into the dealership. These websites, which include Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds, will appraise your car based on the information you provide. That means you need to be honest about its condition — and keep in mind, very few vehicles are in “outstanding” condition. If you’re honest about your vehicle’s condition, you’re more likely to receive an accurate value prediction, which arms you better for negotiations.
Sell at the right time
Thinking about the season that you’re selling your vehicle in — and what it has to offer — could get you a bit more bang for your buck during your trade in. For instance, if you’re selling a vehicle with all-wheel drive, then the winters here in Wilmington are a great time to sell; if you’re selling a convertible, consider the summer. You want to sell your vehicle when it will be in high demand. That way, you have a better chance of increasing its value.
Give it a good clean
You want your car to make the best impression possible, so make sure it’s been cleaned before you bring it in. Give it a good scrub on the outside, and make sure the inside has been cleaned out and vacuumed. You will also want to try to remove any pet or smoke odor, which can be done by a car detailer. These steps will make it more appealing to the dealer.
Present your records
If you have been keeping track of your maintenance records, make sure you organize them and bring them with you to your dealer. Sometimes, having this type of paperwork will get you more when you trade in your vehicle. Also, make sure you have your registration and other important car-related paperwork.
Come to Union Park Honda for a great deal when you trade in your vehicle.