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How to Prepare Your Used Car for Trade in at the GMC Dealership

Last updated 7 years ago

When trading in your used car, you want to get the best possible deal so you can put money towards your new, great car.  By following these steps, you can prepare to trade your car in for maximum value:

  • Collect Maintenance and Service Records:  The dealership will want to see a record of how well you have maintained the vehicle over the years. Make sure you are able to show a history of how often the oil was changed, the tires were rotated, the brake pads were upgraded, and any other required maintenance was performed. Similarly, if there was a product recall or other required services needed during the time you owned the car, you will want to provide records detailing what was done and the date on which the service was completed. An attempt to sell a used car without providing this documentation could put you at risk of losing the sale.
  • Have the Vehicle Professionally Cleaned:  Next, you’ll want to clean out the car of any and all personal belongings and have the vehicle professionally cleaned. Try to think back to how the car looked when you bought it new and then work on recreating the level of cleanliness. If you smoke, then be sure to remove as much of that smell as possible. For this, you may need to have the air filter changed and the carpets and upholstery cleaned with baking soda or other professional cleanser.
  • Gather Keys and Owner’s Manual:  Lastly, gather the vehicle’s keys and owner’s manual. The more organized you are, the better deal you’re likely to get. If you have misplaced the owner’s manual or need a special key duplicated, then contact the dealership.

Once you’ve readied your car for trade in, drive it to Don Bohn Buick GMC. Our dealership sells new and pre-owned GMC, Buick, and Ford vehicles. Plus we can service your vehicle with new parts, accessories, and paint. Call us at (504) 708-4676 to learn more about our products and services or visit our website for a glimpse at our vehicle inventory.


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