How to Trade In a Car

Excited Couple Reviewing Trade in Offer with Salesman

When you decide the time’s right for an automotive upgrade, you have a lot of decisions to make. Not the least of which is determining what to do with your old car. While you could sell it on the open market, that route comes with logistical hassles and requires a large time investment. With that in mind, you might be asking, “How to trade in a car?” You’re not alone! Many St Louis drivers turn to Suntrup Volkswagen for automotive guidance. Luckily, our finance team is here to help you learn how to trade in your car with ease! 

Get Your Trade-In Car Value

The first step in learning how to trade in your car is to determine the current value of your vehicle. We make this step simple by offering easy online access to our value your trade tool. All you have to do is enter the year, make, and model of your vehicle along with your contact information. You’ll also want to add information about the condition of your vehicle to receive the best possible estimate of what your car’s currently worth. You can also shop around and verify your trade-in estimate with tools like Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®

Get an Appraisal

Once you have your estimated trade-in value, you’ll want to head to our Volkswagen dealership for an appraisal of your car. Our team will examine your vehicle’s condition, and evaluate our current used inventory to see if it would make a good fit. A crucial part of learning how to trade in a car is being prepared, so be sure to bring your trade-in estimate and any other trade-in offers you’ve received when you visit us in St. Louis!

Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

After the appraisal is completed, you can negotiate or accept our offer and close the deal. The entire process is easy to follow, and our team is here to help you get a fair deal. Along with working with our highly experienced team, the benefits of selling to our dealership include:

  • Unlike many St Louis-area dealerships, we’re open to negotiations. We want you to walk away with a deal you feel comfortable with, even if that means we need to haggle a bit!
  • If you’re upside down on your current auto loan, our team can help you evaluate your options for moving forward. 

Once the offer is finalized, you can accept the cash or put the value of your vehicle towards your next down payment! If you found this helpful, learn how to trade in a car that’s not paid off and more at Suntrup Volkswagen

Upgrade at Suntrup Volkswagen!

Now that you know how to trade in your car, you can upgrade your commute from St Peters to Webster like an automotive professional. You can reach out to our team to learn more about trade-ins or to schedule an appraisal. If you’re hoping to score a great rate on your next set of wheels, explore our new vehicle specials and used car deals!


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