How to Improve the Trade-in Value of a Car

You've got your eye on a new car. But do you know how much your current vehicle is worth? From the time you purchase a vehicle, it's important to understand how to improve the trade in value of a car, so when it comes time to trade in your old automobile for a new one, you'll get the maximum amount of value possible.

Begin at the Beginning

Before you ever purchase a vehicle, do your research and find out the residual value of the different models you have your eye on.

Residual value is what a car is expected to be worth after it's been driven for a specific number of years. So if you're looking at a car with a projected 60-month residual value of 30 percent, while another model has a 60-month residual value of 45 percent, the second car is going to be worth a lot more when you trade it in down the road.

Looks Matter

Before you head into a dealership to offer up your trade-in, clean your car and make it look as nice as possible.

When dealers accept a trade, they take into account how much it will cost to fix up the car and how quickly it is likely to sell. The better your car looks, the better your chances the dealer will take the trade and give you a good value for it.

Take Care

Begin with the end in mind when you purchase a vehicle. Look down the road to the time when you're going to want to trade it on something else, and drive it carefully and treat it gently. Stay current on maintenance over the course of your ownership and keep your maintenance records; keep the car clean; and drive responsibly.

Get a Good Value on Your Trade

If you're ready to trade in your vehicle on a new car, visit the team at Car World or contact us today. We'll help you get a good value on your trade and also assist you with financing and other steps of the car buying process.

Oil Changes Bring Big Benefits

Did you know that the number one thing you can do to take care of your car is to get the oil changed consistently? The benefits of an oil change are numerous and will give your vehicle a long, happy life. And best of all, changing your oil is easy to do, whether you do it yourself or take it to a service center. Here's why it's important:

  • Long-Lasting Engine- Fresh new oil lubricates and coats your engine to protect the components from dirt and debris. When the parts run together smoothly, you reduce the friction and wear and tear that comes with low levels of old, dirty oil.
  • Reduced Build-Up - Flushing out the old oil and changing the air filter removes the debris and particles that build up over time and can damage your engine. You want to avoid this buildup and replace with fresh oil regularly - the higher-quality, the better.
  • Improved Engine Performance - So, it just makes sense that when the engine components are clean and lubricated, you're going to experience a quieter, smooth ride. Your engine will even sound better, with the purr that comes from a healthy, clean motor.
  • Better Fuel Economy - A clean, lubed engine means less friction within the components, so your engine works more efficiently. This translates into better gas mileage and savings for you.
  • Cleaner Emissions - Dirty engine oil can often burn in older vehicles, which sends foul engine emissions into the air. Even if your car is a newer model, you still want to maintain fresh oil that's less likely to burn and can more easily absorb the particles and debris that accumulates.

How Often?

You should change your vehicle's oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the requirements of your car or truck. If your model has a more current, specialized engine, or if you choose high-performance oil, you may be able to wait 5,000 miles. Be sure to check your manual or consult with a service professional if you're not sure what your vehicle needs.

Now that summer is finally here, so is the season of road trips. Here are a few tips to get the most mileage out of your vehicle.

A/C on the Highway, Windows Down Around Town
At highway speeds, reduce aerodynamic drag and increase fuel economy by rolling up your windows and using the air conditioning. When driving at lower speeds, such as around town, roll down your windows instead of using the A/C to get the most MPG. At lower speeds there is less drag, so it's more efficient to roll the windows down to stay cool.
Check Your Tire Pressures
Tires that are underinflated will have more rolling resistance than those that are inflated to the proper PSI. Check your tire pressures to make sure they're set to the manufacturer specifications (found in your driver side door jamb) to make sure you're not losing MPGs.
Don't Accelerate Too Quickly or Brake Too Much
That's not to say you shouldn't brake when you need to, but excessive acceleration and braking can decrease mileage.
Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control will help you maintain a constant speed on the highway and save you fuel.
Take off the Carriers if You're Not Using Them for a While
Car top carriers create aerodynamic drag. If you're not going to be using it for a while, take it off.
Remove Excess Weight
Dragging around those golf clubs, sand bags from the winter and other things that add weight means your car has to work harder to get you around, which decreases mileage.
Combine Trips When You Can
Instead of making multiple trips out to run errands, try to consolidate them into one trip.