The Efficient Way of
Trading in Your RV
This page gives you the easy steps in preparing you and your RV to maximize the value of your trade-in.
The Efficient Way of Trading in Your RV…Step 2
Preparing your RV for Trading it in!
Okay, now you have your list from Step 1. Now it’s time to maximize the value of your trade-in. That means getting it in the best condition that you can get it in before taking it down to the dealership to get a trade appraisal.
When trading in your RV, the three biggest factors in determining the value of your RV is…
Lesser factors that has a factor in your trade-in value are…
Season and availability? Yes, these are factors that will be going over in Step 3. But for now, in this step, the focus is condition.
There’s nothing you can really do for age and mileage. They are what they are. I mean you’ve drove that camper van 127,983 miles and you’ve enjoyed every moment of it. That mileage is the mileage it will be valued at; just like trading in your car or truck. Likewise the age of your RV. Your travel trailer is a 2005 model and you’ve had a ton of fond memories and adventures in it. A dealership isn’t going to evaluate it as a 2019 model. Age and mileage are inexorable factors.
But one factor you do have total control over is the condition of your RV. An RV in top condition will most certainly yield a top trade-in value (for the year it was made and mileage it’s a motorhome or van).
Hence, if your RV looks like a million bucks, it’s more likely to be worth more money. The more you can make your RV look and feel like new, the more it will be worth when it comes time to trade it in.
Let’s face it, no one wants an RV that looks like it hasn’t been taken care of. And a dealership isn’t going to offer out money if they have to invest money to get your RV cleaned up and or fixed up.
It’s a good trade in practice to make sure everything is as clean as possible and in good working order. Here is a list of things that you should take care of before trading in your RV if you want the best trade-in value:
Even paying the neighbor kids each a $20 bill to wash and scrub the exterior will easily be worth it in the long run as far as appearances goes at the dealership.
How much of this you want to do is up to you. Say if you don’t want to get the worn out hide-a-bed sofa reupholstered or the hole in the worn out arm patched up because you don’t want to invest the money or the time. Or you just flat out don’t want to deal with the dent in the sheet metal near the rear bumper than spend time and money repairing it. That is okay. However, to set expectations, that worn out sofa with the hole patch will be factored in the trade-in value.
With those expectations set now, attending to the details listed above will make your RV look a lot more appealing and sought after by a dealership. Ensuring that everything is neat, tidy and in working order will maximize the trade-in value of your RV. If there is nothing wrong with the RV, you can feel confident knowing that you will get the most value possible for your RV when trading it in for a new one or upgrading to a larger pre-owned RV.