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.

Should You Buy a New or Used Car?

Purchase New or Used | Fayetteville, NC

You know that now is the time to trade in that old ride of yours for something a bit fresher. What you haven’t determined yet is whether you want something brand-new or just new-to-you. To figure out whether you should buy a new or used car, you have to ask yourself a few key questions.

  1. How much can I spend? Making a budget is the first thing you should do when car shopping. Knowing how much you can afford every month will help you better decide if a new or used car is the best bet for your budget.
  2. Do I need the latest technologies? If you buy a new Honda from Bryan Honda, you’re getting some of the latest technologies up for grabs, from infotainment and connectivity to safety with Honda Sensing®. While you may be able to find a great used or certified pre-owned vehicle with modern bells and whistles, you’ll need to decide what you can and can’t live without first.
  3. Can I afford repairs sooner rather than later? If you buy a new Honda, you’re going to get plenty of coverage, including a 3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty among others. A CPO will carry limited warranty coverage as well, but if you buy a used vehicle, you’ll be on the hook for any repair costs right out of the gate.

There are a lot of different ins and outs to consider when weighing your options between a new and used car. The experts at Bryan Honda will help you make the best decision for your circumstances and get you out of the showroom with a smile on your face.

Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents

Car Seat Safety | Fayetteville, NC

In the United States, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children. Because of this, it’s important that you know whether or not you’re using your child’s car seat correctly. To help give you peace of mind, we’ve put together a list of some car seat safety tips you should keep in mind when you’re on the go.

Use the right kind of seat. It’s important you know the right type of car seat your child should be in at any given time. Your child should be rear-facing for as long as possible up until they are two or more years. Once your child has outgrown its rear-facing seat, you can move them into a forward-facing one.

Get your car seat installation checked. Depending on where you live, there are places you can bring your vehicle so that your car seat can be looked over, ensuring it’s installed correctly. You can find a list of local places that will do this here.

Keep track of your child’s size. As your child grows, his or her car seat requirements may change. Make sure you’re aware of your car seat’s weight, height, and age limits and, if your child outgrows these, you have a new seat at the ready.

One of the ways to improve car seat safety is to buy a car that has a robust and easy-to-use LATCH system. Fortunately, many of the cars at Bryan Honda have just that. Visit us today to learn more about how buying Honda can improve your children’s safety.