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How to Trade In a Car

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Car values are at an all-time high right now due to the global chip shortage, so if you’ve been considering selling or trading your can near Keizer, now is the time. But first, learn about how to trade in your car. Then, fill out a pre-approval and contact Skyline Ford to schedule for an official inspection and appraisal in Salem!

Preparing for the Trade-in Appraisal

The first thing that Dallas drivers should do before they book an appointment at Skyline Ford for an official inspection is to estimate the value of their trade-in. You can do this by clicking on the “Value Your Trade” button near the top of this page. This tool will require you to fill out several fields, including the make, model, model year, trim, and condition of your model, as well as any accessories you’ve installed. Once you input that information, you’ll receive an aggregated estimate of the value of your trade-in. The next step of how to trade in your car is to gather a few additional estimates from third-party sites like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®.

Once you’ve built a convincing case for the value of your car, the final at-home step of how to trade in a car is to deep clean it. On a related note, you don’t need to worry about getting your vehicle up-to-date with maintenances, but if it’s cost-effective to take care of major repairs once you’ve estimated the value of your trade-in, do so. Then, call Skyline Ford at to have your vehicle officially appraised.

Get Your Trade-in Inspected and Appraised

Once you’ve received your estimates and touched up your vehicle, the next step of how to trade in a car is to call Skyline Ford at to have your vehicle officially appraised. Our used car sales manager can thoroughly inspect the vehicle to verify that it’s in reported condition. We’ll then factor in demand and make an offer. Do bring your trade-in estimates as leverage while negotiating.

Finalize the Deal

The final step of how to trade in your car involves coming to a mutual agreement with the dealership. Once they give you an offer, you can either accept it or reject it. After you’ve reached an agreement, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer to take the value of your vehicle in check-form or credit.

If you’re planning on trading in your car, you can often increase your value of the deal. This is because the larger amount of money you have to put down towards your next vehicle, the better position you’re in to negotiate for a lower interest rate on your loan. That said, if you want a check, we’ll give you the same figure!

Have Questions About How to Trade in a Car?

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Skyline Ford in Salem. We’re more than happy to help our Corvallis neighbors navigate the steps of how to trade in their cars. If you’re planning on trading in your vehicle, be sure to explore our inventory to start getting ideas about which car you might want next!

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