You’ve decided it’s time to trade in your vehicle for another model, but you are not sure how much you can get for it? There are many factors that will impact the value of a vehicle suck as its mileage, the make and model, the version, its overall condition, whether it needs repairs or of it is still in mint condition, among other factors.
At Autoteck in St-Eustache, we are experts you can rely on to appraise your vehicle. In fact, we have many years of experience in the sale of used vehicles, so you can trust us to accurately evaluate your vehicle. We consider several factors such as:
- The mileage
- The equipment
- The make
- The model
- The version
- The options
- Mechanical components
- The body
The make, the model and the year
As you probably know, the reliability and build quality of the model are two of the most important factors when evaluating a vehicle. For example, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla are two of the best-selling sedans in the world. Their quality and reliability are recognized worldwide, and they will therefore have a much higher market value than a Skoda compact car, even if they are a few years older.
Another important factor that will impact the value of a vehicle is the condition of the exterior. Has the vehicle been in an accident? Are there any scratches, dents or rust? What about the interior, are the seats in good condition, do the carpets have calcium stains or tears?
On average, we estimate about 20 kilometers of wear and tear per year, although some vehicles have much higher mileage for various reasons. Some people drive a lot more because they work on the road, such as salespeople. Others really enjoy traveling and don’t worry about increasing the mileage of the vehicle. Obviously, higher mileage will impact the condition of a car and therefore lower the car’s valuation.
You can also consult the Canadian Black Book website to get a better idea. There you will have access to a lot of information on practically all car manufacturers, from the discontinued Pontiac brand to the very luxurious Maserati, and from the British brand Jaguar to the American giant Chevrolet. It is a valuable tool to get a good idea of the value of your vehicle.
Engine and Components
One of the most important factors is certainly the engine and other mechanical components. Your SUV or sports coupe may look great, but what does it look like under the hood? The best way to maintain your vehicle’s value is by performing regular check-ups and maintenance. Whether it’s a simple oil change, rotating the tires, changing the filters or replacing the battery, nothing should be overlooked.
We certainly shouldn’t ignore any additional equipment when evaluating the price of a car, as it is a determining factor. Remember that even if you install a high-performance stainless steel exhaust system on your car in order to increase its sound or its performance, or if you equip it with a 3000-watt sound system with incredible sound, very few future buyers will appreciate your investment.
On the other hand, if you chose a higher-end version that included heated seats and steering wheel, all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration or Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, you are sure to attract more potential buyers. These additional features are far more popular and therefore will attract more buyers than an extremely loud exhaust system.
At Autoteck in St-Eustache, located near Boisbriand, Blainville and Laval, you can rely on our experts to help you determine your vehicle’s value if you wish to trade-in your vehicle. You can also receive the trade-in value of your car in just a few minutes by completing our online form. Simple, fast and effective, you will get an answer quickly and it will give you a good idea of your vehicle’s value.
For a more in-depth evaluation, simply come see us. We will be happy to inspect your vehicle and give you a better assessment of its value. Our team of experts is happy to help you get the best price so you can get the vehicle of your dreams.
In summary, a well-maintained vehicle will be worth more than a vehicle in poor condition. Remember to take good care of it through regular check-ups and maintenance, make sure the engine components is working properly, and keep the interior clean and welcoming. That way, you’re more likely to get the most out of your vehicle when it is time to trade it in.