At Tom's Ford, we believe in making car shopping and car buying as easy as possible. One way we make that goal achievable for our customers is by offering a hassle-free way to sell their used cars. Not everyone has the time or desire to become a private party seller — and that’s where Tom's Ford comes in. We will buy your car, so you don’t have to worry about posting ads or screening buyers. “We will help you put your vehicle’s value towards the new or pre-owned vehicle you truly want, because at Tom’s Ford humanity comes standard™”
If you’re wondering, “What is my used car worth?” the answer is just a few clicks away! Using our handy value your trade-in calculator, you can get an estimated car trade-in value from the comfort of your home or office. Simply input some information about your car into the trade-in value calculator, as well as your contact information, and you’ll have an estimate right away. If you’d like to do additional research, you can cross-reference using popular resources, such as Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds True Market Value®. Keep in mind, there are a few factors that affect trade-in value, including:
After you’ve received your trade-in estimate, it’s time for an appraisal of your vehicle! Our Keyport dealership can take of this step for you. We’ll examine the condition of your car and make sure it’s a good fit for our used car inventory. When you visit for your car’s appraisal, be sure to bring your trade-in estimate!
Once we’ve examined your car, you can negotiate or accept our offer and finalize the sale. We pride ourselves on offering the fairest possible offer on trade-in vehicles, aiming to make the trade-in process transparent and simple. In fact, there are a couple of major advantages to selling your car to a dealership, including:
You can haggle at a dealership. We encourage our customers to always do their own research to make sure they’re getting the most reasonable trade-in offers.
Can you trade in a car you still owe on? You can with a dealership. If you’re upside down on your car loan, you can consolidate what’s owed on your current car with the price of your new ride.
Yes! The offer you will receive online is real. Once you have an online offer we will inspect the vehicle to make sure that the condition matches the information we received. Some offers may change depending on condition of vehicle during inspection.
Yes! You are free to make an appointment or stop by the dealership to receive an offer in person.
If you accept the offer and are ready to sell your vehicle to Tom’s Ford, you can either make an appointment or stop by the store within 7 days of receiving said offer. We will then inspect the vehicle to make sure it matches the description and once that is finished, you get paid! It’s that simple!
Yes, you can. If you have positive equity on the car (as in it’s worth more than what you currently owe), you can trade it in easily. The dealer will purchase the car and pay off the loan, then they’ll put what’s left toward the new vehicle price, giving you a major advantage. If you have negative equity on the car (as in it’s worth less than what you currently owe), the dealer may still buy the car and pay off the loan, but the difference will be rolled into your new car loan — meaning you’ll still need to pay it off eventually.
There’s no time limit that’s set in stone, but it’s a good idea to wait until you have positive equity.
Being “upside down” on a car loan is the same thing as having negative equity. If, for example, you owe $30,000 on a car that’s worth $25,000, you have negative equity.
If you still owe money on the car, you can trade it in for a cheaper one. If, for example, you owe $15,000 and the car is worth $20,000, the dealer can purchase the car as a trade-in, pay off the loan, and put the $5,000 toward your new auto loan as equity. If you don’t owe money on the car and own it outright, there’s nothing stopping you from trading it in for a cheaper car; you can do what you’d like with it.
If you have questions about how to trade in a car that is paid off, or how to get the best possible offer, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 732-709-1133. While you’re here, be sure to browse our current new and pre-owned car specials to start shopping for your next great offer near Hazlet!