How to Trade In a Car

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

Selling your car can be a stressful experience, but knowing what steps to take to trade in your car can make the process much easier. No matter what make or model you drive in Middletown, Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM created this guide to help you get a fair market value for your used vehicle. Learn how to trade in a car, and be sure to explore our new vehicle specials.


How to Trade In Your Car: Steps to Follow

Dividing the trade-in process into steps will make knowing how to trade in a car less overwhelming. Break the process down into these steps:

  1. Obtain an estimate of your car’s value.
  2. Have an in-person inspection and appraisal with an expert.
  3. Negotiate for the offer you want in New London.

Step 1: Estimate

Don’t go into an appraisal blind – do some research and find out the estimated trade-in value for your car. Websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds Appraisal Tool can help you find a fair estimate. You can also use our value your trade estimator to get an idea what your vehicle is worth before your car is appraised. Keep in mind, the estimate of your trade-in is based on your vehicle’s make, model, and year, along with the current condition and maintenance history. Researching what others have earned for your make and model will also be beneficial.

Step 2: Appraisal

The next step of trading in your car is the inspection and appraisal. This can be the most stressful part of the process because if the appraisal is low the dealership may not be able to resell the car. Keeping to a recommended maintenance schedule will increase the odds of your trade-in being accepted. Having a detailed report of repairs and maintenance done on your vehicle will help you get a higher appraisal. Also, make sure your vehicle has been cleaned thoroughly before the inspection.

Step 3: Negotiate and Accept an Offer

When you’re learning how to trade in your car in Madison, getting multiple appraisals will make negotiating easier. Once you accept the offer from the dealership, you can put the money toward a new car down payment. Then, you can apply for financing, or leasing, to obtain your preferred payment method for your new car.

Contact Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for a Trade-In Estimate

Have questions about how to trade in a financed car at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM? Contact us to start a conversation! We can help you find a fair price for your vehicle to put toward a new car, truck, or SUV. Explore our new car inventory to find the model with the performance and features you’re looking for. You can also come to us for information on what to do if you can’t make your car payments.

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