How to Prepare and Sell or Trade in Your Vehicle to a Dealership


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If your vehicle isn’t running quite like it used to, or you’re just ready to upgrade to something new and shiny, you should consider trading in! With inventory becoming scarce at the moment, and used car values hitting record highs, dealers are currently offering top dollar for trade-ins. The trade-in process is generally much simpler than a private sale, and putting the value toward a new vehicle can lower your monthly payments.

Whether you’re trading in your vehicle for a new new car or a new-to-you car, or just selling an extra vehicle for the cash, ReCar is here to help you every step of the way!


As we’ve mentioned, ReCar is always excited to give you the best offers for your used vehicle(s), whether you’re planning to buy from us or not! Our policy is worry-free and no pressure service, and our goal is to simply help your used vehicle journey be as satisfying as it can. So let’s begin this new adventure together!


Wanting to keep this process quick and easy for our customers, ReCar doesn’t require a long list of preparation to appreciate the value of your pre-loved vehicle. You won’t need to worry about any blemishes or minor fixes, we always see potential and these will not affect your vehicle’s value! The only things we would suggest to make your experience even swifter are to:

Gather important documents

Such as the vehicle’s registration and service records, and:

Bring all extras and spares

Be sure to bring all spare keys, and/or other extra accessories of the vehicle. If the navigation system has a DVD or an SD card associated with it, you’ll want to bring those in as well.

You’ll tell us about your car by scanning or typing in your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), answering a few simple questions and sharing some photos of your vehicle. We’ll then contact you (with no additional fees) within 3 business hours with a firm offer. 

Once you’ve accepted our offer, we will contact you about scheduling an appointment to confirm the vehicle’s condition and transfer title. When this is complete, you can wave goodbye to your used vehicle and go cash your cheque!

If you would like to sell your pre-loved car to us at ReCar, you can submit your information right here on our website and we will be in contact ASAP!

And if you’d like to check out the variety of our pre-loved inventory, you can do so right here!

We hope this information eases your mind and gets you excited for the next step of your used vehicle journey! If you have any further questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our wonderful online chat team that is available to you 24/7 right here on our website! Or, you can scroll to the bottom of our page where you can find the phone number to your nearest ReCar dealership!