Car Trade-in Checklist

Car Trade-in Checklist


The team at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) would love to sweeten your deal with our trade-in offer. We’re here every step of the way, so your offer can go toward your next purchase and you can drive off feeling confident about your purchase.

We’ve created a checklist to get customers near the Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen, New York, areas familiar with our trade-in process. Keep reading to learn about the details of your trade-in journey.


  1. Calculate Your Vehicle’s Trade-in Value

Before considering a trade-in, you’ll want to get an idea of your vehicle’s cash value. Luckily, there are free online tools that use your vehicle information to come up with a value offer.

Our website uses Kelley Blue Book® to estimate the price for your car, truck, or SUV. The value of the vehicle can increase or decrease based on conditions like:

  • Make, model, and year of the vehicle
  • Accident history reports
  • Mileage
  • Exterior/interior damage

The current car market and your model’s popularity are also factors that are considered. If you’ve added any customizations to the car’s body or installed any advanced systems (like subwoofers or bass enhancers), these are calculated in the offer as well.

  1. Fix Any Maintenance Issues

Now that you’ve got your offer, it’s time to visit your local maintenance shop to give your car a little tune-up. Remember: The better condition your car is in, the more value it has. It might be worth fixing wear-and-tear problems if it means you’ll receive a higher offer.

This could mean getting your car up to date with routine maintenance, like an oil change, checking tire pressure, repairing or replacing brakes, and so on. You could also choose to correct any superficial issues like stains, scrapes, dings, or dents to make your trade-in even more appealing to dealerships.

By getting your car in its best possible state, you’ll receive the best possible deal for your trade-in!

  1. It’s All About the Detailing

Now that your car is in its prime, it’s time to restore its interior. Here are a few simple ways to do this:

  • Get rid of any personal trash, napkins, car accessories, etc.
  • Vacuum the entire interior, including the trunk and underneath/in between seats.
  • Wipe down any leather-trimmed seats and display screens.
  • Air out the interior to remove any unpleasant odors.

If you want the outside to match its inside, take your vehicle through a car wash to really get that “fresh-from-the-lot" look. Once that’s done, you’re ready to head over to your dealership to drop off your trade.


  1. Schedule a Trade-in Today!  

Schedule an appointment to drop off your current or spare vehicle at Friendly DCJR. In return, you’ll receive an accurate offer that can go toward your next vehicle. Drivers near Penn Yan, Geneva, and Watkins Glen, NY, should take advantage of our trade-in program for their next vehicle purchase.

Get trading with us today by visiting our website or giving us a call at our showroom.


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