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Old 05-27-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Trade-In?

I'm planning on buying a Focus- maybe even this weekend. Or I may wait for the some incentives to happen in the next few weeks. Either way I am planning on trading in my 2003 Mazda 6 with 100,000 miles on it. I have never traded in a car so looking for what to expect. Ways to get better money, etc.

I know there is the Ford Swap My Ride event going on- but not seeing this as anything more than a marketing ad- or is there extra value they are giving to trade-ins right now?

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Old 05-27-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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Swap my ride isnt that great for the focus it's $500 right now, and you must go with ford financing.

I have no tips for how to get more, I'm new my self at this.
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Might not help much but try detailing both the inside and outside throughly. Make it look like a million bucks.
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Look here for trade in value http://www.kbb.com/ but expect to be offered less. If you have time take it to a few places like Carmax and a different dealer and get their estimates.
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My '03 Mazda 6 with 104,000 miles got me $4500 trade in.
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Say for instance your cars worth 4k put it on the street or craigslist or local paper. Take it to a dealer your going to get 2500 for it or less.Never trade in a car you make better money selling yourself. yea it might take a bit longer to sell it but you can go to the same dealer with a real down payment on a new one.Plus it sucks you trade it in and get 2500 and then go to the dealer the next week an see your car selling for 5k.I traded my old geo in on my focus when I bought it new. The dealer said I'll give you 900 for it.I said I want 2500 he said nope so I went home.An hour later he called and said yes.Dont get caught up in that new car smell lol.Its your money your game,you call the shots.And tell them flat out if they dont want to deal then you go to another dealer.I've had over a dozen new cars in my life and each time I got what I wanted.I'm not saying be a jerk but let them know you dont get sucked in.I promise you they want your buisness they will bend.I told the last guy I drove here in my 900 buck geo and I'm driving home.Yes car dealers are in buisness to make money and I dont mind giving them some profit but I'm going home intact with my pants on. Also go at the end of the month the salesmen are trying to get thier monthly qoutas and are better to deal with then.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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Just went to look at Focus- now not as sure- it was a little too small for me. I like the size of the Prius better- but obviously no deals on that car right now!

As far as the trade in- the dealer told me Ford was offering $1,000 extra cash back on trade-ins- but that looks like the Focus is not included in that- even though he claimed it was. Oops.
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I think the cockpit design makes it feel a bit smaller.
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Go to CarMax and get a free, written, trade-in appraisal on your current ride. It's good for 5 days following the initial appraisal.
Then go to your Ford sales person and let him/her know that you have a firm, written offer for your current car. Don't tell your sales person the exact written appraisal amount yet...let him/her give you his/her best figure and then tell him/her (truthfully) whether it's a number you can live with (it won't match the CarMax offer, trust me)...negotiate from there.
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A few tips from a reformed sales-ass:
-If you talked to them today (and you found something you MAY want to take home), 'court' the idea with the salesperson until the end of the month; they'll be hungry to close the month out strong
-Like Vincent JG said: detail the ever-loving-hell outta that trade in; the salesperson/appraiser will be profiling like a mickey-fickey! A spotless ride denotes an retentive owner. They'll tell you they "look past the dirt", but they'll be lying.
-Here's the breakdown they use: MSRP in 2003; cut it in half '05, now cut that in half in '09, and cut that in half in '13, and so on... 2yrs and every 4yrs after that to estimate trade in value at a dealer FOR A CAR IN GOOD condition.
-Mileage, accidents, dings/dents, and local auction values for similar cars will also influence the value
-100,000mi+ and they'll probably be looking to wholesale your car (which will influence the trade value, see the first tip though!)

If you have general idea what your car is worth to a dealer it helps you figure out if they're low-balling a decent trade-in.

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