How to Get the Most Money for Your Used Vehicle

December 23rd, 2020 by

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Trade In Your Car at Zeck Ford near Kansas City

When your cash down payment isn’t enough, consider trading in your current vehicle and applying its value to your money down, which can lower your monthly payment, interest rate, and loan terms! Trading in a used vehicle relieves stress because you don’t have to spend the time and energy trying to independently sell your vehicle.

To make the biggest impact in how much money you can get for your trade-in, read through our simple tips so you get a good return on your investment when you come to Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Maintain Your Vehicle During Your Ownership

Our first tip isn’t one you can do quickly before bringing in your vehicle for trade. To slow the depreciation of your vehicle and get more money when you trade it in, closely follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle and develop proof of your maintenance. If your vehicle received its auto maintenance at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, you should definitely trade in your vehicle here. That’s because we already know how well you’ve taken care of your car, truck, or SUV, and we are more likely to provide a more favorable valuation.

Get regular oil changes, tire rotations, brake replacements, air filters, and other tasks to extend its expected lifespan. Document all the maintenance and repairs your vehicle has received during your ownership.

Don’t Count on Your Cosmetic Upgrades to Get Your More for Your Trade

Customizing your vehicle helps you enjoy it more while you own it, including upgrading the stereo, tinting your windows, and maybe adding a protective coating to the paint. However, with the exception of elite off-roading vehicles designed to work hard, expensive bumpers, fender flares, lowering kits, and other parts won’t increase your trade-in value. On the contrary, it may negatively affect it.

However, if you’re looking to keep your vehicle for a long time, feel free to customize to your liking so you can enjoy it more thoroughly. Just don’t anticipate a bigger payout on trade-in day.

Bring in a Clean Trade

It isn’t necessary to spend lots of money on having your old vehicle detailed. But, if you bring it to us looking relatively clean and recently washed, you could get a little bit more money toward your down payment. Waxing can help improve the look of your paint job, too.

Clean your vehicle at home, using a wet-dry vac to sweep out the interior, including under the seats and in the trunk or cargo areas, and in any crevices in the console and cupholders of your vehicle, where sticky debris tends to accumulate.

Wipe down your dashboard, doors, and console with a cleaning solution made for car interiors, and use window cleaner on your windows. Pay extra attention to areas where gravel dust, tar, or street dirt has built up on the exterior of your car, like inside the wheel wells. Clean up your wheels, too!

If you drive an older vehicle, know that our appraiser won’t expect it to be in pristine condition. But, if you bring us a car that looks nice, we might just feel more comfortable giving you a little bit more money toward your trade-in in exchange for a one of the new vehicles or used vehicles at our Kansas City Ford dealership.

What to Expect from Your Trade-In

At Zeck Ford, we love “retail trades.” These are vehicles that are only a few years old with mileage under 100,000, and in good condition. If you have a car, truck, or SUV that fits this description, we’d love to do business with you! But even if your car doesn’t fit into this category, you still are in possession of a viable trade that you can put toward the purchase of a new Ford truck or SUV from Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Here’s how it works. When you bring in a car to trade, our appraiser will look over the vehicle and identify any areas of concern. Based on the value of the vehicle, mileage on the odometer, maintenance records, body condition, and more, our appraiser determines how much we can offer you for your vehicle trade.

Before you come in, you can get an idea of how much your vehicle might bring you at our dealership using our trade-in value calculator. Although this calculator is not a guarantee, it should give you a rough number of what you might expect so you can work on creating a budget for your new vehicle purchase.

Trade in Your Used Vehicle at Zeck Ford

Ready to upgrade to a newer vehicle? Need a truck or SUV that would better meet your needs than what you’re driving now? Visit Zeck Ford, just a short drive from Kansas City, Missouri, in Leavenworth, and see how our Zecksperience makes a difference in how you shop for a new vehicle.

You’ll experience no-haggle low prices; friendly, non-commissioned salespeople dedicated to helping you; and a vibe completely different from other traditional car dealerships. After you find a vehicle you love in our extensive inventory, we’ll help you drive away quickly.

Come see us at 4501 S. 4th Street in Leavenworth today.

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