Do you have a vehicle that you want to trade in before purchasing or leasing another? Great! You can have your set of wheels appraised at Genesis of Willow Grove near Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township, Pennsylvania.

Here, we'll teach you about how our dealership evaluates your trade-in, what the car appraiser looks for, how the appraiser comes to their final estimate, and ways you can boost your ride's trade-in value. Let's get started.

What Does the Car Appraiser Look For?

When it comes time to have your vehicle appraised, the appraiser will look at the vehicle's overall condition. They will check for any cosmetic damages, irregular wear and tear, powertrain, and drivetrain issues, and more. Let's take a deeper dive into what they look for below:

  • Exterior: They will check for any damages to the body, paint, windshield, and tires.
  • Under the Hood: They will check all fluids and check for any leaks.
  • Interior: They will look for any upholstery stains, any tears in the fabric, or any uncleanliness.
  • Technology: When inside the vehicle, they'll make sure the infotainment system and all other technology features in the cabin work correctly.
  • VIN: They may even scan your vehicle's VIN to pull up a vehicle history report and the vehicle's title history.

After a thorough inspection, the car appraiser will most likely take your vehicle for a test drive. During this time, they will be checking for any irregularities with the vehicle's handling and operation.

Does the Appraiser Check Current Market Value?

Absolutely! After our vehicle appraiser makes their assessment, they will either scan your VIN again to check out the market value or check the local used car market to see what your vehicle has been going for.

Making their assessment plus doing additional research will help you get the fairest trade-in value possible.

How Do I Improve My Vehicle's Trade-In Value?

Before your appraisal appointment, you'll want to make your vehicle look as good as possible before bringing it in. Ultimately, a clean and detailed vehicle will receive a higher value than a poorly maintained one. With that being said, here's what you can do to boost your trade-in's value:

Take In Your Trade-In for Maintenance

Did you miss your latest oil change? Does your vehicle need a new set of tires soon? Does your vehicle's powertrain need an overhaul? Before your appraisal, you'll want to visit our service center for any general maintenance or repairs.

Operation is a key element checked during the appraisal. Before you take your ride in to get evaluated, get it up to date with its maintenance schedule and make any necessary repairs.

Clean Your Trade-In

Cleanliness is also a big part of the vehicle's appraisal. You're going to want to run your vehicle through the car wash or have it professionally detailed, so it's spick-and-span. If you prefer to do this yourself, you can give it a good scrub at home and clean out the interior completely.

If your vehicle has incurred some cosmetic damage over the years, now would be the time to visit a qualified body shop to make any repairs.

If your vehicle has incurred some cosmetic damage over the years, now would be the time to visit a qualified body shop to make any repairs.

Ready To Trade In Your Vehicle?

Before you drive away in your purchased or leased Genesis, allow our team at Genesis of Willow Grove to appraise your vehicle! When you're ready to make your next move, schedule an appraisal at our dealership near Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township, PA.



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Genesis of Willow Grove

1645 Easton Road
Directions Willow Grove, PA 19090

  • Sales: 215-392-9020
  • Service: 215-392-9020
  • Parts: 215-392-9020


  • Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed