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What You Should Do When Trading in Your Vehicle

Tips for Drivers Trading in Their Car

Are you looking to sell your car? Searching for the best rates and want to make the process as easy as possible? Here are a few things to keep in mind when trading in your vehicle.

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Clean the Vehicle’s Exterior and Interior

For the best deal for your trade-in, it’s highly recommended to clean the vehicle’s exterior and interior before taking it in to the dealership. A few things you should add to your list include giving the paint a car wash, seats and floors a vacuuming, all windows a cleaning, and the interior cleared of all garbage and personal belongings. After all, you’re trying to sell your car, so you want it to look the best it can be.

Research the Estimated Value

You should also research the estimated value of your vehicle before stopping by the dealership. This will help you know if you are receiving a good deal for your vehicle before you accept the offer. To find the estimated value for your car, online tools like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds provide present-day market value estimates for vehicles depending on the make, model, trim, year, mileage, and condition.

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Bring Required Documents with You

As you collect trade-in appraisals, it’s a good idea to bring required documents along with you. Make sure to have every key for the car, your driver’s license, insurance card, vehicle registration, vehicle title, and car loan information (if you are paying off the car) ready to provide to the dealership if you like an offer they gave.

In many cases, trade-ins are used to lower the cost of a different vehicle. If you are planning on using your trade-in as cash for your next vehicle, you should also bring along proof of residency, such as a utility bill, as well as one or two of your most recent pay stubs. While not always required, these may help you land a good rate for your next car loan.

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