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Things to Know When Trading in a Vehicle

Tips for Getting the Most for Your Trade-In

Are you thinking about trading in your car? There are several things to keep in mind when trading in a vehicle, like pricing it, finding a good deal, and more. Here are a few tips you should follow to get the most for your trade-in.

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Clean Your Car Inside and Out

First impressions are important. Dealers tend to offer less for cars that don’t appear in good shape and more for the same car that appears was well taken care of. Before getting trade-in appraisals, give your car a good cleaning inside and out. This includes giving it a car wash, vacuuming the interior, emptying out garbage and other belongings, and cleaning the glass. Basically, it should look good enough for the dealer to immediately put it up for sale if you were to sell it to them.

Research the Current Market Value

Before taking your vehicle in to get appraisals, you should also research the current market value of your vehicle based on the car’s make, model, year, trim level, mileage, and condition. This will give you an idea of how much your car is approximately worth so you know if you are being offered a good deal. Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds are two popular tools to check a vehicle’s value online.

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Bring All Required Documents

When you collect vehicle trade-in offers, you should be prepared to make the transaction for an offer you like by bringing all your required documents along. This includes every key for the vehicle, your valid driver’s license, insurance card, vehicle title, registration, and car loan information (if applicable). If you are planning on taking out a car loan for a different vehicle with your trade-in, you should also bring your most recent pay stub and proof of residency (like a utility bill). While those last two items aren’t always required, having them on hand can be beneficial in landing a good rate for your next car loan.

Ready to trade in your car? Complete our online trade-in form for an approximate offer. Looking for an exact quote? Bring in your car to us here in Green Bay and one of our specialists will be happy to look it over.