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Getting The Most For Your Trade-In

Everyone wants to get a great deal when buying a newer Pre-owned Vehicle in Grand Rapids but how good a deal you’re actually getting can depend largely on making sure you’re getting top dollar for your current vehicle.  Simply said, if you aren’t getting the best trade in value possible for your current vehicle, the hard truth is you’re leaving money behind 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. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to help you get the most for your trade in!


Periodical Maintenance

It might sound surprising but getting the most for your trade in starts from the very beginning of owning the vehicle.  By taking the time to do the little things in the beginning and following through your ownership with periodical maintenance including regular oil changes, tune-ups and having it serviced, you’ll help prolong the lifespan of the vehicle and show a prospective dealership that it has been well cared for.


Clean It Up

On the heels of showing a prospective dealership that your vehicle’s engine has been well cared for, we turn our attention to the outer appearance and interior.  While it may be tempting to pay to have the car detailed by a professional, if your goal is to keep more green in your pocket, you might consider doing as much as you can do yourself. Start with the basics by giving the exterior a good wash and include a wax, either manually or by taking it through a car wash.  Next, move into the interior, removing anything that adds clutter or unnecessary,  throwing away any trash you come across.  Then focus your attention on giving a good wipe down to the dashboard, console, door jams, windows, mirrors and handles, as well as 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. 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.


Understand Your Worth

Too often, people approach a dealership having a misguided concept of what their vehicle is truly worth which can lead to disappointment with a trade-in offer that may, in fact, be a fair assessment for the area you live in and the market.  Or worse yet, a dealership may offer you too low of a trade in value when it is actually worth much more.  Doing a little bit of research before you venture onto the lot can help you have a better understanding of what the real value your vehicle has in your area. Checking websites like Cargurus and NADA as a starting point, understanding that those are general guidelines and could change depending on many factors including the condition of the vehicle, your geographical location and the state of the market.


Know Your Market

As we stated above, the market can play heavily into what the top dollar is that your vehicle can pull in.  Trying to trade in a convertible in the middle of January in Grand Rapids probably won’t have the same results as trading it in in June.  Additionally, trading in a gas guzzling SUV while gas prices are skyrocketing lessens the odds that you’ll get the most out of your trade in.  While you may not be able to control when you need to buy a different used car, van, truck or SUV, it’s something to consider when negotiating a fair trade in price.


Trusted Dealer

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 and leaving complaints of issues left unresolved.  We’re proud to say that Broadmoor Motors has built a reputation with treating our customers fairly as the focal point and ensuring they are happy with their car buying experience, while also creating a no pressure environment for them to shop comfortably within.



If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minvan, truck or car that comes equipped with AWD or 4WD, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars.  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 all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify.  We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!!  Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable!  Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area.  With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

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