Being a responsible car owner pays off in the end when it comes time to get behind the wheel of a newer model. New cars can be expensive, especially for those on a tight budget, but a well-maintained trade-in vehicle can make a huge dent in the cost. Here are a few ways you can increase your car’s trade-in value, as suggested by us at Graff Chevrolet.
- Documentation – Service without documentation makes the service itself questionable to dealerships. Keep a good record of every service visit by keeping receipt and vehicle health reports whenever possible. Document any major repairs and where the vehicle was fixed up. Most importantly, keep a perfect record of every routine maintenance visit. Doing so shows that taking care of the car was a top priority.
- Repairs – Taking care of any inexpensive repairs prior to trading in your vehicle can make a world of difference in the value of the vehicle. Dealerships will often give more for a vehicle that doesn’t need a lot of work.
- Explore the Market – There’s always more than one dealership that will take your trade-in vehicle as credit for a new car. That’s why you should always explore the market to determine who will give you the best deal on both your trade-in vehicle and a new car.