How Do I Get the Most Out of My Car Trade-in?

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If you’re considering trading in your vehicle in greater Sarasota, you’re probably wondering about how to get the best offer for your trade-in vehicle. Take a moment to read our pointers on how to maximize your used car’s trade-in value. Once you’re done reading, use our trade-in calculator to get an estimate of what your vehicle is worth, and contact Cox Chevrolet to take the next step at our Bradenton showroom! 

How to Get the Best Offer For Your Trade-in Vehicle

The first step of trading in your car near Tampa is to know how to maximize your used car’s trade-in value. But how do you get the most out of your car trade-in? Check out some fundamental strategies below: 

Clean Your Car 

Don’t worry about getting the annual maintenance, as it’s more cost-effective for the dealership to perform that after the sale. That said, be sure to get your car detailed if its upholstery is beaten up, and take care to remove any grime from the console, dashboard, or door panels. It never hurts to give the exterior of your car a wax either! 

Find Leverage 

Get an offer from one dealer, and then go to a different dealer and ask them to counter the original offer. Repeat this process until you get the sense that you’ve gotten the highest offer possible for your vehicle and accept it! Rest assured, Cox Chevrolet is quite competitive. 

Negotiate Trade-in Offer Separately 

Once you’ve been given an offer, make sure that you negotiate the value of the trade-in separately. Sometimes dealerships will deduct the trade-in from the price of the vehicle and bury your offer in a dense contract, where they’ve snuck in some additional fees to offset the value of whatever offer you’ve been given. At the least, carefully review the contract for your next car at the negotiating table to make sure you’re really being given the trade-in value you’ve been offered, and rest assured, Cox Chevrolet prizes transparency during negotiations. 

Get an Excellent Offer Near Palmetto at Cox Chevrolet

Do you have more questions about how to get the best offer for your trade-in vehicle? Just call Cox Chevrolet at (941) 251-0310. We can help ensure you maximize your used car’s trade-in value. While you’re here, take a moment to fill out a pre-approval and explore our inventory to streamline the process of finding your next vehicle at our showroom in Bradenton! 


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