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4 Easy Ways To Increase Your Car’s Resale Value

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Spring is wonderful time to get a great deal on a newer Pre-Owned Car, Truck, Van or SUV in Grand Rapids or in Hastings.  But how good a deal you’re actually getting can depend largely on making sure you’re getting top dollar for your current vehicle.  Because if you aren’t getting the best trade in value possible for your current vehicle, the hard truth is you’re leaving money on the bargaining table.  While a lot of people focus entirely on the sticker price of the vehicle they’re looking to buy, whether new or used, they often underestimate the hidden money sitting right in the very car they drove to buy it.  Before beginning your next negotiation on the purchase price of a new or used car, truck, SUV or minivan you’ll want to take a look at these 4 Easy Ways To Increase Your Car’s Resale Value.


Clean It Up

It sounds like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t take the time to spiff up their current car before setting off to find a new one.  You can pay to have your vehicle professionally detailed by a shop but if saving money is the primary goal, you can do a decent enough job yourself.  Start with the basics… decluttering any items you have lying around in your vehicle unnecessarily and throwing away any trash you find.  Then focus your attention on giving a good wipe down to the dashboard, console, door jams, windows, mirrors and vacuuming out the interior.  If you find your floor mats and upholstery are stained or dingy, try giving them a light scrub with soapy water and then removing the moisture using a wet/dry vac to prevent molding or a musty smell from developing.  Last but not least, give the exterior a good wash and your vehicle should be sparkling!  Not only will this make it look better but it will also show a dealership your car is well taken care of, which will be important to any prospective future buyers.


Know Your Facts

Thinking your car is worth a certain dollar amount and knowing it is are two very different things.  The dealership should have a pretty good idea of your car’s value, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll all end up offering you that much without some prodding.  Do yourself a favor and equip yourself with knowledge before setting foot on a new or used car lot.  While there are plenty of sites that tout themselves as experts on telling you your vehicle’s value based on options and your location, Broadmoor Motors recommends visiting NADA or Cargurus for a more accurate estimate for your car’s worth.  Keeping in mind, of course, that no website can guarantee a salesman will give you a certain price for your car, truck, SUV or minivan, but giving yourself a ballpark figure to aim for can give you a leg up during negotiations.


Understand The Market

Once you know your vehicle’s estimated worth, it’s important to take a look at a few other determining factors.  Trading in a gas guzzling SUV when fuel prices are at an all time high lessens the odds you’ll get the most out of your trade in.  At the same time, trying to unload your convertible in the middle of a blizzard, might earn you the same disappointing results.  The area you live in can also be a big determining factor.  High urban areas might have less of a demand for heavy duty pick up trucks, while the very same 4×4 could be a hot commodity in a rural community.  If at all possible, try to plan your purchase and subsequent trade in, when as many factors are optimal to gain you the most.


Buy From A Trusted Dealer

Why would you ever buy something as important as a car or truck from someone you don’t trust?  Not only does buying from a trusted,reliable dealer ensure that you’re going to get a quality new or used car, it can also mean the difference in getting a great deal on your trade in as well.  Check out the dealership you’re interested in buying from before you begin to check out the new ride they have listed on their lot.  Many dealerships, like Broadmoor Motors, have online reviews you can read to see what the general consensus of previous customers has been in the past.  While that can’t assure you will have a positive experience, it can certainly help you weed out new or used car dealerships where customers are consistently unhappy.  We’re proud to say that Broadmoor Motors has built a reputation around treating our customers fairly, ensuring they are happy with their car buying experience and creating a no pressure environment for them to shop comfortably within.


Getting the most out of your trade in doesn’t have to be a drawn out and painful event.  At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Caledonia and Hastings locations.  Financing available to those who qualify, we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.

Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental.  Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Check out our reviews and feel confident with our reputation for quality vehicles at great prices.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Service needs in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 to see how we can get you back on the road!

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