Thinking of trading in your current vehicle for a newer model or for an entirely brand new car, truck or SUV. Your current vehicle might be able to pay for a major portion of it depending on the value of it. Make sure to get the most value for your trade in. 
Here are the top 7 steps to get the most for your trade in.

1) Respect Your Ride
A clean vehicle allows for a better first impression and will increase the value of your trade in. You don't have to clean your vehicle every day just periodically. Having your vehicle cleaned by a detail shop and use a coat of wax to protect your vehicle's paint surface from rain, hail, snow and other natural elements. The better condition your vehicle is in, the more valuable it is.

2) Service Records
Keeping your car maintained is very important when trying to get the most for your car, truck or suv. Keeping a copy of every service receipt will prove the vehicle was maintained properly.

3) VIN History
Know everything about your vehicle before selling it. Has the car been in any accidents? Was it registered out of the province or out of Canada?  The VIN history usually discloses the full history of a vehicle from the day it lands on a dealers lot to current ownership and included changes of ownership, accidents, servicing and more. 

4) Warranty
Used vehicles with warranty are more valuable. Find out if your vehicle has any factory warranty left and make sure you inform how much is left to your buyer. this will increase the value of your vehicle. 

5) Mileage
The lower the mileage the more valuable the vehicle. It is that simple. The average Canadian driver drives between 20,000-24,000 kms per year. Find out how much mileage you have put into your vehicle per year. This will give you a better idea of what your vehicle is worth.    

6) Spend Wisely on Extras
What you might think may look cool on your vehicle may not add value to your vehicle. Expensive stereo systems, spoilers, custom logos, graphic paint jobs are just some of the many things drivers do to their vehicles that don't add any value to their vehicle. The quality of any modification to a vehicle is extremely important when it comes to the overall value. If you have an amateur paint job done then the value of the vehicle will not increase.

7) Do Your Homework 
Search the online market for comparable vehicles to your trade in.  No two vehicles are exactly the same after it has been driven. Research what others are selling the same model for and compare your mileage, condition and VIN history to their vehicle.  

Follow these 7 steps and get the most for you vehicle. Metro Chrysler is happy to give you a free estimate on how much your vehicle is worth. Click here to fill out the form and receive a free estimate in 5 minutes.