How to Trade In a Car at the Dealership

2019 Ford F-150 Rear

If you’re planning on upgrading to a new vehicle and wondering how to trade in your car near Des Moines, you’ll be pleased to know that the process is quick and easy at DeYarman Ford Indianola! However, there is a bit of prep work involved. Learn how to trade in a car below, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

How to Trade In Your Car 

Trading in your car is an easy way to reduce the price of your next car, truck, or SUV near Winterset. First, you’ll want to take the following steps to ensure a smooth trade-in process:

Clean Your Car

A clean car makes a good impression on the dealership and can increase your trade-in value, so we recommend getting your car washed and detailed. You should also take the time to replace windshield wipers, floor mats, and any other small parts. 

Make a List of Your Car’s Benefits

Write down any appealing features about your car. This can include anything from detailed maintenance records to unique accessories, such as bike mounts or extra key fobs.

Have Your Title Ready

Having your car’s title on hand will help expedite the trade-in process and save time at the dealership.

Research the Value of Your Vehicle

Use our trade-in valuation tool to get an estimate of your car’s current worth. Similar tools are also available on and Kelley Blue Book if you want to compare multiple estimates. 

Your car’s final value will be determined upon appraisal, but you can use your trade-in estimate to negotiate at the dealership.

How Does Trading in a Car Work?

Now that you have completed the necessary prep work to trade in your car, you can look forward to a seamless trade-in process at DeYarman Ford Indianola! While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend making an appointment so that we can prepare the necessary paperwork and have everything ready for when you walk through the door.

Our Used Car Manager will collect your information, run a vehicle history report, and inspect your car’s overall condition. After receiving a trade-in offer you’re happy with, you can put it toward the purchase of a new or pre-owned vehicle, or sell your car and walk away.

Trade In Your Car at DeYarman Ford Indianola!

Now that you know how to trade in a car, it’s time to set up your appointment with DeYarman Ford Indianola! Our dealership is a short drive from Norwalk, so contact us today to get started. We look forward to working with you!


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