How Do Dealers Value My Trade?

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If you’re looking for the best trade-in deal in the Huntington area, it helps to know what dealers are looking for when evaluating your trade-in vehicle. Simply put, the process starts with the baseline market value of your vehicle, which can be found quickly with our Trade-In Evaluator tool. Beyond the common range of value for the make, model, year, and condition for your vehicle, there are a few things you can do to get more money from your trade. We’ll go over details below, but remember that if you have questions about trade-ins not addressed here, you can always get in touch with us!

How to Find and Raise Trade-In Value

Our dealer will take a look at your vehicle through an appraisal to provide you with an offer, which is a much faster and more straightforward process than attempting to sell your vehicle to a private party buyer. 

The appraisal will start with a walkaround, continue with a mechanical checkup and interior viewing, then conclude with a road test. To get the best offer possible, you’ll want to correct all the inexpensive and easy things you can correct, like scratches and dings. Here are a few things that will help you out when trading your vehicle in:

  • Exterior: Wash the vehicle’s exterior, and correct cosmetic damage wherever practical. Clean the windows and ensure the wheel wells are clean.
  • Interior Detailing: Vacuum the floor and carpets, remove stains from the upholstery to the best of your ability, and clean the screens and interior sides of the windows. Remove all personal items.
  • Maintenance: Get the vehicle up to date on maintenance such as oil changes, brake services, and tire rotations.
  • Documentation: If at all possible, gather the owner’s manual, all the documentation that came with the vehicle, and any service records or receipts.

Get a Trade-In Deal with Shepherd's Chevrolet Incorporated! 

To get the best trade-in deal in the Wabash and Warsaw areas for your vehicle, visit %Shepherd's Chevrolet Incorporated. We have tools like online financing, and a team that is friendly and helpful. Stop by today!