How to Trade-In a Car

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Many Detroit and Taylor drivers are discovering the benefits of trading in their vehicle, which can obviously save you money on your new vehicle! Now you may be wondering how to trade-in a car, but thankfully LaFontaine Kia has all the information you need. Learn more about the process and how you can get the best deal possible on your trade-in at LaFontaine Kia!

Get Your Trade-In Car’s Value

One of the first things you need to do before you start fielding offers from dealerships is to know the value of your car. Take advantage of our trade-in value tool, where you just need to submit your car’s year, make, and model, along with your name, email, and phone number. Once you have entered this information, you’ll receive a report that details the local market supply, popularity, and estimated value of your car. You can even double check trade-in values with reputable sources such as the Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®. Keep in mind that the dealership may take into consideration the condition of your vehicle, and whether or not you have had any major work done recently.

Get an Appraisal

The next thing you need to do is have your vehicle appraised by setting up an appointment at CarMax and/or with LaFontaine Kia. To make things easy, you can find 25 CarMax locations throughout California, and you can find a CarMax in both Irvine and Costa Mesa where CarMax will complete a detailed car inspection that’s valid for a week’s time. For the appraisal process at LaFontaine Kia, we’ll examine the car’s condition and use your CarMax appraisal (as well as other trade-in offers) for our reference to come up with an offer.

Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

After you’ve gotten an appraisal from CarMax and the dealership, it’s time to make a decision. But before you do, take these trade-in tips into consideration to help you negotiate the best terms possible:

  • You can’t negotiate with CarMax. Once they give you a trade-in amount, it can’t be increased. There’s usually some room to negotiate at a dealership.
  • If you’re upside down on your auto loans and wish to consolidate what you owe with the price of your new car, you’ll have better luck at a dealership. CarMax will expect the difference between what’s owed on your car loan and the car’s worth.
  • Once you make a decision at the dealership, you can finalize your trade-in for cash, or put the car’s value toward buying a new car.
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Learn More About Car Trade-Ins at LaFontaine Kia!

If you’re reading to learn more about trading in your car or want to know how car financing works, our dedicated finance department is here to help you get started on the process. Browse our inventory of new and pre-owned Kia models for sale to find your favorite. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our showroom and test drive!

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LaFontaine Kia
LaFontaine Kia
2027 S Telegraph Rd
Dearborn, MI, 48124 US
(313) 561-6600
LaFontaine Kia 42.2964843, -83.2707541.