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How to Prepare A Vehicle For Trade In

How to Prepare to Trade In a Car Toward a Wheelchair Van

Trading in a car during the purchase of a new one is a common practice. Of course, you want the best offer possible on your old car, but the features and details an appraiser looks for when inspecting a vehicle are not common knowledge. We're happy to share a few tips on how to properly prepare your vehicle for trade-in. The tips and tricks below will help you get the best price possible and provide some insight on specific technicalities that may lower an offer. Keep them in mind when you trade in your vehicle to buy a new or used handicap van from AMS Vans.

What Appraisers Look For

  1. Have your car detailed inside and out. The cleanliness of your vehicle is the appraiser's first impression--and it's a lasting one. Appraisers carefully inspect its aesthetic condition as well as its "under the hood" condition. Cleanliness indicates that you've taken good care of your vehicle. This is the most overlooked thing when taking a car in for trade-in. If the paint has dulled, use a buffing product and a good wax to restore some of the shine.
  2. Consider how your car looks from the driver's seat. What would a potential new owner think? Ask yourself questions such as "Does the interior of the vehicle have an odor?", "Does the rear bumper have stickers on top of bumper stickers?", "Are the knobs and instrument panel in good working condition?” Simple fixes in these areas can add a lot to your trade-in offer.
  3. Repair simple issues such as burned out headlights, light bulbs and blown fuses. If your tires are bald, consider a small investment in clearance or used tires.
  4. Remove dents and dings that can be fixed at a reasonable cost. Have cracks in your windshield filled and repaired. Many insurance companies cover windshield repair and, in some cases, replacement with no deductible.
  5. Change the floor mats. These often have stains that cannot be removed, and a small investment to replace them can improve the interior aesthetics of your vehicle significantly.
  6. Getting an appraisalAppraisers look at the frame for damage or evidence of after-market work, as well as inside for signs of flood damage. Be honest about the work that has been done to the vehicle or if it's been in a major accident. All appraisers run a vehicle history report before making an offer, so being upfront and honest is to your advantage.

 

These simple fixes and modest investments will reap a trade-in offer much higher than keeping your vehicle "as is". You'll more than likely recover the money you invest to spruce up the vehicle in a higher trade-in offer.

AMS Vans will buy used unmodified minivans, or if you want to sell a professionally modified wheelchair vehicle for one of the highest trade-in values in the mobility industry, we're happy to do that too. We're interested in the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, and Volkswagen Routan, among others. We accept many vehicles as a trade-in when you buy a handicap van from us. We also buy our competitor's vehicles, such as Braun, VMI, and Rollx wheelchair vehicles, that you no longer want or need.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2012 Used 2012 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $31,495


  • Stock #: 293753
  • Mileage: 92,040 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2016 Used 2016 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$36,995 $37,690


  • Stock #: 238084
  • Mileage: 37,558 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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