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How to Trade In a Car

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If you’ve outgrown your old car, you can try to sell it on the private market around Red Bank – but, a car dealership with trade-in deals can save you from a major headache. Not only will the dealership take care of the resale process for you, but you’ll also get a hefty sum to spend on your next vehicle upgrade. Acura of Ocean, your local Acura dealership, is here to walk you through every step of the trade-in process. Let’s get started.

1. Get Your Trade-In Estimate

Learning how to trade in a car starts simple, and the first step doesn’t even require you to leave your living room in Freehold. You’ll need to get a quick estimate of your vehicle’s current value online. Use our Value Your Trade tool and enter basic information like year, make, model, and more. You’ll get an instant estimate with zero commitments. You can also utilize similar online tools from Kelley Blue Book® Value and Edmunds True Market Value®. Keep these values on hand, because you’ll want them during negotiations!

2. Schedule an In-Person Appraisal

Now that you have a rough idea of your car’s value, let’s pin down that number for a firm offer. Visit your local Acura dealership for an in-person appraisal. We recommend scheduling an appointment to make sure everything goes smoothly, but walk-ins are also welcome. When you arrive, a team member will do a full assessment of your car – inside and out. They will compare your car to the current used inventory to see if we can sell your car. Then, you’ll get an offer on the spot.

3. Evaluate Your Offer

You’ve gotten your offer, now what? If you’re happy with the numbers, accept the deal and start test driving new options on the lot! But, what if you need to talk it through?

  • If the offer isn’t what you expected, feel free to negotiate. While some Asbury Park dealerships refuse to budge, our team will work with you to get the best deal possible. Don’t forget to bring your online estimates to make your case!
  • If you are currently upside down on your loan, we can help you consolidate your old loan with the price of your new car.
  • If you want to upgrade your ride, we can walk you through options in our new or used inventory. But, you can also trade for cash if you’d prefer.

Start the Trade-In Process with Acura of Ocean

Now that you know how to trade in a car, where can you find a car dealership with trade-in deals in Ocean? Acura of Ocean is here to get you started. Contact us with any questions or schedule your in-person appraisal at your convenience. 


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