Trading In Your Vehicle Soon? Try These Tips

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If it’s time for a vehicle upgrade and you aren’t sure what you want to do with your current ride, we have some tips for trading in your car. Trading in a used car is easy to do and it will save you money on your new vehicle. Even if you aren’t looking for a new vehicle but want to sell your vehicle to a dealer, these tips will still apply to you. Check out ways to ensure your trade goes well and your wallet feels heavier after.

Clean it

Of course, you don’t want to trade in your vehicle when it is dirty and still has your personal belongings in it. Make sure you take out all your things, as well as give it a good wash and even a fresh coat of wax.

Fix Small Issues

Check all your fluid levels and make any small fixes you may see, like a new interior light or a small dent. Of course, if there are bigger issues, the dealership will fix those before selling.

Gather Documents

Your vehicle’s title, service records, and all other paperwork are great to have on hand when you are ready to trade in your vehicle.

Grab Extras

If you have any extra keys or accessories that belong to the vehicle, make sure to leave those in your vehicle.


Inspecting your vehicle is easy, as it only takes a few minutes. Look for any dents and dings and note them. Or, if a little bit of elbow grease can freshen it up, feel free to fix them. Next, take your vehicle out for a drive or two and listen for any odd sounds. Note anything you hear or see so you can remember what your vehicle may need.

Determine the Value

You can determine the value of your ride after you find all the blemishes, which will prepare you for the approximate offer you will receive. There are many tools to use online to value your vehicle before you come to visit Garden State Honda or any other dealer in the area.

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Garden State Honda

At Garden State Honda in Clifton, New Jersey, we are ready to help you trade in your vehicle for a new one. Also, we will happily show you around our fantastic inventory while the trade-in value is being determined. Of course, you can test drive any vehicle you have in mind. We hope to see you soon!

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