Vehicle Trade-in Checklist


Many drivers choose to trade in their car when they purchase their next one. However, what goes into trading your car and what steps should you take to prepare for this process? Drivers across Augusta and North Augusta, GA, to Aiken, SC, can turn to Murphy Auto Group for help as they get ready to trade in their car with our vehicle trade-in checklist.


Trading In Car

How to Trade Your Car

If you’re planning to trade in your car, there are a few questions you need to answer ahead of time:

  • What car are you going to trade it in for?
  • What is your ideal payment plan?
  • How much is your car worth?

To start, take a look at our vehicle inventory and find your next set of wheels. We have a wide selection of models available for you to choose from, so you can pick a couple of options as you get ready for the next step.

Using our value your trade tool, you can find out your vehicle’s approximate market value. While this won’t be exactly how much your model is worth, it will help you to set a baseline for your expectations.

You can use this number to help you evaluate potential payment options with our digital payment calculator. Put the estimated value of your vehicle into the “Trade In Value” field and tinker with the interest rates, loan term, down payment, and vehicle prices to see what different finance plans could look like for you.


Cleaning Car Interior

Get Ready to Trade

With these numbers in mind, you’ll feel like you’re ready to visit a dealership and trade in your car. However, there are a few steps you can take in advance to make sure you’re ready for the job ahead.

By taking some extra time to clean your vehicle and sort out minor maintenance items, you can boost your car’s trade-in value. The easiest ways in which to boost your car’s trade-in value are to:

  • Wash the exterior
  • Buff out minor scratches and dents
  • Clean the interior
  • Treat stains in upholstery
  • Check your vehicle’s tire pressure
  • Ensure that there are no outstanding maintenance issues

Additionally, you should make sure you have all the documents you need for a smooth trade. The title is important to bring with you, but you can also bring along information outlining your model’s maintenance history to show that it is up to date on the recommended service schedule.


Trade In Value

Trade Your Car at a Dealership

When you visit our dealership to trade your car, one of our team members will meet you at the door. They’ll take the keys and get to work on appraising your vehicle while you test drive the one you plan to purchase next. When they evaluate your vehicle, they’ll typically take the following aspects into consideration:

  • Vehicle’s current condition
  • Vehicle’s market value
  • Vehicle’s history

One of our team members will make an offer on your model and can build this directly into your payment plan for your next purchase. If everything looks good to you, you can sign the rest of the paperwork, trade keys, and drive home in your next set of wheels!


Trade Your Car Today!

This vehicle trade-in checklist is a great place to start as you get ready to trade your car around Augusta and North Augusta, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina. So, if you’re ready to trade your car, contact Murphy Auto Group and talk to our team today!


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