How to Get Your Car Ready to Trade In

Trading in your car is a simple way to get money for your old car and move on to a new one. The dealership will evaluate your car and offer you a trade-in price. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready to trade it in.


Get an Idea of How Much Your Car Is Worth

Use online estimating tools, like, to determine about how much your car might be worth.

Clean It Up

A car that is covered in dirt and filled with junk doesn't look appealing to anyone. Spend some time cleaning it up and making it look presentable. Wash the exterior, vacuum inside, and clean out any trash.

Repair Small Problems

If you have any minor problems with your car that you have learned to live with, consider repairing them before bringing your car to the dealership. You might be able to increase the value of your trade more than it will cost you to repair the problem.

Clean Up Curb Rash

If you take a turn a little too tight, your wheel may end up scraping the curb. This sign of wear is called "curb rash." Spend some time cleaning up your wheels.

Check Your Tires

If your tires are at the absolute end of their life-meaning no tread left-you might want to consider getting a new, inexpensive set.

Gather Your Documents

Make sure your have any ownership documents you will need to trade in your car. This includes the car's title, but other items like your registration and service records could be helpful, too.

Do an Inspection

Take a walk around your car and look at it from a buyer's point of view. If you see any dents or scratches that you can easily take care, perform those maintenance tasks.


For more information about trading in your vehicle, contact us at Jimmy Michel Motors.


Jimmy Michel Motors Inc.

555 South Elliott Avenue
Directions Aurora, MO 65605

  • Sales: (417) 815-3268
  • Service: (417) 815-0609
  • Parts: (417) 815-3235

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