If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, one of the best things you can do for your wallet is to trade in your old one. Trade-in vehicles are great for new car buyers and can act as a down payment or take a major chunk off of your auto loan – just make sure you get the most for your old car. Here are a few tips on how to increase your trade-in value, from us here at West Point Lincoln!
- Clean – Treat a dealership’s inspection of your trade-in vehicle as a sort of interview for your car. Make sure your vehicle is presentable. Wash and wax the exterior, buff out any scratches, and fix any dents if possible. Take the time to detail the interior as well. Pay special attention to the windows and windshield to ensure they’re spotless!
- Document – If you had any service done while you owned the vehicle, make sure to provide the proper documentation. Having proof of your vehicle’s maintenance records can only increase the trade-in value, after all.
- Shop – Competition among dealerships works in your favor. One dealership may offer more for your trade-in vehicle if you buy there instead of at a competing dealership. Weigh your options and take the best offer available!