If you’re shopping for your next car, it’s totally natural to want to get the most value for your trade-in. No matter if you’re shopping for a new or used model, trading in your old car is the best way to offset the purchase price of your next ride. Before you bring your trade-in to the dealership for an appraisal, you can follow a few of our top tips to help maximize its current value. The team at SchuCar has assembled this informative guide that will walk you through some of the best ways to increase the value of your trade-in vehicle.
Trade-In Process Explained
In many cases, you won’t find a faster or more stress-free way to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle at an affordable price than trading in your current one. You’ll avoid all of the stress, annoyance, and wasted time that’s involved with selling the vehicle on your own. There’s no need to invite strangers to your home or spend time advertising your vehicle. With SchuCar, our team has the tools and expertise to get you the most money for your used car, SUV, or truck.
We also understand that as a buyer, you’ve likely researched the value of your trade-in using popular online tools like Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book, and Black Book. SchuCar takes this one step further! We transparently review the local market conditions here in New Jersey for a given used car. This means we can provide you with a competitive price based on what vehicles like yours are currently selling for, given their condition, mileage, and equipment.
Top Tips for Getting the Most for Your Trade
If you’re curious about the best ways to maximize the value of your trade, you’re in luck! SchuCar has compiled our top tips for getting top dollar for your trade-in. Better still, these tips are simple and straightforward methods that you can use to get your vehicle looking its best when you’re ready to start shopping for your next ride.
Complete Routine/Required Service and Maintenance
• Hopefully, staying on top of regular maintenance for your vehicle has been a priority throughout your ownership of your vehicle. After all, a vehicle that’s been properly taken care of will be in good mechanical condition and have a higher resale value than those that have been neglected. It’s always a smart idea to have service performed at a trusted authorized dealership for maximum peace of mind.
Exterior and Interior Detail
• In addition to mechanical condition, the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle has an impact on its value. Wouldn’t you pay more for a vehicle that looks great both inside and out compared to one that doesn’t? No matter if you make the effort on your own or you have a professional detail your vehicle, making sure the exterior and interior of your car look their best is a great way to boost its value.
Save Your Receipts
• If you’ve recently had a major service or repair performed on your vehicle within the last few months prior to trading it in, bring your receipts with you to the dealership! As an example, a recent purchase of four brand-new tires can enhance the value of your vehicle since the dealership doesn’t have to spend that money themselves. It’s a great way to gain some extra value from these expenses when you bring it in for an appraisal.
Remember Seasonal/Demand Factors
• Another important topic to remember is that certain demand and seasonality factors can impact the value of a given vehicle’s trade-in. Imagine that a potential customer brings their high-performance convertible sports car to the dealership in mid-January for trade-in. With the streets lined with snow and potential buyers waiting until the summer months to start shopping, it’s clear that this customer won’t get top dollar for that sportscar. Waiting until April or May will be a much more financially rewarding decision. The same goes for other external factors such as gas prices. When gas prices skyrocket, gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks aren’t as in demand as hybrid or electric models.
Get an Instant Cash Offer Today
Using our helpful online Value Your Trade Tool, you’re only minutes from getting the competitive trade-in offer that you’ve been looking for. Backed by real-time data from both retail and wholesale pricing locally in New Jersey, our tool gives you the most accurate price possible. Simply enter your vehicle’s year, make, and model, and our tool will begin to populate the best matches for your vehicle. Just select the correct one. This transparent market pricing tool gives you a true market value based on all of the vehicles currently in the marketplace TODAY.