It's finally time to get the new car you want to drive in and around Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township! First, though, what should you do with your current car? Trading in your car is one option that can help you earn credit that you can use directly towards the purchase of your new car.

There are also ways to make sure you get the best value for your car when trading it in. Our Genesis of Willow Grove team explains some tips below on how you can boost your car's trade-in value!


Get Any Necessary Maintenance Done

The first thing you will want to take care of before you trade in your car is all the routine maintenance it is due for. If it is time for an oil change, the battery needs a replacement, or the tires are due for a rotation, then you'll want to have these all completed before going through the trade-in process.

Luckily, you can get this all done at our service center. Our trained technicians will be able to quickly get any routine services your car is due for completed. They will also make sure the right parts and fluids are being added to your car. Even have them inspect other parts and systems within your vehicle to ensure everything is in top shape so you can get the most out of your trade-in!


Fix Any Damages to the Body

Beyond the routine service you'll want to get done, you will also want to make sure the exterior of your vehicle is looking its best. If there are any dents, dings, or scratches on the body of your car, these can devalue your car when trading it in.

Since these are simple and quick fixes, it is best to get them all repaired before you go ahead and trade in your car. That way, you boost its trade-in value and can earn even more towards the purchase of your next car. You can also have any of these dents and scratches fixed by our experts here at our service center.


Keep Your Car Clean and Tidy

You'll also want to make sure the inside is looking just as good as the exterior. A thorough cleaning of the interior of your car can go a long way in boosting its trade-in value. You can easily do this yourself or bring it to the professionals to have the entire interior cleaned up for you.

If you choose to do it yourself, make sure to vacuum each area, remove stains from the upholstery, and properly clean the dash and windows. Once your car is then looking its best, you will be ready to trade it in and get started on finding your new ride!


Find Out Your Car's Value

While your dealer will appraise your car's value in person, you can get your estimate before heading to your trade-in appointment. Getting an estimate beforehand will allow you to determine if the dealer's offer is fair.

Several available online resources can help you figure out your car's value. Websites like CARFAX®, Edmunds, and Kelley Blue Book offer free valuation tools. These tools examine factors like:

  • Condition
  • Mileage
  • Special features
  • Year, make, and model
  • Accident history

By looking at all these factors holistically, these calculators can give you a reasonable estimate of what you can expect to trade in your car for.

Browsing through listings of used vehicles like yours will also give you an idea of the kind of offer you can expect for your trade-in. By referencing these resources while meeting with your dealer, you may be able to negotiate a better offer.

While not required, researching the value of your car before trading it in will help you better understand your car in the current market and be better equipped to negotiate its value.


Gather Service and Maintenance Documents

A well-maintained vehicle will be viewed more positively than one that has not been kept up to date with regular services like oil changes, tire alignments, filter replacements, and vehicle inspections.

Showing your dealer that you have maintained your vehicle at regular intervals (as outlined by your manufacturer) will inform them of the car's overall condition.

For instance, a Genesis with 50,000 miles that received the necessary services at various mileage intervals will indicate to your appraiser that it's in a better overall condition than one that has 20,000 miles but has yet to receive an oil change.

Plus, if your car has been in any accidents or collisions, you can provide documentation of the work it received as well as show the quality of the parts that you bought.

However, if your repairs were performed at our service center, we'll have the documentation on hand. We'll also know that you received quality repairs and that original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts were used.


Factors That Dealer's Consider During a Trade-In

A car's year, make, and model are key factors that dealerships consider when making a trade. However, numerous other details are also considered, including:

  • Condition
  • Mileage
  • Demand and desirability
  • Color
  • Vehicle history

A car's condition greatly affects its worth as vehicles with dents, scratches, and stains are worth less than those with parts that are in great condition as dealers have to factor in the cost of repair. Likewise, high mileage cars are typically valued lower than those with fewer miles on the odometer due to the wear that comes with use.

When it comes to demand, it all boils down to current trends and driver preferences. However, different areas of the country, even different areas within the same state, can have different preferences between car demands.

For example, in metropolitan areas, there will likely be greater demand for sedans and luxury vehicles while rural areas might have a greater need for off-road-capable trucks and SUVs.


Get Your Car Prepared for a Trade-In Now!

By completing all these tasks, you will feel confident knowing you will get the best possible deal for your car when you come by to trade it in!

Drivers in Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township can bring their vehicle by our service center to have our technicians help make sure their car is in great condition before meeting with our finance team to complete their trade-in. Contact us now to learn more about how you can trade in your car here at Genesis of Willow Grove!

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Genesis of Willow Grove

1645 Easton Road
Directions Willow Grove, PA 19090

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