How to Prepare Your Vehicle for a Trade-In

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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.