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5 Tips to Maximise Your Toyota Trade-In Value

19 May 2020

When it comes time to trade-in your trusty Toyota, you want to ensure that you maximise the value of your vehicle. To help you achieve your goal, we’ve created a quick list of the top five tips for increasing your Toyota trade-in value.

1. Make the most of a Toyota Service Plan

If you’re looking to maximise the car resale value of your Toyota, the best thing you can do is ensure your car boasts a full service and maintenance history with Al-Futtaim Toyota. Not only does a service plan and contract help reassure buyers that they can trust the condition of the vehicle, it’s also fully transferable to the new owner, increasing the value of the vehicle as a result.

If you’d like to find out more about Al-Futtaim Toyota Service Plans, you can visit our dedicated Service Plans page.

2. Ensure the tyres and bodywork are ready for inspection

The first things anyone notices when looking at a used car are the bodywork and tyres. They make a crucial first impression on potential buyers and can be the difference between getting the price you wanted and having to accept a reduced offer.

While giving your car a good clean, wax and polish is a great place to start, you may need to go a little further. Dings and dents in the panelling must be fixed and you should check the tread on the tyres to ensure that they’re not too old.

Our dedicated Detailing & Polishing aftersales service will do a lot of the hard work for you. Not only will we give both the interior and exterior of your vehicle a comprehensive clean and polish, we’ll wash your tyres, too. If you need to replace your tyres, take a look at our Tyres aftersales service.

3. Dazzle prospective buyers with bright lights

When it comes to maximising the amount you receive for second hand cars, it’s all about making a good impression and getting the little details right. That means focusing on those parts of the vehicle that buyers are most likely to notice, such as the headlights.

Over time, the plastic casing that protects your headlights can be damaged by sunlight. The thin film that protects from UV rays deteriorates and the plastic itself begins to oxidise, reducing the brightness of the lights.

Our Headlight Rejuvenation aftersales service removes this surface damage from the plastic casing, ensuring your lights look as good as new. Far more cost-effective than replacing all of the bulbs and plastic casings, it’s an excellent way to maximise returns on your pre-owned Toyota.

4. Enjoy the reassurance of a Toyota warranty

A Toyota warranty not only guarantees you peace of mind when you own the vehicle, it also increases the value of the car when you come to sell it. If you’re buying a new Toyota, consider taking out a warranty to protect your investment and to ensure you get what your car is worth when it’s time to sell it.

5. Buy Reliable, Buy Toyota

When it comes down to it, the single most important factor in the resale value of your car is the manufacturer. If you buy a vehicle from a trusted manufacturer that’s well respected in the industry and has a reputation for quality, your car will hold its value better. Opt for a lesser-known or contentious manufacturer and you’re unlikely to get what you want for your vehicle.

That’s why Toyota vehicles are known as one of the most desirable vehicles on the market. When you buy Toyota, you choose quality and you buy for the future.