If you’re considering trading in your car you might be wondering if it’s worth it. Here’s what you need to know.

The value of your trade-in is based on a number of factors including the model make age mileage and condition of the vehicle. In general you can expect to get about 50% of the Kelley Blue Book value for your trade-in.

However keep in mind that the dealership will also factor in any money you owe on the vehicle and any necessary repairs. So if you’re upside down on your loan or the car needs a new transmission you’re not likely to get full value for your trade-in.

In addition the dealership may offer you a lower trade-in value if they think they can sell the car for more than the trade-in value. They may also offer you a higher trade-in value if they’re trying to unload a high-mileage car or a car with known mechanical issues.

Ultimately whether or not trading in your car is worth it comes down to your personal circumstances. If you’re looking to upgrade to a new car and you have negative equity or the car needs repairs it may be worth it to trade it in and take the hit on the value.

On the other hand if you’re happy with your current car and you don’t owe any money on it you may be better off selling it privately and pocketing the difference.


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Drew Dorian

I love cars and I love writing about them

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