Buyers looking to trade in an old vehicle for something new are always a little wary they aren’t getting the money their car is worth. Dann’s Discount Auto Sales has Visalia, CA car dealers you can trust, especially when it comes to trade-ins! To make sure you’re getting the most value out of your current vehicle, follow these three tips.

Do some research. One of the biggest mistakes people make when trading in a car is not knowing what it’s actually worth. First, look up the trade-in value on several different online websites, like Kelley Blue Book, to get a rough estimate of how much a vehicle like yours could sell for. Then, pretend that you’re a buyer looking to get a vehicle like yours. Websites like Craigslist will give you a good idea of local prices, which can vary. To know if you’re getting a good deal, you first need to know how much your car is worth.

Fix small issues. Simple things, like having a recent oil change and not having bald tires, can go a long way in terms of your car’s trade-in value. Not only do these issues cost money for dealers to fix, it costs valuable time that could be spent elsewhere. Check all lights, inside and outside, and replace any that aren’t working. Check all your fluid levels – brake fluid, coolant, etc. – to see if anything needs to be filled or topped-0ff.

Have all important documents. Gather anything that might be of interest to a dealer, including any other paperwork they may ask for. The trade-in value of a car can easily be boosted with the inclusion records like regular maintenance paperwork. Most dealers will typically require the title for your to trade-in as well.

Preparing yourself – and your car – can go a long way in making sure you get the most out of your resale. If you’re looking to trade in your vehicle, stop on down to Dann’s Discount Auto Sales to see what your car is worth today.