How Do Dealerships Value My Trade?

If you have a vehicle that you want to trade in, you want to make sure that you get the value you deserve. But, how do dealerships value my trade? Here at Gus Machado Ford, we've provided this guide to help you know what the process of determining the value of a trade-in is like.

Continue reading below to learn more about how we value your trade and get you what you deserve, so you can get the ride you want for the roads of Hialeah, Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral, FL.

Steps to Determining Value of a Trade-In

Improve Vehicle's Condition

There are steps you can take to make sure your vehicle is clean and free of damages.


If there are any repairs that are needed, you can have the vehicle serviced. You can also get an inspection to make sure the condition of your vehicle is good.


Bring your vehicle to our dealership and have our experts provide an estimated value.

What Factors Into Your Trade Value?

As you consider trading in your vehicle, you want to know the things that can influence the value of your vehicle. You should know the things to keep in mind as you get ready for your trade-in to determine if your vehicle offers the value you want as part of a trade-in.

Here are a few things that factor in to trade value:

  • Age of vehicle
  • Wear and tear
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle history
  • Current market value

The age of your vehicle, how it was used, how much mileage is on it, and overall wear and tear can all have an impact on how a dealership views the value of the vehicle. You also want to consider if the vehicle has been in an accident. Dealerships will often run vehicle history reports and any drivers buying the vehicle as a pre-owned option will want a vehicle history.

What You Can Do to Increase Value

Before you trade in your vehicle or even before you get an appraisal, you can take a few steps to increase the value of your vehicle. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Clean the vehicle
  • Get it serviced
  • Make repairs

One of the first steps you can take is to get the vehicle cleaned and make sure it looks great. Having your vehicle serviced, such as the most recent oil change or an inspection, can also ensure that the vehicle is in the best condition possible before you bring it to a dealership.

If there are repairs needed, such as any blemishes or dents, or any parts that need to be replaced, you also want to consider having those completed to increase the value you will get in return.

Visit Our Dealership Today

Now that you know more about how do dealerships value my trade, it's time for you to come to Gus Machado Ford and get an estimated value on your trade in. You can come to see our experts and let us assist you. We want to help you get on the roads of Hialeah, Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral, Florida, in the vehicle you want. Contact us if you have any questions!

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    Hialeah, FL 33012

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