How to Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value

Boost Trade in Value

While you probably love your car, you may eventually want to trade in your current ride for another set of wheels. Of course, it may be a while before that happens, but it’s always a good idea to think about your car’s trade-in value now.

That’s why we’re offering our drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, FL, this guide on how to boost your car’s trade-in value. Give it a read and then contact the team at Honda of Bay County when you’re ready to have your car’s value appraised.

1.   Schedule Regular Maintenance


Your vehicle has a manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule that you should carefully follow if you want to boost your car’s trade-in value. A vehicle with an up-to-date maintenance record is more likely to have a higher trade-in value because that shows it’s cared for

You can find your car’s specific maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. You can also contact the factory-trained technicians at our dealership to ask for maintenance interval recommendations.

Generally, it’s important to visit the service center at least once annually. Ideally, you should schedule a regular oil change and tire rotation every 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles or every six months to a year.

2.   Use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts

Use OEM Parts

OEM parts are installed on your vehicle when it’s first built. These come directly from the manufacturer and are most likely to be compatible with your car. These also help your vehicle maintain factory specifications, which can help to boost its trade-in value.

We carry a large inventory of OEM parts here at our dealership for any repairs your car may need. If you require a part that’s a little more specific, we’ll make sure to place a special order and install the part for you when it comes in.

3.   Avoid Permanent Customizations

3. Avoid Permanent Customizations

Just as parts can affect your car’s trade-in value, so can permanent accessories and customizations. Remember, your car should be built as closely to factory specifications as possible if you plan to trade it in at a later time. If you decide to add a little personalization to your vehicle, make sure that it’s removable.

Also, if you need to cover up any dents or dings to your car’s exterior, make sure to have the work done at a factory-certified service center. The technicians will ensure that they touch up any paint with a color that matches factory standards.

4.   Mind Your Mileage


The average driver travels roughly 15,000 miles to 20,000 miles per year. Having a higher-than-average mileage may affect your overall trade-in value when the time comes to swap out your ride for a new one.

If you travel frequently for work or play, consider carpooling or find other ways to avoid racking up excessive mileage on your odometer.

Trade in Your Car at Our Dealership Today

Now that you know how to boost your car’s trade-in value, you can start putting some of these top tips into action. When it’s time to pick out the next car you’ll drive around Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, FL, contact the team at Honda of Bay County and we’ll help you value your trade.

Contact our finance center today!

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