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Tips For Trading Your Car In When Your Family Gets Bigger

7th Feb 2016

When you make the transition between a single person to a person with a family, especially one that is expanding with the addition of children on the way, then you have to start making decisions about the size of your primary family vehicle.


There are a million jokes about people trading in the cars they love for a minivan, but just because it’s funny doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t true. So, some good suggestions and tips for you when it comes time to do the trade include making sure you understand how to find trade values, planning for the future, understanding car seat basics, researching recall information, and considering budgeting for different mileage costs.

Learn the Trade Value

When you go to buy a new car, as to see if the dealerships can show you trade value calculations. This is the simplest way to get a direct answer, and if you choose to buy a car at that dealership, then there won’t be any question of exactly how much money you’ll be saving by swapping your old car out in the process. If you don’t want to go through the effort of selling your old car yourself, this is really an excellent and efficient option.

Plan for the Future

Realize that when you trade for a new car because your family is getting bigger, you’re going to be adding people that get bigger over time as well. So unless you want to do multiple trades every few years, consider that you may want to trade in for something that gives everyone involved a bit of extra room to grow.

Make Sure You Understand Car Seats

When you trade your car in for a new one, also be sure to understand the basics of car seats for your new addition. New car seats have all sort of additional safety features locked into them these days, but they require certain amounts of space, and places to put straps through, and things like that, so you want to make sure that you pick a car that you can work with safely with respect to your car seats of choice.

Pay Attention To Recall Information

There are a lot of automotive safety recalls out there. And when you go to trade in your car, be sure that you are aware of any recalls on your new vehicle of choice. Ask the owner or the dealer which ones have been taken care of, or which ones still need to be dealt with.

Consider Budgeting for Different Mileage Costs

And finally, realize that after trading your car in for a new one, the cost per mile is going to be different, perhaps significantly if you move up from a small, average-powered car up into something like a van that has more size, weight and power to it.

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