Trade-In Checklist

Trade-In Checklist


Trading in your car kills two birds with one stone. Not only does it help you get rid of your used car, but you can put its value towards the purchase of a new car. So, how do you go about trading your car in? Key Chevrolet put this trade-in checklist together to help drivers in Middletown, Manchester, and Hartford, CT, every step of the way.


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How to Trade-In Your Car

Trading your car in is easy. By just entering some basic details you can find out how much it’s worth and how much you can put toward the purchase of a new car. To get the best value just follow these six simple steps:

  1. Get an Estimate—Your first step is to get an estimate on how much your car is worth. All you have to do is enter some basic information about your vehicle and a “value your trade-in” tool will be able to give you an approximate value.
  2. Check With a Few Sources—To get a good idea of what kind of market value your car holds, it’s a good idea to get an estimate from a few sources. There are plenty of reliable sites like Auto Trader, Cars.com, and Kelley Blue Book that can give you an estimate for free. While they’re great tools for selling your car, if you’re planning on trading it in for a new one, your best bet is to use our dealership’s Value Trade-In tool. It’s powered by Kelley Blue Book, so you can count on it to give you an accurate appraisal.
  3. Make Sure It Looks Good as New—How much a car is worth is determined by three things: how old it is, how many miles it has, and what kind of condition it’s in. To help you get the most for your car, make sure it’s in good condition before you get it appraised. That includes cleaning both the interior and exterior. Make sure you wash and wax the outside and thoroughly clean the cabin. You might want to consider vacuuming the floormats or even getting it detailed.
  4. Schedule Maintenance Before Your Appraisal—In addition to making your car look spotless, you’ll want to have any maintenance taken care of before you bring your car in. That way, it’ll be in tip top shape. Everything from the engine and fluid levels to minor wear and tear can be taken care of before you get it appraised.
  5. Have the Car Inspected—It’s always good to get a second opinion, and it never hurts to have another set of eyes there to look things over. So, on top of any maintenance your vehicle is due for, get your car inspected beforehand.
  6. Get a Vehicle History Report—Finally, to make things as easy as possible and show that you’re serious, have a vehicle history report put together for your car. It should show the full-service history and make it easier to appraise.

Once you’ve followed these six steps, you can confidently head to the dealership to get your car appraised. After you know how much value it holds, you’ll be able to apply that the purchase of your next car.


Get an Estimate Today!

If you’re ready to get started, check out our Value Your Trade-In tool to get your estimate in just a few minutes. It’s an easy way for drivers in Middletown, Manchester, and Hartford, CT, to put their used car to good use. Visit Key Chevrolet to learn more about our trade-in checklist or get your car appraised.


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