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How to Trade in a Car That is Not Paid Off

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You may have heard of friends or family in Caledon who have traded in vehicles at dealerships for either a new vehicle or for cash. The trade-in process is actually quite straightforward when you have completely paid off your car, however, there are more steps if your car’s not paid off. Learn how to trade in a car you still owe on from the finance team at Mercedes-Benz Brampton below and learn how you can trade in your car that’s not paid off.

How to Trade in A Car That is Not Paid Off: Equity

Determining the financial situation you are in is the first step in learning how to trade in a car you still owe on. You will likely be either in:

  • Positive Equity: Your car is worth more than what you still owe.
  • Negative Equity: Your car is worth less than what you still owe.

You can easily determine which type of equity you have. First, figure out how much you still owe on your vehicle. Then, determine it’s worth through Kelley Blue Book® values, and assess how much you are getting from trade-in offers. If the offer is less than the amount you owe, then it is negative equity. If the offer is more than how much you still owe, then it is positive.

Having positive equity puts you in a pretty idyllic situation for the trade in process. You can simply perform the trade-in your current Orangeville ride without owing any amount. There is a chance you could even have some extra funds to put towards your next car!

On the other hand, negative equity requires further assessment of your financial options to determine what works best for your specific situation.

How to Trade in A Car You Still Owe On with Negative Equity

Here are a few of the options for Georgetown drivers to explore when it comes to trading in their next vehicle:

  1. Make up the difference you still owe after accounting for the trade-in price. This is the first option you should consider, since it can easily turn your situation for the better. While not everyone will have enough spare cash to do this, it will work in your favour if you do.
  2. Another option is to transfer the amount you still owe over to a new loan. Most people choose this option when they have negative equity and want to trade in their current vehicle that’s not paid off. However, transferring the amount to your new loan can increase the monthly payment, and in the end, you will still be paying for a car that you traded in. In other words, this will make you upside-down in your new loan. If you can’t keep up with your current car payments, and you are downsizing with a cheaper car, this could be the best option for you.
  3. If those two options aren’t for you, then you should work with a third party and see how the trade-in offers compare to the ones you have gotten from your local dealerships.
  4. If you still have negative equity with a higher appraisal value, then negotiate with the initial dealership you went to. Provide them the offer you got from a third-party company and ask them to match it. If they cannot match it, you can try to ask the dealer for a value of the difference you still owe, so you can sell your car outright to the third-party company while having the difference transferred to your new loan.

Our team at Mercedes-Benz Brampton is happy to help you determine the right process for you, and we want to remind you to always read a contract before signing.

Explore the Trade-in Process at Mercedes-Benz Brampton

If you still have questions regarding how to trade in a car that is not paid off, reach out to the finance experts at Mercedes-Benz Brampton. We can help you! Have other questions related to car buying or selling? Be sure to explore our car buying tips for other helpful reads, including our overview of how to refinance a car loan.

 

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