How To Increase Your Used Car’s Trade-In Value

Get Your Car's Worth

Admit it, you’ve had your eye on that new 2017 Ford Mustang for sale near San Antonio, TX at our Northside Ford new car dealership in San Antonio for some time now. But you want to make sure you get top dollar for your trade-in.

There are some factors that used car dealerships near San Antonio take into consideration to determine a car’s trade-in value. These characteristics include the year, make and model, mileage, and desirability. Generally, a newer car with fewer miles will fetch more money. Popular makes and models that hold their resale value are, for the most part, more desirable.

While you cannot control some of these variables, there are some specific things you can do to increase the value of your trade.

Improve Your Trade In Value With Auto Repair

  1. Resolve Any Mechanical Issues

If your car requires some work, you’ll need to weigh the cost of making the repairs against how much they will increase the car’s value. If the repairs are pretty minor, you may come out ahead in the long run by fixing them beforehand. However, if your car needs extensive mechanical work it may not make sense to sink a lot of dough into the vehicle before selling it or trading it in. Just be aware that the dealership will have to spend money to recondition the vehicle. And that’s less money in your pocket.

  1. Take Care Of Cosmetic Defects

Inspect your car’s exterior. If you find some scratches and noticeable dings, you may want to invest in Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), which is a less expensive alternative to taking your car to a body shop. PDR uses a unique process to remove surface imperfections without damaging the paint job. If your headlight lenses are cloudy, it’s worth paying to have them restored to their original luster. A new set of wheel covers and new floor mats can also inexpensively dress up your car’s appearance.

Keeping up with car care improves your car's trade in value

  1. Get Your Car Detailed

Having your used car professionally detailed inside and out before trading it in is a wise investment. Be sure to deodorize your car’s interior. Also, have the engine compartment degreased and steam cleaned. Remember that the dealership will be looking at how much they need to do to get your car ready to sell. A clean car also shows that you’ve made the effort to take care of it. And don’t forget to clean out the trunk.

  1. Make Sure Everything Works

Check to see if the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights work correctly. If the wiper blades are looking shoddy, replace them. Fill the tires to the correct air pressure. Check the brake and power steering fluid reservoirs. If they are low, add fluid from a clean and unopened container. Likewise, check to see if you need to add any coolant. Always check and replace coolant when the engine is cold and not running. If the battery has a lot of corrosion, you can use a wire brush to scrape it off.

an oil change will keep your car running smoothly.

  1. Gather Service Records

Make sure that your car’s service and repair records are complete and up-to-date. This will assist the dealership in selling your car to another buyer. An excellent history of service records also demonstrates that you’ve taken good care of your vehicle.

  1. Know How Much Your Car Is Worth

If you walk into a dealership thinking that your car is worth “X” when, in reality, it’s only worth “Y,” you’re bound to be disappointed. Do your homework by researching your car’s estimated resale value online on websites such as and You can also use our handy Northside Ford Trade Appraisal Plus trade-in calculator. Not only will get an instant estimated trade-in value, but you may also get up to a $500 bonus just by using this easy online calculator.  Just remember to be realistic about your vehicle’s actual condition.

  1. Take Your Trade-In To Northside Ford

The best way to get top dollar for your trade-in is to take your used car to Northside Ford. As San Antonio’s Ford President’s Club and 2016 5-Star Dealer Award Winner, we’ll work hard to get you the highest trade-in allowance on your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase. Your total satisfaction is our number-one goal. That’s why you’ll save more on new 2016 Fords for sale near San Antonio with special Ford factory discounts on select models.

Stop by our San Antonio Ford dealership, conveniently located at 12300 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216 for Texas-sized savings on a new Ford. Or call us today at 844-281-5493.




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