Trade-In Checklist

Trade-In Checklist

If you’re poised to buy a new car and already own a car that you’d like to trade in, you may be wondering how to go about it. Our dealership welcomes trade ins from drivers in the Milford, Manchester, and Middletown, Connecticut areas. Key Cars would be happy to talk to you about a trade in, so here are some tips about trading in your car.

Checking Online

Check the Trade-In Value

Without a crystal ball, you may have no idea what your car may be worth for a trade in, so how do you find out beforehand? We provide you with a much more accurate tool on our website than a crystal ball—the Value Your Trade tool.

This convenient tool asks for key elements about your current car like year, make, model, mileage, vehicle identification number (VIN), and condition. You may upload photos of the exterior and the interior. Use the comments section to add what type of upgraded features your car carries, such as a moonroof or leather interior.

Find Out the Trade-in Value

After you submit the form with your personal information filled out, the tool supplies you with its estimated market value. Remember that this number could change depending on when you trade in your car. The total can be applied to a new loan or lease.

Cleaning Interior of Car

Prepare Your Car to Trade In

Give yourself some time to prepare your car for the trade-in day. Before you bring it by to our dealership, clean out your vehicle. This means removing any garbage, peeling off stickers, vacuuming, wiping down the interior, and washing the exterior. Remember to take out your personal items, like a lucky charm, old maps, and an extra pair of gloves you stashed in the glove compartment.

Also, if your car features any electronic devices such as a GPS or driver profiles, make sure you erase them to protect your privacy. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult your owners’ manual or talk to our service department for help.

Consider an Inspection or Tune-Up

A quick inspection at our service department could help you to spruce up the car and make it even more lucrative in the eyes of the dealership or a car buyer. In some instances, you may be able to replace items like a wiper blade yourself. Our service techs can help you make a few minor expert changes, too.

Meeting at Dealership

What to Bring on Trade-In Day

Now the time has come to trade in your vehicle. What should you bring along with the car? You should bring all sets of keys, car title, registration, and proof of insurance. Also, if you plan to purchase a car, make sure you have your driver’s license and social security card as well as your down payment.

Once we have all the car’s information, we can handle the transfer paperwork at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Then you’re good to go!

Trade In Your Current Car at Key Cars

When you’re ready to trade in your car, you just need to know a few steps to prepare it for the exchange. Shoppers near Milford, Manchester, and Middletown can contact for more information and to set up a trade. Contact us today to learn more!

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