Knowing what to do when trading in a vehicle generally comes from experience, but there are steps you can take to get the most for your old car. Check out these tips, then stop in at Schaumburg Mitsubishi today to see what your trade-in model is worth.
Research the Value
The first step in what to do when trading in a vehicle is to determine what it’s worth. There are plenty of online options, such as Kelley Blue Book, that can provide an estimated range of value.
Get an Appraisal
Once you know the estimated value of your vehicle, it’s time to see what the dealership will offer. Getting an appraisal by stopping in at the dealership (or filling out an online form) is the best and only way to know what to expect for your trade-in vehicle.
Make sure you know all the basic information a dealership might require, such as the VIN number (found on the dashboard just below the windshield) and mileage. It doesn’t hurt to shop around and see what competing dealerships will offer.
Gather Maintenance Records
Getting the most money for your trade-in vehicle isn’t all about making sure it looks shiny (although that certainly helps). Proving you’ve properly maintained the car is essential to getting the most for your car. One of the best ways to do just that is to gather all of your vehicle’s maintenance records.