How to Trade in a Car

Trading in Your Car

Choosing to trade in your current vehicle is a great option that every driver should consider. Overall, trading in a car is a quick and easy process that can help make shopping for a reliable pre-owned vehicle easier and more affordable.

So, how do you trade in a car? Check out this step-by-step guide by Val-U-Line® to find out.

Step 1: Get Your Car’s Estimated Value

When you trade in your current vehicle, you can use its value towards the down or monthly payment for your next used car. So, before you head to the dealership, it’s a good idea to check its estimated value. That way, you can get a better idea of how much it’s worth and how much you’ll need to save for a down payment.

Overall, the value of your vehicle will depend on its overall condition. Typically, cars with little to no mechanical issues or cosmetic flaws may be worth more than those vehicles with performance problems. Accident and service history, as well as its age, mileage, and what features it comes with, can also affect a car’s estimated value.

Step 2: Inspect the Interior and Exterior

Get Your Car's Value Estimated

Once you have an idea of how much your vehicle is worth, take some time to inspect the interior. Does the upholstery have any tears? Are there any stains on the floor or seats?  If so, you may want to consider having it cleaned and detailed. You’ll also want to take a closer look at the exterior and have any noticeable scratches and dents removed.

Having your vehicle detailed and cleaned is one of the most integral steps of the trade-in process. Not only will doing this make sure your car looks and feels like new, but it’ll also help boost its overall value. 

Step 3: Schedule Any Necessary Service and Repairs 

Another essential step in the trade-in process is inspecting your car’s performance. Before you trade it in, you want to make sure that everything under the hood is working perfectly. If it’s due for service or if a part needs to be replaced, it’s best to have it serviced immediately.

Scheduling service for any necessary repairs helps eliminate any performance issues. As a result, you’ll be able to trade it in for a higher value, so you can save even more for your next used car.

Step 4: Visit Your Local Used Car Dealership

Trading in Your Car to a Dealership

As soon as you’ve determined its value and had it detailed and serviced, you should be ready to trade in your vehicle at your local dealership. Here, a team of automotive experts will inspect the car to determine its overall value and walk you through each step of the trade-in process.

Once the dealership determines its value and you choose your ideal pre-owned vehicle, all you have to do is sign a few papers and hand over the keys, and you’ll be able to drive home in your dependable new-to-you used car.

Trade in Your Car and Drive Home in Your Perfect Used Vehicle

Trading in your current car is an easy way to save on your next used vehicle. For more information about how to trade in your car and what you can expect for each step, contact the automotive experts at Val-U-Line® today!