As you think about buying a new car, one thing you’ll want to consider is what you’ll do with your current one. Assuming your car still runs okay, you can likely trade it to the dealership to get some credit toward your purchase. And by taking a few simple steps to show you’ve been a responsible vehicle owner, you may be able to maximize your trade-in’s value.

One of the first things you should do is reach out to Matthews Motors Clayton, where we’re always happy to help you value your trade or answer any outstanding questions about the trade-in process.

Here are some ways to ensure your car is appraised for the maximum amount.

Getting More for Your Trade in 4 Steps

Clean it

Don’t underestimate the power of a good, thorough cleaning. Spend some time washing the exterior, vacuuming the seats and upholstery, and making sure there’s no junk or debris rattling around in your trunk. Show off the love and care you’ve given your vehicle over the years, and help it make a strong first impression.

Maintain it

Another way to demonstrate that you’ve taken care of your car is to, well, take care of it. Make sure you stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance, including oil changes and tire rotations. Don’t bring in a trade that has no oil in the tank, or that’s running on barely inflated tires.

Keep documentation

If possible, hold on to the documentation and records from your service visits — at least the most recent ones. This simply helps you to prove that you’ve shown your car the care it needs.

Avoid aftermarket upgrades

There’s nothing wrong with having some tasteful speakers installed, necessarily, but in most cases, customization hurts you come trade-in time. Certainly, bold new paint colors and extreme “lifting” can limit the buyers who might be interested in your vehicle.

Trade Your Car in Raleigh, NC

If you’re ready to move on from your current vehicle, give Matthews Motors Clayton a call. We’re always happy to talk with you about the value of your trade, and also to show you some of the options in our inventory of used cars for sale in Raleigh, North Carolina. Contact our dealership at your next convenience.