As you contemplate purchasing a new car, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is what to do with your current vehicle. Often, the simplest approach is to offer your used car to the dealership as a trade-in, the value of which can be put toward your new vehicle purchase. 

How much your trade-in is worth depends on a number of factors, including the condition of the car. Here at I-5 Motors, we always provide fair appraisals and competitive offers. We’re eager to give your car all the credit it deserves. We also want to help you maximize its value, which is as simple as showing some basic know-how.

Here are three suggested steps for optimizing the trade-in value of your used car.

3 Ways to Get More for Your Vehicle Trade-In

Stay current with preventative maintenance

The best way to maximize your trade-in value is simply to keep your car in top condition, and that means being diligent about routine maintenance needs. Make sure you’re getting the oil changed at a regular interval. Also, tend to such matters as brake inspections and tire rotations. 

Hopefully, you’ve been adhering to a regular schedule of vehicle maintenance, but if not, there’s still time to play catch-up.

Take care of the body

Something else that helps you maximize your trade-in value is to maintain the body condition of your car. In the course of everyday vehicle ownership, you may wind up with a few dings, dents, or other imperfections on your vehicle. Having them buffed out can go a long way toward improving your car’s “curb appeal,” and also enhancing its monetary worth.

Clean it up

First impressions carry a lot of weight, and if the first thing people notice about your car is that it’s dingy or dirty, it can actually decrease the vehicle’s worth. Before you come visit our dealership to value your trade, make sure you give your car a good washing and a thorough interior cleaning.

Get an Honest Appraisal at I-5 Motors 

Whether you’re looking to have your used car appraised or you’re ready to see some used cars for sale in Seattle, Washington, we encourage you to come see us at I-5 Motors soon.