How to Trade in Your Ride

How to Trade in Your Ride


Are you searching for a new model with all the latest tech? Are you ready for a larger ride to fit the new addition to the family or looking to downsize now that all the kids are leaving the nest? If you’re ready to trade in your current model and find a new one, our team at LaFontaine Kia is here to help!

If you live near Ann Arbor, Belleville, or Canton, Michigan, you can come see us to find your next set of wheels. Just follow our steps below about how to trade in your ride, and this process can be easy and fun! Ready to get started?

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1. Get Your Trade Ready

Before you trade in your current model, it’s important to put your best foot forward–or, in this case, your best wheels! To make your trade look refined and ready, you should clean the cabin and remove any personal items. If your model has navigation, clear information like your address from the system, too.

Simply having a clean cabin will make your ride look its best. Just a quick vacuuming goes a long way! You’ll also need to gather together your paperwork to prove your ownership. You should bring to the dealership:

  • Your title and registration
  • Your driver’s license or another form of valid photo ID
  • Service or repair records
  • All keys, remotes, and manuals for your model

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2. Research Before You Go

You might think it’s time to go to the dealership now, but not so fast! To make sure you’re getting a fair offer, do some preliminary research about your ride’s worth. By researching your particular make and model, you’ll have an estimate in your mind about how much you should receive.

Knowledge is power, and when you do your research, you’ll feel confident in your deal. Remember, the offer for your specific model will also depend on its condition and history. If your ride needs repairs, you might want to have those performed. Doing so might lead to a higher offer.


Getting an Offer for Vehicle

3. Get an Offer

Now’s the time to get an offer on your trade-in. You can drive your model over to the dealership and a trained expert will perform an inspection to value your trade.

However, for an even more convenient experience, you can get your estimate online using our Kelley Blue Book® Instant Cash Offer. Tell us about your ride’s features and conditions, and you’ll get an offer valid for seven days. If you decide to accept, bring in your trade within the next week, and you’re good to go!

Whichever way you choose to go, you can take a few days to consider the offer. You should ultimately follow your heart and make the decision you feel good about!


Finding a Model You’ll Love at Dealership

4. Find a Model You’ll Love

If you decide to accept the offer, bring in your trade to the dealership. Once you say goodbye to your current model, you can say hello to a new one as you discover your next ride.

If you’re trading in with our dealership, you can use our cash offer toward your next purchase. A technician will confirm your ride’s condition, and once you hand over the keys, you’re free to explore a world of new possibilities.

You can always shop around our dealership and look for the ride that best fits your lifestyle and budget. We have a wide selection of models so you can find something you’ll like. Once your trade is complete, your future will look bright with a new driving machine.

We always want to see you drive off smiling!


Ready to Trade in Your Ride? Visit Us Today!

Now that you know how to trade in your set of wheels, we hope you feel ready to make the choice that’s right for you. If you live near Ann Arbor, Belleville, or Canton, MI, you can always visit LaFontaine Kia or utilize our online tools to get started on the next chapter of your driving future.

Why wait? Contact us today or get an offer on our website!


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