Value Your Trade

We Will Buy Your Car! – Value My Trade Tool

At Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we believe in making car shopping and car buying as easy as possible. One way we make that goal achievable for our Marrero customers is by offering a hassle-free way to sell their used cars. Not everyone has the time or desire to become a private party seller — and that’s where Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram comes in. We will buy your car, so you don’t have to worry about posting ads or screening buyers. Then, we’ll help you put your car’s value toward the new or pre-owned vehicle you truly want.

Use our trade-in calculator to get a fair estimate of what your vehicle’s worth! Then you can shop and save with Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We offer an incredible inventory of new and used vehicles to ensure you can take on all of your New Orleans-area travels with pride. Review our shopping tips below to get started using our car value calculator!

What is the Trade-In Value of My Car? 

If you’re wondering, “What is my used car worth?” the answer is just a few clicks away! Using our handy value your-trade-in calculator, you can get an estimated car trade-in value from the comfort of your New Orleans home or office. Simply input some information about your car into the car value calculator, as well as your contact information, and you’ll have an estimate right away. Keep in mind, there are a few factors that affect the value when you want to “value my trade,” including: 

  • Mileage 
  • Mechanical condition 
  • Car features 
  • Exterior/Interior condition 
  • Market landscape 

How Do You Trade in a Car?

After you’ve received your trade-in estimate from our car value calculator, it’s time for an appraisal of your vehicle! Our Harvey dealership can take care of this step for you. We’ll examine the condition of your car and make sure it’s a good fit for our used car inventory. When you visit for your car’s appraisal, be sure to bring your trade-in estimate! 

Once we’ve examined your car, you can negotiate or accept our offer and finalize the sale. We pride ourselves on offering the fairest possible offer on trade-in vehicles, aiming to make the trade-in process transparent and simple. In fact, there are a couple of major advantages to selling your car to a dealership, including:

  • You can haggle at a dealership. We encourage our customers to always do their own research to make sure they’re getting the most reasonable trade-in offers. Our value my trade tool is a great place to start, but you can examine the local market on your own to make an informed decision. 
  • Can you trade in a car you still owe on? You can with a dealership. If you’re upside down on your car loan, you can consolidate what’s owed on your current car with the price of your new ride. 

Value Your Trade-In: FAQs

Q: Can you trade in a financed car?

A: Yes, you can. If you have positive equity on the car (as in it’s worth more than what you currently owe), you can trade it in easily. The dealer will purchase the car and pay off the loan, then they’ll put what’s left toward the new vehicle price, giving you a major advantage. If you have negative equity on the car (as in it’s worth less than what you currently owe), the dealer may still buy the car and pay off the loan, but the difference will be rolled into your new car loan — meaning you’ll still need to pay it off eventually. 

Q: How soon can you trade in a financed car? 

A: There’s no time limit that’s set in stone, but it’s a good idea to wait until you have positive equity. 


Q: What does it mean to be “upside down” on a car loan?

A: Being “upside down” on a car loan is the same thing as having negative equity. If, for example, you owe $30,000 on a car that’s worth $25,000, you have negative equity. 


Q: Can I trade in my car for a cheaper car? 

A: If you still owe money on the car, you can trade it in for a cheaper one. If, for example, you owe $15,000 and the car is worth $20,000, the dealer can purchase the car as a trade-in, pay off the loan, and put the $5,000 toward your new auto loan as equity. If you don’t owe money on the car and own it outright, there’s nothing stopping you from trading it in for a cheaper car; you can do what you’d like with it. 


Q: Where’s the best place to trade in a car?

A: If you’re looking for the best trade-in value, finding the right partner for your transaction is essential. So, where can you find the best trade-in deals? If you’re near Harvey, then Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is the place to sell your car! When you work with us, you’ll get aggressive compensation for your vehicle! We take pride in offering top-dollar for each car we buy. Whether you’re selling to us to make an upgrade or you simply want the cash, you’ll enjoy a simple, convenient, and transparent process.

Learning how to negotiate your trade-in value is simple. When you maximize the value of your vehicle, the case makes itself. So, how do you get the most out of your trade? By keeping it in good condition! A  strong service record over the lifespan of a vehicle is a very marketable trait. If you keep up with routine car care, your car will be incredibly valuable when it comes time to sell. What’s more, you can also study the local market and negotiate a better price if you feel our team missed something in our inspection. We’re always happy to negotiate on a fair price!


Q: Should I fix my car before trading in?

A: As mentioned above, a well-conditioned vehicle is desirable on the second-hand market. So, should you boost your trade-in value by fixing your car before trading in? While it may come as a surprise, we’d advise against it! Fixing up a car can sometimes be a great expense that doesn’t always pay off!

If you’re asking, “Do I need to fix my car before a trade?” chances are you’re watching your bottom line. So it might come as a relief that we recommend not taking on any major repairs before selling your car to a dealership. But why is that? A dealership service center can handle repairs for less than what a retail customer would pay. So, it’s unlikely that the cost of your repairs will increase the value of your vehicle enough to justify the work. At Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we’ll take your vehicle as-is, pay you a fair price, and recondition it for the next customer!

Make Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Your Automotive Partner Today! 

If you have questions about how to trade in a car that is paid off, how to use our trade-in calculator, or how to get the best possible offer, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 504-363-1999. While you’re here, be sure to browse our current new and pre-owned car specials to start shopping for your next great offer near Gretna

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