During the car-buying process, we tend to think of the new vehicle that is available and what it can do for you in the future. What if you already have a vehicle that you want to trade in? What is the value of that vehicle and how is that determined by a dealership?

Here at Maguire Lincoln of Ithaca, we are helping drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Corning, NY, get answers to this question. Continue reading below to learn more and find out how dealerships value your trade. 

Determining Trade Value

When you have a vehicle you want to trade in, there can be several ways to get a guideline for what the value will be. Ultimately, the trade value is determined by the dealership based on a variety of factors from a thorough inspection and vehicle history report.

Before you visit a dealership, you can utilize our handy online tools to learn more about your car's value.

Your final value is determined by the condition of the vehicle. Essential parts are examined to make sure the vehicle is in the best possible condition. Once this is determined, you will get a finalized value for the vehicle from the dealership.

Tips for Boosting Trade Value

If you are interested in trading in your vehicle, there are steps you can take before you do to boost the trade value to its best possible outcome.

Before getting your vehicle examined to place a value on it, have any cosmetic damages treated. This allows your vehicle to look the part right away, so keeping it clean and free of scratches and dents can go a long way. If there is any pending service, it would also be advisable to have that completed. Get an oil change done before you trade your vehicle in. Have any parts that need repairing fixed as well.

Let Our Experts Help

You don't have to go through the trade-in process alone at our dealership. Just like when you make a deal with us, our team of finance experts is here to help you get the right value for your ride.

We make sure you have guidance throughout this process, from finding a vehicle that fits your needs to making a new deal to applying the value of your trade-in to your deal. We can answer your questions along the way and make this a smooth process.

Visit Our Dealership

Now that you know how dealerships value my trade and what goes into the trade-in process, it's time for you to work with our team and get the value you deserve. Bring your trade-in to us and let our experts go to work.

Contact us or visit us today at Maguire Lincoln of Ithaca and get the new vehicle you want for the roads of Ithaca, Elmira, and Corning, New York, while getting a fair return value for your trade-in.

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Maguire Lincoln of Ithaca

504 South Meadow St.
Directions Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Sales: (607) 272-8000
  • Service: (607) 272-8000
  • Parts: (607) 272-8000


  • Monday 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday 8am-8pm
  • Wednesday 8am-8pm
  • Thursday 8am-8pm
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 8am-6pm
  • Sunday Closed