Nissan dealerships tips: How to prepare your car for a trade-in

You’ve decided it’s finally time to buy the sports car you’ve been dreaming about since childhood. Maybe you’ve set your mind on a Nissan 370Z Coupe or GT-R or anything that requires you to limbo dance to get inside.

But, before we start discussing your options, you first need to sell your old Nissan and get some extra cash for your new dream car from a dealership Richmond.

Here’s a little industry secret:

It’s entirely up to you to get a fair price. Your car may still be top of the line, relatively new, with incredible leather interiors and sound system, but the dealer won’t notice it if you don’t know how to show them off. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Here’s a checklist for prepping your car for a trade-in.


You might think this is an obvious tip, but you will be surprised to discover how many sellers ignore this step. Remember, first impression matters. People might think that if you didn’t care enough to wash the exterior of the car, then the upholstery and the mechanical parts are in bad shape as well.


Over time, grease, smell, dirt, and stains have made their way into your car. Some are big and obvious while others require a closer look.

Make sure to clean and remove any stain or dirt. Vacuum the interior, including the trunk, dust it, shampoo the seats or any part with textile on it, wash the floor mats or even get new ones if the old ones are too worn out. Use special sprays to remove cigarettes or animal smell.

These are small expenses that could help you get a better offer.


If you’ve added customized items and you don’t plan on including them in the sale, make sure to take them off and remove any sign of them ever being there. In some cases, you may have to buy an inexpensive replacement item, such as a stereo or a backup camera.

On the other hand, make sure to bring any extra set of keys or other built-in accessories like DVDs or SD cards with you. Dealers will offer less if these accessories are missing.


No one expects an old car to be in top shape but the visible the damage, the lower the offer. So, make sure to fix any noticeable damages on the body of your old Nissan.

For example, check all the lights, inside and out, and change them if needed. Level out all the fluids – washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, etc. Maybe there’s a bump or scratch that you can correct or a window you can repair at a glass shop. Check the tires as well and replace them if they are too worn out. You don’t have to buy the top of the line tires; just replace them with a new set of cheap yet reliable tires.

If there’s need of larger and more expensive repairs, compare the costs versus the potential payoff to see if it’s worth it. Make sure to document all the repairs required to get a clear estimation of the value of your car.


Search your drawers for any document that may help the dealer better estimate the car’s value. Bring the vehicle’s title, registration, insurance details, maintenance and repairs records. A car that has been kept up to date to the recommended service schedule has a greater value than one that didn’t.

Gathering all the important documents might get you a better deal.


After putting everything into order, take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved with a critical eye as if you were the dealer. If there are still details that catch your eye, there’s no doubt that the dealer will notice them too.

So, do you like what you see? Considering the car’s history, how much would you pay for it?

By trying to determine your old Nissan’s worth by yourself, you will get you an accurate idea of how much should you expect to get for it. That could help you negotiate a better offer.

The bottom line is that if you want to get the best possible offer for your trade in, you need to spend some time prepping your car. Keep these tips in mind to increase the chances of getting a great offer from your Nissan dealership.

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