3 Things That Can Negatively Affect Your Trade-In Value – Lexington, KY

You know, when you look at some of the fantastic 2015 Buick and GMC models now available, like the GMC Terrain, Buick Encore, Buick Verano, or GMC Sierra 2500, it makes sense that you’d love to own one.  We here at Glenn Buick GMC  totally understand, we do, we’ve been there, and we know that one of the easiest ways to get in a new car is to trade in your old one.  What we also know is that it can be a pain to get the best trade-in value for your car, but we’ve got a few tips for you to keep in mind so that you can be assured of getting a fair price. There’s a few things that happen the longer you own a car that can negatively affect your trade-in value:

Keep your car clean
If you’ve been letting the junk pile up and the food stains set in, your car’s trade-in value will be greatly affected.  Even though your car will be sold as a used vehicle, the next person to own it doesn’t want to see soda stains and food crumbs ground into the carpet, and the dealership knows this.  This goes for taking care of any funky odors, and avoiding smoking in your car.  No one wants to be in a bad-smelling vehicle, especially if they’re going to commute in it!

Watch your mileage
Less than 30,000 miles is usually the sweet spot for a trade-in.  If you’ve been planning to trade your car in, but keep putting it off, double-check your odometer.  It will make a difference if you go in with an odometer that reads 29,000 as opposed to 30,000. Trust us on this.

Fix the visible problems
When your vehicle is being appraised, it’s only being looked at for things that can be seen, not the internal components like shocks, struts, or engine compartment. If you have a cracked windshield, or a dented bumper, try to get those fixed before you head in.  Remember, your car needs to make a great first impression!

Here at Glenn Buick GMC, we want you to get the best price for your trade-in. Come by today and let us tell you more about how to make sure your car’s in tip-top shape before you trade it in for a new Buick or GMC.