Category Archives: Car Trade-in

Tips on the Trade-In Process

At Auction Direct USA, we offer fair and affordable trade-ins for many of our preowned cars. A trade-in can be a fantastic way to get yourself credit toward your next upgrade, and in many cases can get you a better deal than selling independently.

Many people simply don’t know where to start when it comes to trading in a vehicle, though. Let’s walk through a few of the most important steps and themes to give you a general idea of a few things you’ll need to do.

Determine Value

The first step will be determining the value of your used car, which has several factors involved. These include general condition, accident history and any chips or paint issues with the car. A lesser-known area that’s also often included is timing and location – if you’re trading a no-top convertible in the middle of winter in Boston, for instance, you won’t get the same value in your trade as you would if you traded the same car in in the middle of summer in Los Angeles.

There are several online resources available to make this kind of information easy to access. Kelley Blue Book and the National Automobile Dealers Association are two of the most popular outlets here, and they’re both free.

Canvass Similar Products

To get a decent idea of what your car might or should be worth, you can take it around to a few dealers in your area and get comparison points. These types of activities don’t only increase the curb appeal of your car, but strengthen your potential negotiating position.

What Matters to Dealers

When looking for trade-in value, you have to think about what will be important to the dealer you’re trading with. The things that matter most to dealers include their current inventory and how your car adds to it, the model and age of the car, and the engine type. Their primary goal is this: How quickly can I recoup my money from this car? This makes popular car models easier to get high value from.

Ready to put your knowledge to use, or want to learn more? Speak to the car dealers at Auction Direct USA today.

Keeping Car Trade-In Value High

There are a number of things to be aware of when speaking to a car dealer like Auction Direct USA about trading in a used car, and the most important factor will always remain value. How much your car is worth is the name of the game during a trade-in situation, and we’ll offer you fair and speedy appraisals to help you get proper value for your trade-in.

Leading up to the day when you come see us, though, what can you do to help boost your trade-in value? Let’s look at a few basic tips.

Maintenance

Keeping everything in working order is the first place to start. You’ll often get dinged more in your appraisal for a damaged area than you would have cost yourself or a mechanic to simply repair the issue before you brought the car in to trade, and a well-running vehicle is more impressive during negotiations.

In particular, focus on appearance – and keep receipts. Being able to prove what work you’ve done could be vital.

Research

As you walk in for your appraisal, be completely prepared. Know exactly what your car’s value should be, and what you’re prepared to accept in a counteroffer. Be realistic but also firm in these assessments, and don’t allow lack of knowledge to allow you to be pushed around.

Separate Transactions

Even if you’re trading in for a new vehicle on the spot, be sure to keep the two transactions separate. This helps with basic details, and stops the potential for misunderstandings. Many trade-in deals involve manipulation of certain variables involved in the upcoming transaction for your new vehicle – if you aren’t paying attention, these perks might not even out on both sides of the equation, and could put you in the red. Keeping the two separate avoids this possibility.

Dealer’s Angle

As you walk in the door, remember that once you’ve traded your car in to the dealer, the dealer still has to sell it to someone else. Try to view this from their perspective – how does it look, how does it drive, and how quickly will they be able to sell it? Are you trading a make or model that’s incredibly popular on the market right now, or something a bit less popular? Is the car newer or older (older doesn’t necessarily mean worse – there are certain situations where brand-new trade-ins are actually bad deals for dealers due to manufacturer incentives)?

Want to learn more? Auction Direct USA is a premier used car dealership in Rochester, Jacksonville and Raleigh, and we’ve helped countless people trade or sell used cars. We’re standing by to assist you today.

Car Trade In

Auction Direct USA Offers the Best Value for Your Car Trade In

At Auction Direct USA, our goal is to make the purchase of your next Certified Pre Owned vehicle as easy as possible – and the same holds true when you’re trading in a used vehicle to make your next purchase.

Not only does a car trade in generate value towards the cost of your next vehicle, remember that it also reduces the amount of time you have to invest in selling it yourself.

If you’re considering a car trade in now, your timing is just right.  According to AAA Auto Club, used vehicle sales are gaining in popularity among the car-buying public.

It’s well known that the single most expensive cost of owning a vehicle is depreciation.  AAA estimates a car loses between 15 and 20 percent of its value each year and, depending on the make and model, could depreciate by as much as half of its original value in just three years. That’s important information to know if you plan to trade in your current vehicle.

That said, you can be confident that when you trade with Auction Direct USA you’ll find the experience as hassle-free as possible when you purchase from us.  We’re in the business of buying and selling certified pre owned vehicles, so you can be assured you’ll receive a fair offer for your trade in based on what the going rate is in the automotive marketplace.

Once you find the vehicle you’re looking for on our lot, your salesperson will introduce you to one of our appraisal professionals who will look over your trade-in, research the vehicle history and provide you our offer based on its true value in the market.

Trade in Car Warranty

We also take into account if your car trade-in has a warranty or extended warranty that’s transferable or has undergone recent major maintenance that has added value to the trade – and all this will be done thoroughly and as quickly as possible so we’re sure we’ve reached the best and fairest offer possible for you.

Just like on our sales side, where none of our employees work on commission, our appraisal employees are salaried, as well.  That results in an easy going, relaxed experience when it comes to trading and buying your next Certified Pre Owned Vehicle.

If you’re not sure you’re ready to trade in just yet, but you’re curious about the current value of your used car, visit our website at www.auctiondirectusa.com and click on “Sell Your Vehicle” and the city where you live and you can get a base estimate of your vehicle’s value.

So if you’re tired of the intense negotiations you’ve had before at the traditional car dealership, give Auction Direct USA the chance to earn your business.  Whether you have a car trade in or not, ask about our Certified Pre Owned Vehicles.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy the buying experience that waiting for you at our showroom.