You can trade in your car for a newer, more economical or better looking car at Autostore, in just four easy steps:
At Autostore, we'll make the whole process simple and flexible. So, if you'd rather wait until you've found your next car before getting a valuation on your current car, that's up to you; or if you want to know how much you have to spend before starting the search for your ideal car, that's fine with us, too. Just be sure that we're here to help, every step of the way.
Online, at a franchised dealership or an independent car showroom, buying a car has never been easier. Whether you’re buying new or used, using cash or finance, or a combination of the two, the options are varied and there’s usually something to suit every driver and every budget. But what if, like 35 million of us Brits, you’ve already got a car?
Luckily, it’s not a case of having to stick with your existing motor until it’s only fit for scrap. Neither do you have to go through the stress of selling your car before you can think about buying a new(er) model. Thanks to part-exchange (PX), you can replace your car quickly and relatively hassle-free.
As conscientious automotive retailers, we’re eager to help you find your ideal, affordable car and this includes allowing you to get the best out of your current car. Here’s how the part-exchange process works...
Any car retailer offering part-exchange will happily provide you with a free, no-obligation quote on the value of your existing car. The quote will be based on current industry data so that you can be confident that figures are accurate and up-to-date. The valuation will take into account:
Take a look at recent selling prices of similar used cars, to see whether you’ve been made a reasonable offer. Don’t forget that you’ll have to factor in the convenience aspect of the part-exchange quote, such as the cost of not having to advertise or invest time in selling your car privately, so a part-exchange valuation could be lower than prices advertised by private sellers.
If you like the look of the numbers, all you need to do is accept the quote.
Now that you know how much deposit you have coming from the vehicle you want to part-exchange, you can work out your budget for your next car or van. You’ll already know what you need from a car, whether that be space for a family, economy for city driving, comfort for the daily commute, or all three.
Time to browse the Autostore range to find your ideal car.
When you’ve found the vehicle you want to buy, all you’ll have to do is bring the car or van that you’re part-exchanging and its associated paperwork to the retailer who’ll give it all the once over to check its in the expected condition. You’ll need:
Then seal the deal with a handshake and swap keys. Of course, there’ll be the usual signatures required and you’ll have to arrange payment of the balance on the asking price, if there is one. If this involves a finance agreement, you’ll also need to bring with you:
You should check with your sales advisor exactly which documents you’ll require.
The simple answer is: Yes! You’ll just have to add a few more steps before the process that we’ve outlined above.
If you’ve ended your HP agreement on your vehicle, it’s 100% yours and you can sell or part-exchange it without concern.
At the end of a PCP agreement, you can make the final balloon payment to make the car or van yours, and then part-exchange, using the full value towards your new vehicle. Or, you can ask the car retailer to pay the balloon payment for you and, if the car is valued higher than the Guaranteed Future Value, they’ll use the balance as deposit on your new car.
If your HP or PCP contract hasn’t run its course, you can still part-exchange. You’ll have to request a settlement fee from your finance provider, which, on payment will allow you to close the contract early. Alternatively, the dealer can transfer the settlement fee to a new finance agreement to pay off both your old and new car simultaneously.
Then all you have to do is follow steps one to four above and, hey presto, you’ve secured your next car by part-exchange!
If you still aren’t clear on any of the part exchange process, pop into Autostore at Penrith or Lancaster for some free, no-obligation advice. We’ll chat through the options and set you on the road to owning your next car.
Get started by checking out the valuation on your car, here.