How to Trade In a Car in Sacramento

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Planning to trade in your current vehicle to make your next purchase more affordable? Whether you’re looking at a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or a certified pre-owned option, trading in your car at the dealership can go a long way to lower the total cost of your new ride! You can apply your trade-in’s value as a down payment, effectively lowering your monthly payment amount and total interest paid moving forward. If this will be your first time trading in a car in the Roseville area, Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has instructions for how to trade in a car below. 

Step #1: Determine How Much Your Trade-In is Worth 

The first step for how to trade in your car is to determine how much it’s worth. You can use trusted resources like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value® to get a quick estimate, or utilize the value your trade tool from Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Many Folsom drivers will value their trade-in vehicle using all three resources, so they can compare the estimates and determine an accurate range to expect when they get their car appraised. 

Step #2: Get an Appraisal

After estimating the value of your trade-in car, it’s time to head out from Elk Grove, so it can be appraised at the dealership! While at our Sacramento car dealership, our team will inspect your vehicle’s overall condition and performance. We will also weigh it against our current pre-owned inventory to determine if it would sell at our dealership and for how much. If you have gotten a trade-in estimate from several resources or from other dealerships in the area, we recommend bringing that information with you so we can reference it when creating our own offer. 

Step #3: Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

After your car has been appraised, we will give you our official offer for it. You can either accept, negotiate, or decline the offer. If you choose to accept the offer, the deal can be closed on all in the same visit! The minimal time commitment of trading in a vehicle is just one advantage that trading in has over private sales; other benefits include: 

  • There is often more room to negotiate at a dealership, especially if you’ve done extensive trade-in value research or obtained offers from several other establishments. 
  • If you’ve been struggling with car payments and are upside down on your loan, you can trade in the financed car and consolidate what’s left to be paid off into a new financing plan for a more affordable vehicle. 

Discuss Your Trade-In Options With Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Is now the right time to sell or trade in your car? You might be surprised by how much your vehicle is really worth! Contact us or stop by Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to get an appraisal today and discover how your current car can get you into an upgraded ride sooner than you may have anticipated. If you have additional questions related to how to trade in your car or prep your used car for sale, we encourage you to review our other helpful car-buying tips.

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