How to Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value
If you’ve decided it’s time to buy your next car here in the Indianapolis, Plainfield, and Bloomington areas, then you’re probably also wondering what to do with your current one.
Even if your car has many years and miles on it, you can still earn some money from it by trading in. If you follow these tips from the Andy Mohr Automotive team about boosting your car’s value, you can really maximize that trade-in.
Get Caught Up on Routine Maintenance
When you want to increase the value of your car prior to trade-in, step one needs to be getting up to date on routine maintenance and repairs. If your car is due for an oil change or tire rotation, this needs to be done before taking it to the dealership.
Remember, any work needed for your car is work that the dealership will have to perform themselves after trade-in. The labor costs will ultimately knock quite a bit of money off their estimation.
As long as you’ve been following a regular maintenance schedule, getting caught up before a trade-in shouldn’t be a challenge at all.
Take Care of the Exterior
The next step you’ll want to take is caring for your car’s exterior. First and foremost, a good wash and a wax can go a long way. The brighter and shinier your car is, the higher that trade-in estimate will go.
Of course, in addition to doing this, you really should consider fixing up other superficial flaws. We’re talking about dents, scratches, and chipped paint.
As long as these flaws aren’t too big, they really shouldn’t take up too much time or money to fix. When they’re out of the way, you can add a great amount of value to your car.
Thoroughly Clean the Interior
Last but not least, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the interior of your car before trading it in.
Use your senses to determine which areas need the most work. For example, if there’s an odd smell permeating your vehicle, perhaps from cigarette smoke, you’ll need to deeply clean the seating to lift the odor.
Note that if there is a cigarette smell in the car, it’ll take more than one cleaning to get out. With persistence and a deep scrub, you should be able to eliminate the majority of it.
While you’re at it, be sure to vacuum the interior, wipe down your doors and dashboard, and wash the seating of any stains to the best of your ability.
If you notice any tears or holes in the upholstery, do what you can to patch them, too.
Once these cosmetic fixes are all out of the way, the value of your used car should go way up.
Contact Our Dealership Today
If you’re looking for a place to trade-in your car here in the Indianapolis, Plainfield, and Bloomington areas, our dealership is happy to take it off your hands. We’ll make sure you get the fairest value possible.
Contact Andy Mohr Automotive today to learn more about vehicle trade-ins!