What Should You Know When Trading in a Car?

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Have all your kids flown the nest? Are you ready to hand over the keys to your reliable minivan, and slide into the driver’s seat of a luxurious Lexus sedan? Have you been wanting to trade in your current commuter for a spacious SUV that will offer plenty of room to help your son move into his first apartment?

No matter your wants and needs, you can easily trade in your vehicle at Lexus of White Plains near White Plains, Yonkers, and Scarsdale, New York. Before you pick out the Lexus that can accommodate this new phase of your life, continue reading about all the things you need to know when trading in a car.

How Do I Value My Lexus Trade-In?

Are you welcoming Abby, your new German Shepherd puppy, into the family? If you need a pet-friendly SUV to accommodate all of Abby’s trips to the dog park, you’ll be able to easily trade in your vehicle at our dealership!Car inspection checklist under hood of vehicle

You can even get started with our process at home by using our value your trade tool. You’ll start by entering the year, make, model, and trim of your ride. From there, you’ll have to input some more information about your car, including its:

  • Mileage
  • Condition
  • Features
  • Add-ons
  • And more!

Not only does this tool give you an idea of how much your vehicle is worth, but it’s simple to use. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of time to fill out the information before getting back to teaching Abby how to sit, lay down, and rollover!

What Can I Use My Trade-In Value for?

You can use your vehicle’s trade-in value in many ways! You can always trade in your car, receive the payment, and then move on! However, if you’re looking to continue working with us, here’s how else you can use it:

  • As A Down Payment: Now that your kids have flown the nest, you can use it towards the Lexus sedan you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Towards a Higher Trim: Have you always wanted a standard moonroof, audio system, or hybrid powertrain? You can use your trade-in value towards a higher trim Lexus that matches your desires.
  • Accessories & Customizations: You can use this value towards a fully customized performance Lexus that is perfect for your need for speed.
  • Towards Service: You need a reliable ride that can withstand the many trips to see your newborn granddaughter or your grand-puppy, Maximus. You can even save your trade-in value for any necessary service in the future.

How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Trade-In

To officially receive your trade-in value, your vehicle will need to be appraised at our dealership. Before the appraisal, you can do the following to boost your car’s trade-in value:

Clean the Exterior

Is that dent from a rogue baseball still on your car’s hood? Can you still see the paint scrape from when your teenager backed into the mailbox after just getting her license? Before the appraisal, it’s best to have any cosmetic damages repaired. You’ll also want to give it a good scrub and wax to let its luminosity shine.Person vacuuming out interior of vehicle

Tidy the Cabin

A clean cabin will show the appraiser how well-maintained your vehicle is. Therefore, you should clean any crumbs and belongings from the rear after your latest trunk picnic. Don’t forget to check under the seats, too—your grandbaby’s favorite pacifier may be under there!

Take It In for Maintenance

Your vehicle has acted as a memory vessel for years. To make sure the next driver can make new memories with this ride, stop in for some general maintenance to get it up to date.

Ready To Trade In Your Ride?

As you transition into this next phase of your life, you can trade in your current vehicle for a new Lexus that helps you roll with the punches. When you’re ready, start your trade-in journey at Lexus of White Plains near White Plains, Yonkers, and Scarsdale, NY.