To Sell or Trade…


…THAT is the question.

One of the major considerations when purchasing a new vehicle is what you are going to do with the old one.  Maybe you are keeping it.  Maybe you plan to trade it in.  Or maybe you plan to sell it.  If the latter is the case we would ask you a simple question; have you ever sold a car before?

The next question is; what is your car worth?  Sure you can look it up in Kelly Blue Book or some other type of ratings service that prices cars based upon model, year, condition etc. but that is not always accurate. From year to year there are vehicles that are “soft” or “strong” on book for a variety of reasons.  Volume, resale, and even fuel prices can all play a role in the value of a vehicle at any given time.

Once you decide on a price, there’s the selling part…

Imagine a Saturday afternoon waiting for the guy who said he was going to come by to take a look at your car at 3:00.  It’s 3:10.  And then it’s 3:40.  Finally, you decide to go out to get a bite to eat, when another lady calls and wants to come by RIGHT NOW.  So, you hurry back to the house and she does show up.  Of course, she’s got her brother with her-supposedly a mechanic- who proceeds to point out all of the things that are wrong with the car, how long they would take to fix and after listening to all of  that, she makes you an offer that is just over half of your asking price.

Even if you do sell to a private owner, there are factors like title, and tax and making sure that the person you sell to doesn’t go and pull a bank heist that night in a vehicle that is still technically in your name.

The point is this; Selling a vehicle can be a major pain.  Not only that, but it’s not cheap.  Sure you could put it on Craigslist, but chances are you will want to use a 3rd party web site like Auto Trader or the local paper.  That can be expensive, and your time-and sanity- are worth something too.  And, when all is said and done, you might not get any more than if you would have traded the vehicle in.

We’re not here to tell you what to do, but at least consider the fact that Knudtsen Chevrolet has always offered competitive prices for vehicle trades and each situation is different.

Eve-Knudtsen-editEve Knudtsen says, “It really depends on the vehicle, condition, service records and the entirety of the transaction.  I will tell you this; trade value is much higher if someone bought the vehicle here, especially if they had it serviced here.  The more we know about a vehicle and its history, the more likely we are to pay top dollar for it.  Not only that, but ultimately we want to keep that customer.  Having satisfied customers, vehicle after vehicle is our ultimate goal.”

So what should you do to your vehicle before you bring it in?

The truth is that Knudtsen Chevrolet takes in a lot of vehicle trades.  Every day.  We have seen just about every type of vehicle, in every condition and we are going to fully inspect the vehicle before making any kind of a trade offer.  Other than a cursory wash, and getting the garbage out of the back seat, it really doesn’t do you any good to do a bunch of repairs, or try to make a vehicle into something other than what it is.
We will give you a fair price for it.

“Yeah, we see people put new tires on or get things on the car fixed- even little cosmetic things.  We can do that stuff a lot cheaper than the average customer can and in many cases we will before we resell a car.  Most of the time a customer is not going to make that money back on the trade.  So, for the most part people are better off just bringing the vehicle to us as- is,” Eve explains.

So when it’s time for you to think about a new, or used vehicle and you have one that you won’t be needing anymore, at least consider bringing it to Knudtsen Chevrolet for a trade.  Chances are you’ll be happy with the price we pay for it, and you won’t have to sit around the house waiting for that gal who’s brother is a mechanic;-)

Knudtsen Chevrolet


About eveknudtsen

President of Knudtsen Chevrolet Co.
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