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Preparing Your Car to Sell to the Dealership

So, you’re ready to say good-bye to your car. Maybe you want to replace it because it’s giving you more trouble than you want to deal with; or, maybe just want a change - something new or newer.

Of course, you’d like to get the most money out of your car. At Carousel Pre-Owned, we want to help our customers be informed, so here are a few things you can do to prepare your car so you get the most for trade-in:

First impression counts. Like meeting someone for the first time, what a dealer sees first matters and can be a factor in how much you will get for your car. If the dealer sees a car that is immaculate and smells good, they will know it was taken care of by its previous owner and they are more likely to see the car in a positive light. So clean your car - get it washed, waxed and polished. Vacuum your car and remove all personal belongings, including what you have in the trunk. Better yet, spend a little money and get it detailed. If your car mats are old and stained, it may not hurt to splurge on news ones.

Fix the little things. Is your brake light out, or does your windshield wiper need replacing? Fix the simple things. Check all your lights and replace them, if needed. Buff out any exterior dings, if you can.

Check your car’s fluid levels. Top off your windshield washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, etc. Get an oil change if it’s needed too.

Collect important documents, including extras. Gather all important documents pertaining to your car. This includes the car manual, service records, registration, your car’s title, of course, and any other accessories that came with the car.

Test drive your car. Take your car for a drive and put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. Make a note of any issues you experience with the car.

Find out your car’s estimated value. Having all the pros and cons of your car in mind, look up your used car’s estimated value. There are many sources at your disposal, like Kelley Blue Book, NADAguides, the Black Book, Edmunds.com. Each can give you a good idea of the value of your car.

Carousel Pre-Owned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Carousel Pre-Owned has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa. 

What to Include in a Car Survival Kit

Date: April 13 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

At Carousel Preowned, we are proud to be a used car and automotive leader in our community. Our customers are very important to us and our customer care goes beyond purchasing a vehicle; we want you to be safe. We encourage everyone to carry a Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Read more to learn what  you need in your Survival Kit.

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15 Car Buying Questions You Should Ask

Date: Mar. 29 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

It’s a rare person who enjoys the car buying process. More often than not, we find ourselves wondering what questions we should ask when we’re at the dealership. And when we do purchase a new car, we wonder “Did I get a good deal?”

Getting a good deal is more than just price. At Carousel Preowned, we want to help our customers be informed; help them know what questions to ask. So, we’ve compiled a list of 15 car buying questions you should ask. Some of these questions may not be applicable to your situation and there may even be more that we forgot, but it’s a start and we hope it’s helpful.

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Cost Considerations for Used Cars

Date: Mar. 22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’re considering purchasing a new or used car, but when it comes to the cost and your budget – what should you know about? For starters, used cars are the most affordable. The average new car can range anywhere from $20,000 to $55,000 according to Kelly Blue Book. While the average used car can range anywhere from a few thousand to the average $13,000.

Beyond the sticker price, it’s smart to get ahead of expenses like maintenance, repairs, parking, gas and more. To get a handle on your budget, determine ceilings for down payment costs, monthly payments, insurance in addition to miscellaneous expenses like parking and gas. Here’s what you need to remember when budgeting for your used car.

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Types of Used Cars

Date: Mar. 15 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

If you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll want to understand what types of used cars there are and what to look for before setting out on your search. Here’s a look at the types of used cars and what to consider.

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What to Know if You're Selling Your Car to a Dealership

Date: Mar. 6 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’re ready to sell your car. You have a few options, some easier than others. You can sell it on your own, privately. This will often get you the most money, however it requires a great deal of time and effort. You can use sites like Cars.com or AutoTrader, which also require time and effort. Or, you can sell your car to a dealership. Here’s what you need to know if you’re selling your car to a dealership.

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How Much Mileage Is Good For A Used Car

Date: Feb.22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

There are many reasons why buying a used car rather than a new car is a wise choice. But there are also factors that should be taken into consideration before purchasing a used car. Good mileage is one them. But how much mileage is good for a used car? Here’s what to know before purchasing a used car.

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Buying A Car for Your Teen

Date: Feb.1 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

If you're buying a used car for your teenager, here are a few things to keep in mind before you go to the dealership. 

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What You Need to Know When Test-Driving A Used Car

Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Buying a car can be a big decision. Making the most of a test drive is a simple matter of common sense, careful observation, and knowing what to look for. Read on for how to prepare yourself for this all-important experience and what to keep track of when taking a car out for the first time.

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Used Car Buyers Checklist

Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

You’ve decided to purchase a new car – fantastic! We invite you to look at our online selection of  used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles. We are confident that your dream car is here on our parking lot.  As you’re looking for your vehicle, we’ve compiled a helpful checklist for you to reference to help ensure a fantastic customer experience.  

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Advantages of Buying a Used Car

Date: Jan. 11, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping

Used cars are a great option for all kinds of drivers. They offer benefits like having more options and lower prices, making them an excellent and affordable choice. If you’re considering buying a used car, read on to find out more about how Carousel Preowned can help.

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The Carousel Preowned Difference

Date: Dec. 29, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

When you decide to purchase a car, truck or SUV from a Carousel 2, you’ve made a good decision. Shopping at Carousel 2 ensures that you’ll obtain a high-quality automobile that has already met our high standards. Read about a  few benefits you can experience when you shop with us in Iowa.

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10 Things to Do Before You Buy a Car

Date: Dec. 19, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

Buying your first car can seem a little daunting. There are many makes and models to choose from with a variety of features. It can be difficult to sort through the options and find the best car for you. Consider these ten tips before you buy a car.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car

Date: Nov. 13, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping

If you are looking to buy a car for yourself or a family member, consider purchasing a used car instead of a new car. Carousel Preowned is a trusted used car dealer, and we believe that our high-quality used cars will fulfill your transportation needs.

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Date: Feb. 7, 2017 | Category: Chevrolet Malibu LT

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