Can You Trade-In a Financed Car?

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The short answer is yes: you can still trade-in your car even if you’re still making payments on the auto loan. However, you’ll still be responsible for any remaining balance. How does trading in a financed car work if you haven’t finished paying it off yet? Your dealership can roll your current car loan over into the new car loan, and credit your current vehicle’s trade-in value.

Another common question we hear often from Clayton drivers involves rolling over your auto loan into a lease. So can you trade in a financed car for lease? Sometimes, but there are a lot of details to know before you get started trading in a financed car. Learn more in the guide below form Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis!

How Does Trading in a Financed Car Work?

Can you trade in a financed car even if you owe more on your loan than your car is currently worth? You can if your dealership agrees to pay off the remainder of your loan when they purchase your vehicle. For example: if you owe $8,000 on your auto loan and your dealership purchases your car for $9,000, the dealership now owns your car and your loan is paid off. The remaining $1,000 is then subtracted from the total cost of your new vehicle loan.

What Does it Mean to “Roll Over” A Loan?

When a dealership pays off the remainder of your old loan, it’s known as “rolling over” your old loan into the new one. That means the unpaid portion of your old loan is tacked onto the new one. As a result, you may end up paying higher interest rates over a longer loan term, or higher monthly loan payments than you would otherwise.Can you trade-in a financed car for lease? You may be able to roll the money you owe from your past car loan into new lease payments — but only if you’re in good standing with your current loan payments. Otherwise, your lender may not be on board, and most lenders won’t allow you to roll negative equity into your new loan payments. If you’re still unsure how to proceed, our team is happy to help! Contact our finance center for more info on leasing vs. financing your next vehicle.

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