How to Trade in a Car

How to Trade in a Car

During your car-buying journey, do you want to trade in your current ride before driving away in your new one? At Ira Toyota of Orleans, we’ve been helping Orleans, Eastham, and Harwich, MA, drivers trade in their vehicles for years. We’re more than happy to take your car off your hands.

With our years of expertise, we’ve made trading in your vehicle easier than ever. Below, we’ve compiled a list of all the steps you should take for a successful trade-in. Ready to learn how to trade in a car? Let’s get started. Contact us with questions!

Step 1: Determine Your Car’s Worth

How to Trade in a CarBefore you have your vehicle appraised at our dealership, we recommend doing some initial research prior to your visit. You can find many online valuation and appraisal tools to help you determine your car’s worth, like our secure online Value Your Trade tool. Using our tool, you can get a real-time estimate of your car’s worth or even take it one step further by selling us your car online.

You can even have your vehicle checked out by a mechanic. Their overall assessment will take vehicle operation and condition into account; this will help you gauge a fair price for your vehicle as well.

Step 2: Prep Your Trade-in

How to Trade in a CarVehicle condition and operation are huge factors when it comes to trade-ins. What better way to help you get more money than by taking extra care of your car before you put it into your dealership’s hands? With that being said, you can take these preparatory measures to ensure a higher trade-in value!

  • Clean It Up: Taking your car through the car wash, vacuuming up crumbs, and shampooing the upholstery are all great ways to get your vehicle sparkling inside and out.
  • Maintenance: Are you behind schedule on a few general automotive services? Now would be the time to have your vehicle’s oil changed or have any repairs completed.
  • Gather Paperwork: Bringing any maintenance receipts, accident reports, or other documentation for the appraiser is always a good idea.

Step 3: Set Up an Appraisal Appointment With Us

How to Trade in a CarYour vehicle is fresh and clean and ready for a date at the dealership, so now it’s time to set up an appraisal appointment! An appraiser from our dealership will take a look at your vehicle, take it for a test drive, and prepare an offer. Most appraisers take multiple factors into account when deciding a vehicle’s value, such as:

  • Vehicle Age
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle Condition
  • Seasonal Demand
  • Options and Add-ons

Step 4: Negotiation

How to Trade in a CarWe want you to get a fair price for your trade-in. That’s why we’re more than happy to negotiate trade-in prices with you. We’d recommend bringing all necessary paperwork and receipts in case you’d like to counter the appraisal amount.

Step 5: Finalize the Paperwork

How to Trade in a CarOnce we’ve come to an agreement on trade-in price, we’ll walk you through all the paperwork and answer any questions you have along the way. We want you to feel confident in working with us.

Once you’ve signed and initialed all paperwork and discussed final payment, you’ll be good to go. Before you hand over the keys, though, we recommend double-checking your vehicle for any valuables or personal information. Don’t forget to check all pockets, compartments, consoles, and glove boxes for anything you’ve stored in the vehicle.

Ready to Trade in Your Car?

After reading how you can trade in a car at Ira Toyota of Orleans, are you ready to say goodbye to the old and say hello to your new vehicle? If so, follow the steps above. When you’re ready to visit our dealership near Orleans, Eastham, and Harwich, Massachusetts, we’ll be prepared to help you with your trade-in!  Contact us today to get started!


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