Our Trade-In Process

We want to buy your car,

even if you don't want to buy one of ours?

The Trade-In process might be the cause of most of the confusion and frustration for car shoppers because there are just so many ways to ‘value’ a car, and every source for information has a different value.  So before anything, let’s walk through our Trade-In process here.

Thinking of selling your car?

If you made it to this page you are probably familiar with the types of vehicles we sell and the quality that we demand for our customers.  We are specifically looking for the following types of vehicles for our customers.  The nature of our business model permits us the ability to pay a premium for nice well cared for vehicles.  

What we are looking for?

Makes: Audi, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen.

Specialty models: If you have specialty model aside from the brands listed above.

Mileage: We are looking for vehicles under 65,000 miles. 

Mechanical condition: We are looking for very nice well cared for and serviced vehicles.


Thinking of listing the vehicle yourself!

There are many hurdles that make if difficult to sell a vehicle in a private sale.  Many of today's consumers need financing to purchase their next car, in addition to this a large percent of them also have a vehicle that they have to sell prior to being able to purchase a vehicle.  

  • We take care of any bank payoff on the vehicle.
  • We will pay you your equity in the vehicle at the time of sale.
  • You are secured against any scams and your doing business with a well established business.
  • You do not have to field calls and risk strangers driving your vehicle.
  • You may not realize anymore selling your vehicle privately vs selling it to Automotive Imports.

Thinking of selling a vehicle that is currently leased?

We would love to purchase your leased vehicle prior to its lease expiration.  There are some very important factors to consider when selling a leased vehicle, which make it clearly advantageous to sell to a dealer.  In order for a private individual to sell a leased to another individual you will be required to pay sales tax on the residual value (payoff).  This is because on a leased vehicle you only paid tax on your monthly payment, not the entire vehicle. 

Additional advantages to selling us your leased vehicle prior to lease expiration.  

  • You will not have to pay any lease disposition fee's at the end of your lease per your contract
  • You will not be liable for any lease end damage charges assessed by the the lease company
  • You will not be charged the mileage penalty if you are over your allocated annual mileage  
  • You will not have to pay sales tax on the residual value of the vehicle.
  • We will pay you your equity in the vehicle at the time of sale.
  • You are secured against any scams and your doing business with a well established business..
Research Trade In
Research Trade In

No, we don't drive your car like this. It's a cool picture though!

Getting Hands ON

Next, we drive the car to check for any signs that the vehicle may be in need of some level of servicing.  Things like squeaks and rattles can often be as simple as a trim piece in need of adjusting, or sometimes a sign of something more complex.  We also look at the treadwear on the tires.  Uneven tread wear can be a sign that the alignment is off in some way.  Depending on the age of the vehicle, we will run a diagnostic scan to see the the internal computer is showing a fault code.

A Fair Offer

After we have an idea about what is needed to make the vehicle ready to sell, we compare that with the information we gathered about the market, and then can make you an informed offer for your trade.

To start the Appraisal process, click the KBB link below.  Once you’ve completed it, your vehicle’s information is forwarded to us to begin doing research on your trade.

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