How Do Dealerships Value My Trade?

Couple Ready to Drive Off SnippedDrivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania: If you’ve been in the market for a new ride, there are plenty of options available for you to pursue. You could lease, buy, or even more exciting—you could set up a trade-in. Our team at Faulkner Mazda knows there are quite a few questions surrounding trades, though, starting with “what,” and ending with “how?”

Luckily, we’re here to assist. Our team will walk you through the process of trading in your car, so you’ll finally have an answer to the question, “how do dealerships value my trade?” Let us give you the information you need. Read on to learn more.


What Does a Dealer Look For?

Vehicle Appraisal 1You think you want to trade your car in? That’s wonderful! Get ready to work closely together, then, as a team. You’ll want to start off by showcasing the vehicle that you want to trade and getting an estimate of its value. This is possible through a series of processes—an appraisal, for one, or something as simple as our Value Your Trade tool.

When we, as dealers, take a look at potential trade-ins, there are a few standout features we look for. First and foremost, the factors that may come into account include:

  • Your make/model
  • Its condition and year
  • Any existing accessories or upgrades

The Dealer’s Details

Trading KeysMore specifically, let’s talk about what else dealers look for, beyond the initial study of the model in question. These include aspects like your current vehicle’s condition, subsequent appearance, and other factors. We’ll also discuss how it’s taken into account.

Condition is a large factor, and also one of the parts of your car that you can actively work to enhance. When you arrive on-site, you can expect an inspection, just to ascertain that everything is in working order. If you have questions about the process, our team will be present to guide you through it, too.

Another thing to think about is the popularity of your model. That doesn’t mean that lesser-known vehicles aren’t accepted—but popular sets of wheels have a tendency to sell quickly, and this can be a draw to assist with your trade-in.


Raise Your Trade-in Value

Man Upkeeping VehicleSo, when you’ve reached this point in the process, you’re more than likely almost ready to trade. But how can you get the best plan for you? We’ll let you in on a secret—there’s a way to raise the value of your current set of wheels, so you can put more of a down payment on your next ride. How? We’ll get into it.

Naturally, your current vehicle’s make, model, and year can’t be altered. This is what the car is, plain and simple. But you can always give it a little extra pizzazz by taking it to the shop. Repairing things like…

  • Dents or scrapes
  • Routine maintenance
  • Necessary replacements

When you take care of these changes yourself, your value will increase significantly, as opposed to the dealer conducting them when they receive your vehicle. This investment also means a lower payment on your new ride in the long run.


Value Your Trade With Our Team

Now that you’ve read our general overview, do you feel that you have an answer to the question, “how do dealerships value my trade?” If so, then it’s time to take the next step. Our team at Faulkner Mazda is here to help drivers like you set up their ideal trade-in plan. With our help, you’re sure to find a set of wheels that you love.

Interested parties near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, PA, should get in touch with us. We’ll help you set up your trade-in today!


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