You’re ready to hit the dealerships to purchase a new car, but how will you get your existing set of wheels off your hands? Maybe your car is already in tip-top shape but there are some things you can do to put a little extra cash in your pocket. Here are 6 simple tips to help add up to an extra $1,000 at trade-in time.

  1. Complete general maintenance

    While you don’t need to spend a ton of cash and give your car a complete makeover, the better your car’s condition, the more money you’ll make when you trade it in. For example, if your car has a burned out headlight, replace it. Also, make sure there are no warning lights glowing on the dashboard and top off the windshield washer fluid, too. While it might be tempting to just let the next owner worry about these things, leaving anything unrepaired at sale time brings your care as an owner into question.

  2. Break out the wax and polish

    If your car’s paint job is looking a bit faded, break out the wax and polish to help add some value to your car. While all the wax and polish might never get your car completely back to the color and shine it once had, it’ll certainly freshen it up.

  3. Provide service documentation

    Maybe you’ve done all the right things and your car’s maintenance record is spotless, but can you prove it? Pull together all your maintenance and repair records. This will help show prospective buyers that you really cared about your car and that’s what a potential owner wants to know.

  4. Freshen up the interior

    Pull out those removable floor mats and give them a good clean. Clean and treat the leather or upholstery for stains, vacuum and clean the carpeting. Use glass cleaner and wipe down the windows. A clean and good-smelling interior will go a long ways with a potential buyer!

  5. Shine those wheels

    Shiny wheels look new and can help add value to your car. Take the time to get in there and clean out dirt, dust and grime. Then swab a tire shine product on the tire sidewalls to make them look like new.

  6. Fix those scratches and dents

    While it’s probably not worth investing in serious body work, fixing small scratches or parking lot dings can pay-off. Many minor paint scratches and scuffs can be polished out. Dents can usually be repaired for a small cost but fixing these small scuffs and dings can certainly put some cash in your pocket.

Protect What Matters

When you’ve purchased your new car, contact your local Farm Bureau Agent and protect what matters most. When you choose auto insurance with Farm Bureau Financial Services, you’re choosing a company that offers a range of options to help keep you safe, both on the road and off.