Are you ready to make an auto trade in Gurnee
? If the car you currently drive is in good shape, chances are it still has quite a bit of value to it. To make sure you get the best possible deal and make the most of your trade-in, don’t forget our trade-in tips:
- Appraise your vehicle’s trade-in value.
Obviously, the first step in any process should be research. Before you visit your favorite Gurnee GMC dealer
to shop for a deal, take the time to find out what your car is worth from independent sources. You can check Edmunds’ car appraisal tool to find out your vehicle’s True Market Value (TMV), print out the results page and bring it with you to the dealer lot. It’s important to take note of your car’s options and be honest about its condition level so you’re sure that the value is properly calculated.
- Get an estimate or a dealership quote.
Buick dealers in Gurnee are always happy to help when it comes to vehicle appraisal. Give the used-car manager at your favorite local dealership a call to schedule an appointment for an appraisal
rather than getting stuck waiting for hours as a walk-in client. We’d also advise getting more than one quote just to be on the safe side. Visit CarMax for a second appraisal and use both appraisals as leverage to get the best deal possible.
- Prep your vehicle–but not too much.
Make sure both the interior and exterior of your vehicle are squeaky clean when you pull up to the dealership to start working towards your trade-in deal. It’s important to make a good impression and, let’s face it, a cleaner car is a car that appears to be well taken care of. But don’t make the mistake of spending extra money on repairs–a dealer can fix dents and put on new tires for substantially less money than you can and making those fixes yourself rarely does anything to add value to the trade-in.
- Don’t forget to negotiate!
Always remember: You don’t have to take the first offer you get. Use Edmunds’ TMV as a guide and see if dealers will meet or beat Edmunds’ suggested trade-in value price. Don’t forget to strategize using other factors like timing–many dealerships will be more willing to give you an attractive offer at the end of the month when they may be looking to beef up their used-car inventory.
If you still have questions about GMC trade-ins in Gurnee
or are looking to trade-in your Buick in Gurnee today, visit our friendly staff at Anthony Buick GMC
. We’re happy to work with you throughout the process to ensure the best deal possible for you and your family.