How To Prepare Your Vehicle For A Trade In
There are a lot of articles on the internet that cover trade-in value and many more articles that outline steps that might help improve your car's value when you trade it in. In reality, there is only so much you can do. The value of your used car is defined by vehicle type, the demand that exists for it, its mileage, the year it was made, and its overall condition. Those are the most important factors and most of them are relative to how you've taken care of your vehicle throughout your time owning it. With that said, there are a few things you can do to help show us how well you've taken care of your car.
1. Wash It - You don't need to detail it unless you want to. We understand it's a used car and we expect some dirt and wear. A good car wash can go a long way to show just how well you've taken care of your vehicle.
2. Clean Out Your Car - There are guides out there that suggest not cleaning your car gives you the power over the dealer because it might suggest you're not totally ready to trade it in yet. Honestly, you shouldn't be worried about whether we think you want to trade your vehicle in or not. You always have the freedom to walk away. The purpose of cleaning out your car is to show us the condition of the interior.
3. Fix Minor Dents and Small Problems - Small fixes that don't cost you a lot can go a long way. The less wear and tear your vehicle has, the higher value it will have.
4. Research & Don't Get Sentimental - The longer we have our cars, the more memories we make with them. We all can get sentimental about our cars, but when you're selling your vehicle or trading it in, it's just business. When you're considering trading in your vehicle, do some research with Kelly Blue Book but be honest with yourself on the condition of the vehicle.