How to Trade In a Car

lady trades in car and signs dealer papers

Listing your car on the market can be a very time consuming process, and at the end of the day, you never really know what you’re going to get in return. If you don’t want to waste your time, then you’ll absolutely want to know how to trade in a car with Sandy Sansing! We have plenty of experience with both new and used vehicles, from many different makes, and our finance team is standing by to help you get the deal you deserve.

Get Your Vehicle’s Trade-In Value

When you’re learning how to trade in your car, knowing where to start can be the most difficult part. We’ll do our best to make it easy for you: The first thing you should do is get an estimate on your car’s trade-in value. For this task, you’ll want to take advantage of our easy-to-use valuation tool. With this, you’ll input your make, model, and year, and get a result almost instantly.

Combining this step with a little outside research is the best way to get a more definite idea of what your vehicle is worth. Check out the Kelley Blue Book® Value tool or the Edmunds True Market Value® calculator.

Schedule Your In-Person Appraisal

No online tool can account for every aspect of your trade-in vehicle’s history. So, you’ll eventually need to bring your car in for a detailed inspection with Sandy Sansing, or some other dealership. One of our team members will examine the vehicle, determine its true worth, and decide if it’s possible for the dealership to buy the car.

If the vehicle’s condition is waning, or if the dealership already has many similar used vehicles on their lot. They may not wish to purchase your model. However, since the experts at Sandy Sansing want nothing more than to improve your daily drives, we’ll do whatever it takes to help you trade up.

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Receive Your Offer

If the dealership is ready to purchase your trade-in vehicle, they’ll calculate the final appraisal and make you an offer. Of course, in almost all cases, you’ll have the opportunity to negotiate for a better offer. Your chances for getting a good deal will improve if you try multiple locations, and have a strong idea of your car’s real worth. So, remember to do plenty of research before you accept or reject any offer.

If you’re still making payments on the vehicle you’d like to trade-in, you should know that it is possible, though not always desirable, to trade-in a financed car.

Find Your New or Used Vehicle with Us!

You really can’t beat the convenience of trading in a car and purchasing a new one at the same place, and since the Sandy Sansing dealerships offer an exceptionally wide variety of new and used vehicles, it’s easy to make a change that brings you joy. We have locations near Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL, so don’t wait to drive in and say hello!

Still doing research? Compare buying vs. leasing or keep reading to get more advice from our team. Remember, a vehicle that receives all of its regular oil changes and required maintenance will fetch a higher trade-in value than a model with a spotty history!