Tips To Get The Most For Your Trade‑In

These tips will save you money and time - whether you're buying a new or used car, #7 will put the power of negotiations back in your hands.

1. Clean It

A clean vehicle helps to extend its life. Make sure your vehicle is clean inside and out to give it "Curb Appeal" so the dealership's initial reaction is a positive one.

2. Title Info

If you own the car outright, you will have been issued a title. Make sure to bring the title with you! If you still owe money on your car, have the payoff info available.*

3. Service Records

Have the service records readily available if at all possible. Showing that the vehicle has been cared for and well maintained vehicle is always worth more money.

4. Spare Keys

You'll get more for your trade if you have spare keys and owners manuals. Reputable dealers supply 2 keys and owners manuals when selling a pre‑owned vehicle.

5. Accessories

Do you have floor mats, a third row seat, head rests, tire lock key, or any other accessories sitting at home? Bring them with you to get the most for your trade in.

6. Appointment

Make an appointment with the dealer. Ask them to give you a ballpark trade‑in value before seeing them. Knowing this info can save you time and frustration.

7. Know Your Worth

This is the most important step you can take to get the most for your trade. Know what your trade is worth by getting an estimated Value Of Your Trade from Kelley Blue Book.

Do you know the current Kelley Blue Book (KBB) value of your vehicle? Don't forget, to get the best trade-in value possible, your vehicle should look its best. A clean and detailed car is worth more at trade-in than a poorly maintained one. Fix any minor repairs to the car that you can, such as windshield damage or minor engine issues before the appraisal by the dealership.

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