How to Prepare Your Vehicle for a Trade-In

Man in Vehicle | Havelock, NC

Do you know what you’re going to do with your old vehicle now that you’ve decided to purchase a new model from Bryan Honda? One of the easiest ways to get rid of your old car is to trade it in with us. Here is how to prepare your vehicle to do so.

Remember the important paperwork

Before you trade in your vehicle, you want to make sure you have all of the right paperwork on-hand. This includes title and payoff information, along with your keys, owner’s manual, and a valid form of identification.

Give it a thorough cleaning

Cleaning your vehicle isn’t necessarily a “must do” before you trade it in, but doing so can help make a good first impression. It might even help increase your car’s value appraisal. Giving it a quick wash and vacuum before you come in can show that you’ve cared for it and kept it in good condition.

Understand how your vehicle’s value is determined

When you bring your vehicle in for a trade, someone in our used car department will look it over, give it a test drive, and make an offer based on what we believe its value is. Right now, you can even receive up to $1,000 more than the Kelley Blue Book value from Bryan Honda.

To determine your car’s value, we look at the following characteristics:

  • Vehicle age
  • Mileage
  • Ownership
  • Vehicle condition
  • Matching tires
  • Options and add-ons
  • Mechanical condition
  • Seasonal demand
  • Paint color

To learn more about the trade-in process, don’t hesitate to contact one of the friendly associates at Bryan Honda.

Maintenance Tips for Hybrid Vehicles

Honda CR-V Hybrid | Fayetteville, NC

Hybrid vehicles run differently than typical gasoline-powered models. Because of this, their service needs can differ, too. Here are some maintenance tips for your hybrid car to help you keep it in tip-top condition.

Find a Technician Who Knows Hybrids

You want to make sure an expert is working on your hybrid vehicle, so it’s important to find someone who has experience with these types of cars. Bryan Honda is a great option in the Fayetteville area since Honda is known for its hybrid-vehicle lineup.

Keep Up with Routine Maintenance

While hybrid vehicles can typically go longer between oil changes than gasoline-powered models, you still need to make sure you get your oil changed regularly. Doing so will keep your car running smoothly well into the future.

Don’t Forget About Your Cooling System

Your hybrid’s regenerative braking system can generate a lot of heat, which makes your cooling system even more important than normal. Make sure you have it checked frequently, and have your technician at Bryan Honda look at the individual hoses, pipes, and clamps.

Worry Less About Your Battery

If you’re concerned about your hybrid vehicle’s battery, you can rest easy. Because batteries see a lot of action, manufacturers tend to make sure hybrid cars’ electrical components are as maintenance-free as possible. They typically don’t need any specialized maintenance, so you don’t need to worry about your battery unless there appears to be a serious issue.

For expert maintenance on your hybrid, schedule an appointment with the service department at Bryan Honda.