Acura is constantly adding convenience and safety features to their vehicle lineup, and occasionally launching new models with industry-wide buzz. Whether you’re eye is drawn to the latest release like the Acura NSX supercar or you’ve been awestruck by innovations included in the most recent model year MDX, it may be time to change up your ride for the a new one. All you have to do is trade in your car.
If “trade in” is a swear word in your vocabulary, you’ve probably had a bad experience in the past. It doesn’t have to be unpleasant, and it’s often the easiest and most reliable way to get out of your current Acura and into a new one.
You can help yourself out in the process as well — you can get the best price for your trade in. Here are a few helpful tips to make it a little easier on you.
Eliminate obvious issues
There may be little things that stand out like a sore thumb. Your Check Engine light or ABS light might be on, or you might have worn-out tires or brakes that squeal. These things are all immediate warning signs to the person appraising your trade-in that there’s money that has to be spent reconditioning the car.
Get any small problems dealt with in the most cost-effective manner. If there are major issues, you may want to trade it in as is, taking the hit on the trade valuation, but small, inexpensive repairs can reap big rewards in the long run.
Detail your trade in
Give your vehicle a top-to-bottom scrub. Remove all the garbage and personal items that tend to collect in your Acura over time. Clean the carpets and upholstery and wipe down the vinyl. Remove any stains you can and deodorize your vehicle (but don’t overdo it with the air freshener).
When you give your vehicle a complete detailing, it gives the appraiser a good idea of what they should expect for reconditioning costs to get the car onto the used lot. It also shows you take good care of your vehicle, which in turn means they’ll have to fork out more cash to make the deal with you.
Prove your maintenance and repairs
Bring in your receipts to prove your maintenance history. It shows the sales manager that you’ve taken good care of your vehicle and helps put them at ease, knowing they won’t have huge repair bills certifying your trade in for resale. Again, just keeping your receipts from regular maintenance can drive up you trade in value a few hundred dollars or more.
When it’s time to trade in your vehicle on the newest Acura models, visit the team of product experts at Acura of Springfield. You’ll get friendly, personal service from the most knowledgeable sales professionals in the industry.