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How to Trade In Your Car

How to Trade In Your Car


Trading in your older car continues to be a popular way to make room for a newer one. It can provide peace of mind to any Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, or Farmington Hills, Michigan, owner who chooses to do so.

At LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walled Lake, we can guide you through the process so that you can handle it like a pro.


Finding Out the Trade-In Value

Before you go through the trade-in process, we suggest you get an idea of how much your car may be worth. This saves you some time and can help you plan your next move toward another car. We provide a Value Your Trade tool online, which offers a quick and close estimate of what you could receive.

You’ll see that our appraisal tool is very simple to use and only requires a few elements. We work with Kelley Blue Book, a trusted authority within the auto industry.

This tool reveals what you could expect to get for your car on the open market. Use this estimate, with the online payment calculator, to figure out what your next vehicle will cost.

What Information Do I Need?

Only a few items will be needed to get an appraisal through the Value Your Trade tool. Input the year, the make, and the model of your car as well as the trim. If you do not know this information, look in your owner’s manual or go online.


Preparing Your Car for a Trade-In

To potentially boost the value of your car and get it ready for the trade-in, you’ll want to go through it and take care of some issues.

Start by grabbing any garbage and personal items that linger in your vehicle. Once you do that, you’ll want to clean the dashboards, the steering wheel, the windows, and the windshield.

Vacuum the vehicle’s floors as well as wiping up any sticky areas and spot-treating stains. Take your car for a ride to the local car wash—or grab some sponges and get to work!

Scroll through your car’s tech devices. Erase any personal information you may find, such as phone numbers or personal driver profiles. You’ll protect your privacy and that way, another driver can create their own lists and profiles. If you’re unsure as to how to get started, consult your owner’s manual or talk to a skilled service tech.


Auto Service

Should You Schedule Service?

Some cars may require minor repairs or replacements. You can complete these yourself, like replacing a bulb or a wiper blade. Otherwise, schedule a quick inspection at our service center. We can handle the small stuff, so you can concentrate on gathering the trade-in documentation.

Bring These Items to the Trade-In

Make sure you tuck the title, the registration, and proof of insurance into your handbag or a folder to take to our dealership. You’ll also need any sets of keys you have. Plus, you’ll want to have your driver’s license, your Social Security card, and a down payment, when necessary.


How to Trade In Your Car at a Dealer

Many car owners know that trading in your car at the dealer can be a smart choice for anyone throughout Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, or Farmington Hills, MI. If you have a car to trade in, we’re happy to help you through each step.

Schedule a consultation with a finance expert at LaFontaine CDJR of Walled Lake today.


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