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Vehicle Appraisal Isn’t A Science, But Don’t Go Into It Unprepared

There are a number of TV shows currently on the air that revolve around the art of appraisals. People bring in some old item to an expert, and are sometimes surprised to learn that it is an extremely valuable collectible.

Vehicle appraisals tend to be a bit less exciting; your 2005 sedan is going to be a 2005 sedan, and not some rare antique. In a way, the goal going into a vehicle appraisal is to not be surprised by finding out it is worth less than you thought.

Here are some things you can do to prepare for a vehicle appraisal and ensure you get full value for your trade-in:

  • Do some research. Though resources like Kelley Blue Book are only rough estimates, it is still a good idea to look up the estimated trade-in value of your car. That way, you at least have a general ballpark idea of what it should be worth.
  • Clean it. Give your car a good thorough cleaning, interior and exterior, before going in for a vehicle appraisal. Besides giving a good first impression, having a clean car makes it easier to believe that the vehicle has been well-maintained.
  • Fix the basics. You know the appraiser is going to check the oil and other fluid levels, kick the tires, etc. Before the appraiser checks them, you should check them first, and make sure nothing is out of line. Sometimes, the “fix” can be as simple as topping off fluids or changing the oil. Simple tasks, but ones that can present red flags if you don’t take care of them first.
  • Gather your paperwork. You will need your title before you can transfer ownership of your vehicle, and if you have kept accurate service records, bring those, too. Having paper proof that your car has been properly maintained can help add to its value.

At NYE Automotive Group, we make vehicle appraisals easy through our simple online form. Or bring your vehicle in to our location in Oneida. We will take a look at it and offer you the best value for your trade.

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