Given the number of resale websites and used car calculators on the internet, it can be hard to determine your used car’s actual value. We’ve made it easy by providing a simple online tool.
All you have to do is enter your car’s information: the year, engine type, make, transmission, model, drivetrain, style, mileage, and zip code. As long as your car is in good condition and the information you entered is correct, you’ll receive a close estimate of your car’s value. The tool is powered by Kelley Blue Book.
Then, you can bring your vehicle in for an appraisal. This process is short--usually about half an hour--and it will result in a written offer from us for your used car. There’s no rush to make a decision on the spot--you have seven days to accept or decline the offer. Once you’ve accepted it, bring in the car’s title, registration, and photo ID. You can apply your trade-in cash directly to your new car!
First of all, the make of your car can influence how others’ view the resale value of your car. While we won’t get into brand specifics here, think this way: how is my brand perceived? Is it considered to be a durable car that sells well on the secondary market?
Secondly, take into account any accessories or replacement parts you used on your car. If you added custom features, rims, or performance packages, they could negatively impact your resale value. They may seem great to you, but most used car buyers won’t want to incur the cost of maintaining these parts--and the parts aren’t covered by warranty.
As far as replacement parts are concerned, your car’s resale value will be higher if you used original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. In the case of a Ford, you’d want replacement parts produced by Ford--they are guaranteed to function and fit correctly, and if they fail, they are covered by warranty.
Thirdly, your car will need to be in decent shape aesthetically. While it seems obvious, buyers will be influenced by stains, tears, scratches, and dents. You should repair or clean things that won’t incur too much cost (or that simply require you to grab a vacuum), and leave alone things that would cost more to fix than you could get in return when selling.
The paint color also influences buyers--classic colors sell better than polarizing coats of paint or eccentric aftermarket applications.
Fourth, what is your drivetrain? If you live in Minnesota, you might have trouble selling a non-4x4 car.
Lastly (and most obviously), your car’s mechanical well being will make or break your resale value. It’s ok to have high mileage if your car is in excellent condition, and if your transmission and brakes are looking young, you’re a step ahead of most sellers.