A little research, TLC, and shopping around can go a long way.
Honestly, trading your used vehicle in is almost always a losing proposition. You'll get more money for your old car by selling it to a private party yourself. However, there is no denying the convenience of arriving at a dealership with your old ride and leaving with just the new one. If you choose to trade your old car in at the dealership, here are a few things you can do to maximize its value.
The first step in getting the most for your trade-in is knowing what it's worth. Find your car's trade-in value with Kelley Blue Bookand then determine what price you would be willing to accept. By going to the dealership prepared with a price in mind, the dealer is far less likely to be able to take advantage of you.