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How to Trade In a Car

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Ready for a new Ford model, but looking to save some money upfront? Consider trading in your current vehicle at Jordan Ford! Doing so saves you from the hassle of soliciting offers from private part sellers. Unsure how to trade in a car? Want to make sure you get the best offer on your trade-in? Value your trade and consult this guide from Jordan Ford, where we’ve helped drivers from Granger and beyond upgrade their ride!

Value Your Trade

Before anything else, South Bend-area drivers need to know how much their cars are worth. The good news is, Jordan Ford offers a handy tool to value your trade. All you have to do is provide a bit of information about your vehicle, such as the year, make, and model, along with personal contact information. From there, we will send you a full-fledged report detailing the estimated value, local market supply, and popularity of your car. Drivers who want to do additional research on the value of their vehicle can turn to available tools like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®.

Get an Appraisal

After you’ve determined the value of your car, it’s time for a vehicle appraisal. You can schedule an appointment at a CarMax location, and the inspection they complete will be valid for a week. Otherwise, schedule an appraisal at Jordan Ford, where our experts will examine the car’s condition. We also factor in our current used vehicle inventory and whether we believe we can sell the car. If you decide to consult us for a follow-up appointment, bring your CarMax appraisal along for us to reference, as well as any other trade-in offers.

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Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

Once appraisals are complete, you have two options: negotiate or accept the terms and close the deal. Your instinct will likely be to choose the highest offer, but consider the following trade-in tips beforehand:

  • Once CarMax provides a trade-in offer, there’s no wiggle room. You can’t negotiate the price higher, but there is typically room for negotiation at a dealership.
  • If the amount you owe on your car loan is more than what your vehicle is worth, you may wish to consolidate what you owe with the price of your new car. In this scenario, you will have better luck at a dealership. CarMax, on the other hand, will expect you to pay the difference.

Once you make a decision, it’s time to finalize the trade-in. Opt for cash, or put the car’s value toward buying a new car.

Turn to the Jordan Ford Finance Center with Trade-In Questions!

The Jordan Ford Finance Center is here to help drivers from the Osceola area get the best deal on their trade-in car. Get in touch if you have any questions or to schedule an appraisal!

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Jordan Ford
Jordan Ford
609 East Jefferson Blvd
Mishawaka, IN, 46545 United States
(574) 259-1981
Jordan Ford 41.6725228, -86.1734768.