How to Trade in a Car

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Getting into a new or pre-owned car for your Queens commutes doesn’t have to be a hassle. When you learn how to trade in your car with a dealership, you can avoid that hassle and time commitment that comes with trying to sell the vehicle on your own. If you’re ready to head out in a new vehicle from Bay Ridge Volkswagen, you can easily apply your trade-in value toward a car, truck, or SUV, or take home the cash value. Our finance team is here to help you learn how to trade in a car, and how to receive the best trade-in offers around Brooklyn.

Determining Your Trade-In Value

The first step for how to trade in your car is to get an estimate for how much your car is worth. Thankfully, finding your vehicle’s worth is simple with tools like our trade-in value estimator that takes your vehicle’s year, make, model, and other information about your vehicle’s condition to determine its value. Other online tools like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value® are useful if you want to do additional research into your model.

Stopping in for an Appraisal

After you’ve found the estimated value of your vehicle, stop into a Staten Island-area dealership like Bay Ridge Volkswagen to receive an appraisal. Our team will thoroughly examine your vehicle’s interior and exterior condition and take our current used inventory into consideration when determining whether we can sell your vehicle. If you’ve taken the time to research your model and get an estimated trade-in value, be sure to bring your information for reference.

Deciding to Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

Once you’ve found the estimated value of your vehicle and received an appraisal, the final step for how to trade in a car is deciding whether to accept or negotiate your trade-in offer. At this point in the process, you can see that trading in your car is relatively simple. Other benefits of trading with Bay Ridge Volkswagen include:

  • Unlike used-car retailers around Bronx, we’re happy to negotiate to find the right price for your vehicle. Based on the research you’ve done, you may find that the first offer isn’t necessarily the last offer.
  • A dealership can also help if you’re upside down on your loan. The dealership can help consolidate what you owe with the price of your new car.

From there, you can choose to accept the offer, finalize your trade for cash, or apply your trade-in value towards the new car you’ve got your eye on.

Explore Car Buying Options with Bay Ridge Volkswagen!

Now that you know how to trade in your car, contact us to schedule your appraisal or ask us any questions you have about the trade-in or car buying process. When you’re starting your vehicle search, don’t forget to take advantage of our new and used vehicle specials to find a great deal on the model you love.

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