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At Ray Brandt Nissan, we believe in making car shopping and car buying as easy as possible. One way we make that goal achievable for our New Orleans customers is by offering a hassle-free way to sell their used cars. Not everyone has the time or desire to become a private party seller — and that’s where Ray Brandt Nissan comes in. We will buy your car, so you don’t have to worry about posting ads or screening buyers. Then, we’ll help you put your car’s value toward the new or pre-owned vehicle you truly want. 

What is the Trade-In Value of My Car? 

If you’re wondering, “What is my used car worth,” the answer is just a few clicks away! Using our handy value your trade-in calculator, you can get an estimated car trade-in value from the comfort of your home or office. Simply input some information about your car into the trade-in value calculator, as well as your contact information, and you’ll have an estimate right away. Keep in mind, there are a few factors that affect trade-in value, including: 

  • Mileage 
  • Mechanical condition 
  • Car features 
  • Exterior/Interior condition 
  • Market landscape 

How Do You Trade in a Car?

After you’ve received your trade-in estimate, it’s time for an appraisal of your vehicle! Our Harvey dealership can take care of this step for you. We’ll examine the condition of your car and make sure it’s a good fit for our used car inventory. When you visit for your car’s appraisal, be sure to bring your trade-in estimate! 

Once we’ve examined your car, you can negotiate or accept our offer and finalize the sale. We pride ourselves on offering the fairest possible offer on trade-in vehicles, aiming to make the trade-in process transparent and simple. In fact, there are a couple of major advantages to selling your car to a dealership, including:

  • You can haggle at a dealership. We encourage our customers to always do their own research to make sure they’re getting the most reasonable trade-in offers. 
  • Can you trade in a car you still owe on? You can with a dealership. If you’re upside down on your car loan, you can consolidate what’s owed on your current car with the price of your new ride. 

Value Your Trade-In: FAQs

Q: Can you trade in a financed car?

A: Yes, you can. If you have positive equity on the car (as in it’s worth more than what you currently owe), you can trade it in easily. The dealer will purchase the car and pay off the loan, then they’ll put what’s left toward the new vehicle price, giving you a major advantage. If you have negative equity on the car (as in it’s worth less than what you currently owe), the dealer may still buy the car and pay off the loan, but the difference will be rolled into your new car loan — meaning you’ll still need to pay it off eventually. 


Q: How soon can you trade in a financed car? 

A: There’s no time limit that’s set in stone, but it’s a good idea to wait until you have positive equity. 


Q: What does it mean to be “upside down” on a car loan?

A: Being “upside down” on a car loan is the same thing as having negative equity. If, for example, you owe $30,000 on a car that’s worth $25,000, you have negative equity. 


Q: Can I trade in my car for a cheaper car? 

A: If you still owe money on the car, you can trade it in for a cheaper one. If, for example, you owe $15,000 and the car is worth $20,000, the dealer can purchase the car as a trade-in, pay off the loan, and put the $5,000 toward your new auto loan as equity. If you don’t owe money on the car and own it outright, there’s nothing stopping you from trading it in for a cheaper car; you can do what you’d like with it. 


Q: Should I fix my car before trading in?

A: It’s a natural desire to boost your trade-in value to the maximum. So would it be wise to fix your car before selling it to a dealership? While it may come as a surprise, we don’t recommend spending much money on repairs before a trade! This can be great news if you’ve been asking the question, “Should I fix my car before a trade?” While it can seem counterintuitive to some, fixing your car before a sale is often not worth the investment.

Rarely will you be able to invest in major repairs and see that returned in the form of an increased trade value. What usually happens is you’ll slightly improve the sale price, but not enough to justify your expenses. Here at Ray Brandt Nissan, we’d rather take your vehicle as-is and fix it on our own. That’s because we have the expertise, equipment, and components to handle repairs at a low price. If you’re itching for some DIY work, you can replace old bulbs, renew your wiper blades, and clean your vehicle. These tasks can greatly improve the curb appeal of your car and don’t cost very much!

Q: How can I get the most out of my trade?

A: Anyone looking to make an automotive upgrade is likely curious about maximizing trade value. If you want to know how to get the most for your trade-in, we can help! Strong resale value comes from strong ownership habits. A great way to boost the value of your trade is to follow a routine maintenance plan. Along with that, documenting your service history is key. A strong maintenance record is a great bargaining chip when it comes time to sell your vehicle.

Another point when thinking about how to get the most money for your car trade-in is to take on a few maintenance tasks. While you won’t want to take on any major expenses, a bit of elbow grease can greatly improve the look and curb appeal of your vehicle. A fresh wash and clean interior go a long way. Finally, you can maximize your trade by working with a reputable dealer like Ray Brandt Nissan! With us, we’ll study the market and make a fair and competitive offer to help you earn more for the sale of your vehicle!

Make Ray Brandt Nissan Your Automotive Partner Today! 

If you have questions about how to trade in a car that is paid off, or how to get the best possible offer, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 504-872-3463. While you’re here, be sure to browse our current new and pre-owned car specials to start shopping for your next great offer near Marrero