How to Trade-In a Car

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When the times come to purchase your next vehicle, you’ll either need to sell or trade-in your current vehicle. Selling a car can be a hassle, which is why Ladue drivers are often wondering how to trade-in a car. The finance center at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis shows shoppers how to trade-in a car to apply the value to their next purchase. 

Value Your Trade-In

When covering how to trade-in your car, the first step is to assess your trade-in value. To make this easy, Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis has an online trade-in tool to provide an accurate estimate. Input basic information like your car’s year, make, and model, along with your name and contact information. It will prompt you to include information about your vehicle’s condition before receiving your estimate. If you want to continue your research, you can check other online tools, such as Kelley Blue Book® Value.

Schedule an Appraisal 

After receiving your estimate, you’ll want to bring your vehicle into our dealership in St. Louis to receive a final appraisal. Your vehicle will be assessed inside and out and compared to what’s on the local market to provide you with the most accurate offer during your appointment. You’ll also want to prepare for this appointment by bringing a copy of your estimate and any other appraisals or estimates you have received. 

Accept or Negotiate Your Trade

Once our service team has completed their appraisal, you have two options- you can accept the offer or try to negotiate for a better price or deal on a new vehicle purchase. The process is straightforward, making it much easier than attempting to sell your vehicle on your own. Other reasons to choose a dealership trade-in are: 

  • While many used-car retailers are firm in their offers, dealerships like Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis are often more flexible, giving you the option to haggle for better pricing. 
  • If you’re looking to trade-in a financed car and are upside down on your loan, a dealership finance center will provide you with options. 

The next step after you’ve accepted an offer is to trade your vehicle in for cash or apply the value to a new vehicle purchase or lease. 

Trade-In Your Vehicle With Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis!

Frontenac drivers looking to trade-in their vehicles will appreciate the easy process and fair pricing found at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis! If you have questions about your trade-in estimate or are looking to schedule your final appraisal, connect with us today in St. Louis! And don’t miss our other car-buying tips as you begin searching for your new vehicle!

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Enter basic information to figure out the estimated auto loan rate or monthly payment amount for a new Mercedes-Benz, and value the trade- in of your current vehicle. Contact us with any questions you may have.


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Pre-owned pricing includes all offers and incentives. Tax, Title and Tags not included in vehicle prices shown and must be paid by the purchaser. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, errors do occur so please verify information with a customer service rep. This is easily done by calling us at (314) 647-2400 or by visiting us at the dealership.

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**With approved credit. Terms may vary. Monthly payments are only estimates derived from the vehicle price with a 72 month term, 5.9% interest and 20% downpayment.

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