Have you ever wondered how trading in a car works? Really, it's a simple process for drivers near Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland. If you're eager to learn about the process and pick up a few tips to ensure you receive a great value on your trade-in model, read through this article from the devoted Richmond Ford Lincoln staff.

In addition to laying out how trade-ins work, we're also happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact our insightful staff to further understand the trade-in process!

Get an Understanding of Your Model's Trade-in Worth

First things first, you need to understand what the value of your vehicle is when you have decided to trade it in. You can do this easily by cross-refencing different prices across the internet.

Many different factors go into valuing a trade-in vehicle, including:

  • Year and make of model
  • Current condition
  • Curb appeal
  • Amount of miles

Once you've developed a reasonable grasp on its value, you can then begin to take the next steps in the trade-in process.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Trade-In

When you begin preparing your vehicle for a trade-in, you'll need to verify that it belongs to you, has been registered, and much more. You'll want to bring:

  • Vehicle title
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver's license
  • Keys

Also, it's highly beneficial to bring a vehicle history report. If you have the detailed report that has documented all of your car's maintenance and inspections over the years, the value of the model will increase!

Selecting an Offer & Closing the Deal

After accumulating the necessary documents, the search for the right deal begins.

At our Ford dealership, we work with you during the trade appraisal process. We do a full walk around with your vehicle with you while you give us its history and tell us about any changes you may have made during ownership. We then enter your vehicle's information into our online tool, so we're not missing anything.

Additionally, we have a devoted financial center that will work by your side to help you receive the best deal possible.

Tips to Improve Your Trade-In Value

There are a number of ways you can improve your trade-in value. For example, polishing the exterior, eliminating any dents or dings, and getting the vehicle washed will greatly improve the curb appeal.

Begin the Trade-In Process

You can begin the trade-in process when you're ready at Richmond Ford Lincoln. We have an insightful staff that is always eager to help our friends in the local communities of Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland get a great deal.

Contact us today to get one step closer to trading in your vehicle and landing a new Ford model!

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