How to Trade in a Car

Tiny car behind coins

It can be a tricky, stressful, and time-consuming process to sell a car yourself, so you should really think about trading up to a new vehicle instead. It’s much simpler and usually more rewarding, so learning how to trade in a car is something every driver should do.

If you’re ready to get started, simply read on for our handy guide on how to trade in your car.


Step-by-Step: How to Trade in Your Car

All you really need to do when you trade in your car is follow these three steps:

  • Get estimates of your vehicle’s trade-in value.
  • Get an in-person appraisal
  • Negotiate and accept a final offer.

With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and broken down each step.

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Get Estimates of Your Vehicle’s Trade-In Value

Whether you’re a Omaha driver looking to trade-in an old sedan or a Lincoln driver wanting to upgrade to the latest crossover SUV, you should start by getting a few estimates by entering key vehicle information into these handy online tools:

  • Kelley Blue Book® Value
  • Edmunds True Market Value®
  • Our Value Your Trade Form

Get an In-Person Appraisal

You’ll next have to get an in-person appraisal. You may find the price quoted is lower than online tools estimated, but you can lessen the difference by being as truthful as possible.

It’s worth heading to a few Fremont dealerships to get multiple quotes instead of sticking with just one.


Negotiate and Accept a Final Offer

Now you’ve decided to move ahead and accept a final offer, you can negotiate for the price you feel is right. If you don’t think you’re being quoted fairly, here is where you can use the information you gathered from online tools and the quotes you got from other nearby dealerships as leverage.

Once you’ve accepted an offer, you’ll be able to put that money toward the purchase or loan of a new vehicle. Some dealerships will also let you walk out with cash in hand.


It’s Easy to Trade In Your Car at Sid Dillon

Have any further questions? One of our team members will be happy to answer them, so feel free to get in touch today or pay a visit to our Sid Dillon showroom.

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