How to Prepare Your Car for Trade-in

April 3rd, 2013 by

Sales situation in a carWith the busy spring and summer season approaching, you may be ready to ditch your trusty old car for a newer model—many Regina drivers are. But with a couple of months to go until new 2014 models hit our Crestview Chrysler lot, chances are good that you’ll be driving around town in Old Faithful for a few more months.

If you’re considering trading in your old car for a new model this spring, there are a few simple steps you can take in the meantime to get the most out of your trade-in value. Here’s how:

  • Bring Your Car in for Maintenance: While it’s tempting to let regular maintenance fall by the wayside while you’re waiting to get your new car, keeping up with your regularly scheduled oil changes and tune-ups will prevent mechanical problems from flaring up before you sell. If you’re diligent about maintenance, bring your service records with your trade-in. The dealer will love to see that you’ve taken great care of your car.
  • Keep it Clean: A dirty or poorly maintained interior will cost the dealer time and money to fix—money that will likely come out of your trade-in value. Take some time to get your car detailed or do a thorough cleaning of your car’s upholstery, remove all personal items and debris, and your old car will make a much better first impression.
  • Spend Money to Make Money: Dings, scratches, and minor paint chips on the exterior of your car are perfectly normal, but they’ll drive down the resale value of your car. However, small cosmetic imperfections are very easy to fix and can be done for a low price at your local service centre or body shop. If repairing a few scratches is what it takes to bring your car from “Fair” condition to “Good” condition, it may be worth the cost in the long run. Burnt out headlights and interior light bulbs are another great example of an inexpensive repair that can significantly increase your trade-in value if done well.
  • Do Your Homework: Perhaps the best advice we can offer is to research your car’s Canadian Black Book value before negotiating a trade-in price. It won’t give you an exact value (that’s up to you and the dealer), but it will give you a good idea of a fair starting point. We suggest doing some extra research to find out how your car’s condition is determined. That information may help you decide what issues you should fix before you sell.

Crestview Chrysler is Regina’s New and Used Car Headquarters

At Crestview Chrysler, we’re known for our five-star friendly service and our fantastic selection of new and pre-owned cars. If you’re looking to trade up this spring, we think there’s no better place to do it than here—but don’t take our word for it. Contact us or stop by for a test drive today and see the Crestview difference for yourself.

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