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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Get the Best Value for a Trade-In When You Shop at your RT 22 Toyota Dealership

One of the scariest parts of buying a new or pre-owned car is trying to get the most money you can for your trade-in. The fear stems from the unknown. You're on the dealer's turf, and you might think that you're at their mercy, and they are just looking to deduct the value of the car, so that you have to pay more. In some instances, you might be right, but when you come up to Rt.22 for a Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge, you don't have to worry. Our salesmen want to give you the most they can for your trade-in. However, if you're concerned about ways you can guarantee a fair return, here are some things to keep in mind:

Give your car an uplift: Sometimes, appearance is everything, and a car that is detailed and cleaned could raise the offer price significantly. A car that looks maintained gives the dealer the reassurance that the car was well taken care of and won't be as likely to break down or require any hidden repairs. And it's rather cheap as well. You can easily get professional detailing service for as little as a hundred dollars.

Know your car's value: The first step of getting an idea of how much your car would be worth is to check out the blue book value. Kelley and other online price quote services will calculate the car's value with respect to condition, mileage, features and maintenance history. Another good idea is to look at Craigslist or the classifieds in your area to see what prices owners are asking for similar cars to your own. By knowing these numbers, you'll be better able to negotiate.

 • Don't worry about repairs: A dealership can often get repairs made on a car much cheaper than you can as a consumer. Although you might get more value for your trade-in if you do make these repairs, it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to offset the costs that it took to repair the car. It's better to be upfront with needed repairs and go from there.

These are just some ways you can make the most money on your trade-in. Another important thing not mentioned above is that you need to do your research on dealerships. When you come to the Autoland in Springfield, NJ, you'll find friendly staff people who will provide a fair price on your trade-in. See you there soon!



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