How to Maximize Your Trade-In Value

Excited Couple Reviewing Trade in Offer with Salesman


Whether your situation has changed and you’re looking to get rid of your current vehicle, or you’re interested in upgrading to a new or pre-owned ride from our inventory, it’s important to know how to maximize your trade-in value. Although we promise to do our best to ensure that you’re getting a fair trade-in value at our dealership, there are things you can do to get the most out of the vehicle you’re trading in.

One of the many questions we get asked is, “Should I fix my car before trading it in?”, and the answer is, it depends. If there are major fixes you have to perform, it’s likely not worth the money to fix your car before trading it in. However, minor fixes may be worth it if you’re looking to get the most for your vehicle trade-in. Learn more about fixing your car before trading it in today with the experts at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington!

Should I Fix My Car Before Trading It In?

So, should you fix your car before trading it in? The answer depends on the specific type of fix you have to do. Major fixes may cost too much and may exceed the trade-in value of your ride, making it not worthwhile. But, if there are some things you can do to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly before you trade it in, it may be a good idea. Le’s take a look at some information regarding major and minor fixes for your vehicle before trading it in:

Fix My Car Before Trade-Ins: Major Fixes

  • Price: Major fixes can be costly, meaning the amount of money you get when you trade it in won’t be worth it.
  • Expertise: Our dealership has the expertise and training to easily fix the issue that’s wrong with your vehicle. That way, we can repair the issue correctly so that the next shopper opting for your ride can enjoy it on the Normal roads.
  • Reconditioning Process: Our dealership will likely recondition the vehicle you’re trading in anyways before we sell it to the public. If it’s a major issue that needs to be fixed, it’s best to leave it to our team.

Fix My Car Before Trade-Ins: Minor Fixes

  • Clean Your Vehicle: One of the simplest things you can fix on your vehicle is its cleanliness. Clean it inside and out to the best of your abilities.
  • Scratches & Dents: Any minor scratches or dents are likely worth it to fix. This can help your vehicle look better and allow us to get it back on the Champaign roads much more quickly thanks to less reconditioning time.
  • Light Bulbs: Not only will new light bulbs allow you to see better on your way from Decatur to our dealership, but it’ll also help increase your trade-in value as well when all your lights are in working order.
  • Fluids: Replace any simple fluids that you can. From windshield washer fluid to transmission or brake fluid, it’s a good idea to refresh your vehicle before you trade it in so that it passes a trade-in inspection with flying colors.

Get the Most for Your Trade-In Value Today at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington!

When you’re trading in your vehicle, you’re essentially trying to make a good impression. A clean and well-maintained ride will get a higher trade-in value than one that is dirty and neglected. Visit us in Bloomington today to trade in your vehicle. You can always contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

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