Car Trade-In Tips

As much as you love your car, you’ve decided to part ways. It’s served you faithfully, but sometimes it’s just time for something different. Luckily, shoppers in the Miami area can come to our used car dealer to trade in their car, but there’s some information everyone should know before they take this step.

Working Out the Kinks

Now that you’re ready to take your car to a dealer to trade in, you want to make sure you get the most for your vehicle after taking good care of it for the duration of your ownership. There are some seemingly minor steps that can make a big difference!

Cosmetic Quick Fixes

When’s the last time you gave your car a thorough cleaning? Probably not recently enough to make it look gorgeous to a dealer. Vacuum the interior, wash and wax the exterior, clean the wheels until they’re gleaming, and even apply tire shine.

Dents and scratches are a huge point of contention for trade-in negotiations, and for that reason, it’s best to get them fixed before you bring in your car. Minor cosmetic issues (“paintless dents”) and curb rash (the marks left on your car when you accidentally scrape your wheel against the curb) are inexpensive to repair, and will considerably boost the aesthetic of your vehicle. However, don’t go too crazy: dents that require buffing or painting may not be worth the cost to fix.

Do whatever you realistically can to make your car looking close to new. These are little things that are easy to do but, if left unattended, may knock down your vehicle’s value.

Go All-In

Cars are like people: they get quirkier as they age. At this point, there are probably some traits about your vehicle that you don’t even notice anymore, but that may be a detractor for someone assessing the car’s value. Things like a ripped headliner, a window that doesn’t go down, or a particularly creaky door may be worth paying to fix, as you may wind up getting that money back when you trade it in.

Then, there are tires. Tires can be costly to replace, so it may not seem worth it to do so right before you get rid of the car, but in some cases it’s not a bad idea. Extremely worn tires with almost-nonexistent tread will certainly pull from the value of your car, so it’s probably best to replace them, even with a set of inexpensive replacements.

When you’re looking at your next used car at Driver’s Auto Mart, our Miami area dealership, be sure to bring your current vehicle to trade. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting credit towards your next truck, car, van or SUV you fall in love with on our lot!

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