Let’s face it, we all want top dollar when we’re trading in our vehicles. After all, these cars have been with us through thick and thin. They’ve been there during that break-up, they were there to welcome home your brand new baby, heck it probably even took that baby to his/her first little league game. Now it’s time to trade on up, and you want the biggest bang for your buck.
Makes perfect sense!
However, if your car looks like and sounds like it’s been through the ringer, chances are you’re not going to get a decent trade-in price. Here are 3 tips to getting max value on your car’s trade-in price.
Finding the Value of Your Trade-in
Okay so here’s a secret. Forget Kelley Blue Book. Yes, I am serious. Use your dealer’s Trade-in tool to help find your car’s value instead. Not only is it similar to KBB’s guide, but it will also give you a personalized value based on the car you are interested in as well. The better shape your car is in the higher the price of your trade-in. I especially like how car dealerships are using this tool. The car dealerships that do use this tool and take the time to show you what your car is worth for trade-in are dealerships worth visiting and doing business with. Honesty and good ethics go a long way!
Maintain Your Vehicle
Growing up I heard my dad always say, “Your car is like a person, it needs care and love to live long.” It wasn’t until I owned my first vehicle that I understood the severity of his words. Afterall he was right, there was no arguing there.
- Regularly tune up your car
- Keep your tires clean, rotated, and changed when needed
- Keep up on your brake pads, rotors, and wheel bearings
- Check fuses and spark plugs
- Change your oil and fluids regularly
- Be sure to change your air filter too
- Have a working and fully charged air conditioner
Of course, there are other ways of maintaining your vehicle, and you should practice them regularly. This will not only ensure that your vehicle is properly working but it will help when you go to trade-in your car.
Clean Your Vehicle Inside and Out!
I hope you don’t plan on bringing your vehicle to the dealer’s with mud stains covering the paint job, crumbs and stains entwined within the seats and cushions, and a windshield that you can barely see through. We’ve seen this happen so many times, and the dealer barely takes a gander at it. When you are going into trade your vehicle, make sure it is thoroughly cleaned. You would be surprised at how much MORE you will be offered for your trade-in vehicle when it is spotless. Trust me!
This means cleaning the wheels, using some tire oil on the tires, vacuuming out your vehicle, washing the windows inside (and out), dusting the and polishing up the inside as well as the outside of your vehicle, etc. The cleaner the car, the better value you will get for your trade-in.
Following these tips will help you get the best price possible for your trade-in vehicle. It literally pays to have a clean and well-maintained car. Happy Car Shopping!