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Tips for Getting the Most Value for Your Trade

Not sure how to boost the value of your trade-in? At Nissan 24, we’re helping drivers from the Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton areas get the most out of their current vehicle by finding ways to increase its value before trading it in for a new one. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that there are many ways to increase the value of your trade-in.

Ensure Past Due Maintenance Is Completed

If you’ve been skipping or neglecting vehicle maintenance, now is a good time to get caught up. Although a tire rotation might not do much for the trade-in value, ensuring that parts like the cabin air filter and brakes are in good shape can help increase the overall value of the car.

Take the current mileage on your vehicle and find it on the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. See what service is due and any larger maintenance needs you may have missed at previous intervals. Then, schedule a service appointment. A service technician can help determine what service or maintenance is needed if you’re unsure.

During the maintenance process, it’s possible that your technician may find a part that needs to be repaired or replaced. Carefully consider the cost of the repair or replacement and how much estimated value it’ll add to your vehicle. If the repair costs $100, but the value of the vehicle only increased by $75, then it won’t help your trade-in value. Work with your technician to discover which repairs make sense when getting ready to trade in your vehicle.

In summary, always make sure that any repairs you receive on a vehicle you are going to trade in will increase its value more than the cost of the repairs themselves. Below is a list of repairs that don’t cost much, but can significantly affect the car’s value:

  • Broken headlights/taillights
  • Scratches or dents
  • Damaged tires
  • Broken windows

Pay for Detailing

When it comes to trading in your vehicle, a professional detailing of both the interior and exterior can significantly help boost its trade-in value. Not only that, but these services are usually relatively inexpensive.

Check your area for different car wash businesses and compare both their prices and services. You won’t need additional services like protective coatings on the paint, but a thorough interior and exterior detailing is important. Choose the company that has the most comprehensive wash package at the lowest price. Keep in mind that you don’t want to spend too much on having the vehicle cleaned, otherwise the cost could outweigh the increase in value.

Get Proof of Service

A well-maintained vehicle can be worth more than one that wasn’t taken care of, but it’s important that you’re able to prove you kept up with maintenance and repairs. To do that, reach out to the repair shops and technicians who worked on your vehicle and ask them for a history of service. You can then use that to show that your vehicle was well taken care of.

Talk to a Dealer for More Info

Now that you know more about how to increase the value of your trade-in vehicle, you’re ready to start shopping for a new car. Check out the extensive inventory of new and used vehicles at Nissan 24. If you see one you like, be sure to schedule a test drive to learn more.

Our team of automotive experts has been helping drivers like you from across the Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area find the vehicles they need at prices they love. Contact us today!