How are Used Cars Valued?

Are you in the process of selling or purchasing a used car? You're probably working hard to determine what a fair price might be for such a vehicle. While there are quite a few factors at work for used car valuation in Syracuse, Liverpool and Oneida, there are a few qualifiers that hold true across the board. Check out our list of factors, then take a look at the used car inventory at Bill Rapp Pre-Owned Super Store in Syracuse, New York.

Vintage & Condition

The first thing we look at when doing a price evaluation of a used car is the age and condition of the vehicle. The age of the car will let you know whether the vehicle is still under the original manufacturer warranty and what parts might need replacing in the near future. When you take a trade-in to sell as a used car, we want to make sure you are going to get a reliable, healthy vehicle. 

We'll also look at the condition of the vehicle, to ensure that the regular maintenance and service has been done on the vehicle. Vehicles that are in exceptionally good condition and meet the requirements of the Honda certified pre-owned program will be inspected and will potentially yield a higher price.

One thing to keep in mind is that the condition of the vehicle is incredibly important, as well as mileage. Whether you plan to keep your used vehicle for a couple of years or for the long haul, it's very important that you keep up with all of the regular maintenance and service to ensure the longevity of the vehicle, as well as a good return on your investment.

Market Evaluation

After we determine the vintage and condition of the vehicle in question, we'll take a look at how the vehicle is faring on the market in Oneida, Liverpool and Syracuse, since that's where the majority of our customers are from. You can get a pretty good view of this by checking out the Kelley Blue Book website and using the used car values page. 

For best results, use the Trade In and Private Party Values page so you get a clear picture of what you can expect to get in both situations. If you have a vehicle in high demand you can expect to get a better price than for a vehicle that is incredibly common in your area.

Get a Used Car Trade-In Estimate

If you're considering purchasing a used vehicle at Bill Rapp Pre-Owned Superstore, you can get started online right now. Check out our huge online inventory, then use the Value My Trade form to determine the value of your trade-in vehicle. You'll get a loose estimate to give you an idea of where the pricing might be. 

Once we see the vehicle in person at our showroom at 3451 Burnet Avenue in Syracuse, New York, we'll be able to give you a fair market trade-in evaluation for your vehicle. Check out our used and certified pre-owned vehicle inventory on our website now, or give us a call at (877) 351-6044 to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.

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