Learn Your Trade-In's Value in Buffalo

If you've been thinking of trading-in your current vehicle to get into a new or certified Volvo, or another used vehicle, you've come to the right place. In only a few minutes, and with just a few pieces of information, you can use our online Kelley Blue Book trade value tool to determine how much you can expect to get for your current vehicle towards your next purchase or lease at Northtown Volvo Cars Buffalo.

Once you've filled out our secure online form by answering some questions about your vehicle and its condition, you'll get a value range of what you can expect. Our sales team will be in touch to set up an appraisal to confirm the details and ensure nothing was missed in the valuation process.

What Should I Know About The Trade-In Process?

Trading in your old vehicle for something new, or sort of new, can be challenging. You might have researched online how much your trade is worth, but there's still something holding you back. Most people who share their reservations with us about buying a new car fear the process of trading a vehicle the most.

So, to dispel some fears and misunderstandings about trades and help you get the most toward your next vehicle, use this guide to understand what goes into valuing your current vehicle.

Show Me The CARFAX®

Knowing the history of your trade is essential when computing its value. Sometimes customers arrive with their trade, and they are surprised to hear what researching the vehicle identification number (VIN) tells them. Here are several things that a CARFAX® report can tell us about your trade-in:

  • Accident History
  • Odometer History
  • If it was part of a rental or business fleet
  • Maintenance History
  • Flood Damage
  • Ownership History

These are only a few things that help us to consider the history of your trade, each of which helps us to determine the value of your trade. However, keep in mind, a vehicle history report is only part of the process.

For example, broken or missing motor mounts may cause the side mirrors to shake and become hard to see objects in focus. It occasionally happens that drivers stop seeing broken interior features, so it's important that a professionally-trained appraiser can get a close look.

Do A Walk Around Of Your Vehicle

The driving experience and history of a vehicle are essential, but also important is physical condition of your trade. For example, sap from trees in the front yard, bugs from frequent highway driving, or sunspots from faded paint can affect the bottom line. Before filling out our online appraisal form, take a slow walk around your vehicle and note any dings, scratches, blemishes, or any imperfections on the exterior.

General Maintenance

While it is not needed to put new tires on your trade, if your tread is getting bare, that will have an impact on your value. If you've been putting off some minor repairs or overdue maintenance, you might consider getting that taken care of so you can boost the trade-in value of your vehicle.

When considering the condition of your vehicle, try to answer these questions first:

  • How frequently have you changed your oil?
  • When did you last change the tires?
  • Are there any warning lights on?
  • Do the AC and heat work?

The Appraisal

Once you've gotten your trade-in value from KBB, our experts will appraise your vehicle to ensure that nothing significant was missed in the process.

Test driving a trade can be an important part of the process for us to appraise a vehicle. Does the engine make any noises? Do the brakes squeal? Does it ride like a new car?