How to Trade In a Car

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When you decide to sell your car at a dealership like Kia of Valencia, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that come with selling your vehicle privately. Private sales can become a hassle, as you have to research the value of your vehicle to set a fair price, advertise the vehicle, screen buyers, negotiate, handle paperwork, and more. On the flip side, when you trade-in at a dealership like Kia of Valencia, you can eliminate the stress and enjoy a quick and easy sale. 



Once you sell to us, you can use your earnings to boost your down payment on the new or used car, truck, or SUV you desire. Our finance team is here to not only help you learn how to trade in a car, but also how to get the best possible price. Read on below to get rid of your old ride and upgrade your commute from Valencia to San Fernando in no time!

How to Trade in Your Car: Get Your Trade-In Car Value

When learning how to trade in a car, you’ll want to start by determining the value of your vehicle. You can easily do this by utilizing our Value Your Trade tool found on our site. We offer a wide range of online shopping tools to help you get started with your automotive upgrade from the comfort of your own home. 

All you need to do is enter your vehicle’s year, make, and model, along with your name, and contact information. From there, add notes on the condition of your car, and you’ll secure an honest estimate of the value of your car. If you’d like a second (or third) opinion, Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value® are great resources.

How to Trade in Your Car: Get an Appraisal

Once you have an estimate, visit our Valencia dealership for an appraisal of your car. Our team will examine the condition and mechanical status of your vehicle. We’ll also consider our current inventory to determine whether or not we feel confident that your vehicle will sell. Be sure to bring along your trade-in estimate and any offers you may have received from other dealers for our reference.

How to Trade in Your Car: Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

Once we’ve finished reviewing your vehicle, we’ll extend a formal offer. This number may or may not differ from the estimate, it just depends on what’s uncovered during the inspection. From there, you can decide to accept our offer or negotiate based on your own research of the local Sylmar-area auto market. The whole process is quick and easy and allows you to:

  • Negotiate: At Kia of Valencia, we encourage you to advocate for yourself. If you think you can get a better deal, or we missed something along the way, feel free to negotiate!
  • Rollover your loan: If you currently owe more on your auto loan than what your car is worth, don’t panic! Our team has experience working with negative equity and can help you roll over your loan.

Learn More at Kia of Valencia

If you have any lingering questions or concerns about trading in your car, reach out to us at your convenience. Our goal is to help you quickly sell your current vehicle and make an upgrade that makes you proud. If you’re hoping to save big on your purchase, explore our offers and incentives to score a great deal!


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