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How to Trade in a Car

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If you’re looking for a new Mazda car, crossover, or SUV, then you’ve likely been searching “how to trade-in my car” and “how much is my trade-in worth?” Our team at John Hine Mazda will help you learn how to trade-in a car, and help you along the way with our Mazda financial services. Contact us if you have any questions for the team at our La Mesa-area Mazda dealership. We’ll help you trade-in your car and take advantage of lease deals in San Diego!

How to Value Your Trade

The first thing La Mesa drivers need to do is work out how much their vehicle is worth. Right on our site, we offer our online tool to help you learn how much your current vehicle is worth.

To use our trade-in value estimator, simply input the pertinent information on your vehicle, including the year, make, and model, then add your personal contact information. Our team will send you a complete report detailing the vehicle’s estimated value. Anyone looking to do additional research can look to tools such as Edmunds True Market Value and Kelley Blue Book Value. Also, note that we take into account the current market value of the vehicle, as well as our stock of used vehicles on offer.

How to Get an Appraisal

Once you’ve got an idea of how much your vehicle may be worth, you’ll need to get it inspected by our service department and appraised. Schedule an appointment at a local service center so they can determine your vehicle’s condition. Afterward, we’ll give you an offer on your trade-in.

How to Negotiate or Accept a Trade-In Offer

And how about trading in a car that is not paid off? If the amount you still owe on the vehicle is more than the vehicle is worth, you may have to consolidate what you owe with the price of your new car. If that’s the case, you’re far better off going through a dealership. Once you’ve decided what to do, you can finalize the trade-in and either opt for cash or put the value towards a new vehicle.

Take Advantage of Trade-in Deals at John Hine Mazda

Are you ready to trade-in a car at John Hine Mazda? Give us a call at (619) 297-4251 and our team will help you plan your visit to our Chula Vista-area Mazda dealership. We’ll help upgrade your drives through Carlsbad when you trade-in your car! Also be sure to check out our Mazda lease deals to see how you can save even more. Whether you’re looking for Mazda CX-5 lease deals or want to compare buying vs. leasing, we’re here to help!

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Tax, Title and Tags not included in vehicle prices shown. Additional incentives may apply. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, errors do occur so please verify information with a customer service rep by calling us at (619) 297-4251 or by visiting us at the dealership.

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