How to boost your vehicle’s trade-in value

By: Auto Gallery of Winnipeg   |   20 Apr 2018

One of the best ways to save money on your next vehicle purchase is to trade in your current ride; however, in order to get the best possible return for it there are a few important details you need to consider. Do yourself a favour and keep the following tips in mind, because they could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on trade-in day.

Deal with rust

Nothing will undermine the value of your vehicle quite like rust; in fact, even signs that rust could potentially be starting (such as cracks, blisters, bulges, and bubbling) can reduce your vehicle’s value dramatically. For best results, go over every inch of your vehicle – particularly the wheel wells, bumper, and the underside of the vehicle – and if you notice any worrying signs have a qualified professional take a closer look and deal with any problems they find. 

Upgrade core components

Unless your vehicle’s core components are in good condition its trade-in value will suffer, so to avoid being disappointed on trade-in day have a qualified mechanic perform a thorough inspection and recommend any necessary upgrades. Whether you need new tires, brakes, windscreen wipers, or a replacement battery, consider it well worth the investment; after all, you will likely recoup any money you spend by way of a higher trade-in value.

Invest in detailing

To get the maximum trade-in value for your vehicle it needs to be looking its absolute best and nothing will help more than professional detailing. While there is always a wide selection of detailing packages to choose from, it typically involves cleaning every inch of your vehicle, inside and out, using a range of specialised tools and products. Some detailing packages will even include cosmetic touch-ups, such as dealing with minor scrapes and scratches.

Fix obvious damage

You don’t want the first thing anyone notices about your vehicle to be clear signs of damage; therefore, if your ride has chips, cracks, dents, dings, or other obvious issues, have them repaired prior to trade-in day. It may not always be cheap having those fixes made, but it will boost your vehicle’s looks and value dramatically.

Prove it with paperwork

When dealing with any used vehicle, clear and comprehensive records are a must, because this is the only way to prove how regularly your ride has been serviced, what repairs have been done, and when. If you have misplaced any of those vital records, don’t panic, simply contact your mechanic, as they will more than likely have their own record of any work that has been done, even if it was several years ago.

If you are looking to trade in your current vehicle and upgrade to something better this year, head straight to Auto Gallery Winnipeg, because you won’t get a better deal anywhere else and our range of quality used vehicles is second to none. Just give us a call, get in touch online, or drop by and test drive something special today here at 3777 Portage Ave Winnipeg. 

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