How to Trade In a Car

Ford vehicles 

Looking to upgrade to a new Ford model? Then you might want to consider trading in your current vehicle to offset the cost of your new purchase. Doing so ensures that you get a fair market offer on your car without having to take on the legwork of selling it yourself. So if you're now wondering how to trade in a car, then you've come to the right place. Consider these trade-in tips from Basil Ford to improve your chances of getting the best possible trade-in offer in the Buffalo area.

Determine Your Car's Value

First and foremost, you need to understand your car's value so that you can select the best available offer. Basil Ford makes this process quick and easy for Cheektowaga drivers! All you have to do is submit your vehicle's make, model, year, and your personal information to value your trade online with our handy tool. From there, you'll receive a report that gives you a sense of the local market supply, popularity, and estimated value of your car. You can also use available tools like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value® to compare estimates.

Schedule an Appraisal

With the knowledge of your car's estimated value, you can schedule an appraisal to get a more exact figure. Bring your car to Basil Ford, where we'll closely inspect your car's condition, all the while keeping our used inventory in mind to determine whether we can sell the car. Your trade-in value estimate will also assist us in providing you with the best deal we can.

man buying a car

Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer 

When appraisals are finished, you will receive a trade-in offer. Based on the figure provided, you can choose to negotiate or simply accept the offer. Keep the following trade-in tips in mind as you navigate this part of the process:

  • Many used car retailers do not allow you to negotiate, but you certainly can do so at a dealership like Basil Ford near Lancaster. An offer from a dealership isn't necessarily set in stone, so you can try to haggle up based on your research. 
  • Dealerships allow you to consolidate what you owe on an upside-down auto loan with the price of your new car. Connect with our Finance Center for more information on this.

Once you've made up your mind and settled on a price, you can take the trade-in for cash or apply the car's value toward the purchase of a new vehicle.

Get More Trade-In Information at Basil Ford!

Get in touch with Basil Ford with any additional questions that you have about the trade-in process! We are happy to walk you through the steps to value your trade and offer even more car buying tips on how to get a car lease with bad credits, and so much more to help get you behind the wheel of a new car to drive around Amherst!