Entering your VIN makes it easiest to compare your vehicle to others in the market for an accurate value.
Although it takes a few extra minutes, completing the condition information will give you a more accurate number. No used car is perfect and we understand that. But since their system is entirely electronic complete information and accuracy is key to a complete guaranteed number.
Look at the AutoTrader TIM value as a guaranteed minimum, NOT the last word. We would like the opportunity to bid on your car regardless of the AutoTrader number. Completing the contact information section in TIM not only locks in their offer, it also sends us the information so we can take a closer look. If you've been accurate and complete in your self-appraisal, there's more than a good chance we can make you an offer that will put a real smile on your face.
When you bring your vehicle in, we check a whole bunch of things:
AutoTrader has set up a program that allows you to get a guaranteed figure on your trade-in without even bringing it in. While we will typically be hundreds--even thousands--of dollars higher when we get to do the physical appraisal, the AutoTrader Trade-in Marketplace might be a good place to start. If nothing else, it will save a lot of time when you come in.
So go ahead and complete the AutoTrader Trade-in Marketplace self appraisal or bring your vehicle in anytime for our full No Bull Appraisal.