How to Trade in a Car

Excited Couple Reviewing Trade in Offer with Salesman


Choosing to trade in your car at a dealership like ours can save you the hassles associated with selling the car yourself. You can also apply the trade-in value to the purchase price of the new or used vehicle you truly want. If you’re asking yourself, “How does trading in a car work,” read on to learn more about the process. Our finance team is here to guide you and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Value Your Trade-In Vehicle

Before you move forward, you’ll want to find out how much your car’s worth. Auffenberg Nissan has made this step of the process much easier with our value your trade tool, which will give you an estimate of your car’s value based on its make, model, year, condition, etc. You can also use other online tools, such as Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®, to get an estimate based on current market values.

Get Your Car Appraised

After you get an estimate on your car, you’ll want to get it appraised at Auffenberg Nissan. Keep in mind that an estimate isn’t the same as appraisal; we need to see your car in person before we can give you a final offer. We’ll decide if we can sell it in our current used car inventory. If you have any other trade-in estimates or offers that you’ve received for your car, be sure to bring them along for our reference.

Negotiate or Close the Deal

Finally, you can choose to negotiate or accept the offer we make to you, based on the inspection and appraisal. We make the process as hassle-free as possible — that’s one of the many benefits of trading in a car at a dealership. Other benefits include:

  • You’re free to negotiate at dealerships like Auffenberg Nissan. Some used car retailers have a no-haggle policy that prevents customers from haggling up on their trade-in offers.
  • If you’re upside down on your current auto loan, we may be able to help you consolidate what you owe with the price of your new car.
  • Once you have accepted the offer, you can finalize your trade for cash and walk away, or put the car’s value toward another vehicle.

Learn More About Car Trade-Ins at Auffenberg Nissan

Now that you know how to trade in your car, you’re ready to take the next step! Value your trade-in using our handy tool. When you’ve received your estimate, contact us online or call us at 618-624-2277 to schedule an appointment to come in and get your vehicle appraised by one of our experts.


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