How Do Car Trade-Ins Work?

When you are looking to buy a car, you might consider trading in your current vehicle.

Trading in your car with Enterprise is a simple process.


Be a smart shopper. Be prepared.

  • Assess your vehicle’s condition and make any necessary repairs.
  • Gather important documents. You’ll need your vehicle’s title and/or lienholder payoff information, current valid state-issued photo ID, current valid vehicle registration, plus all keys and remotes. If you don’t remember everything, don’t worry, we can still appraise your vehicle.
Schedule a dealership visit. Submit the results of your online car valuation or fill out our online trade-in application, and a Sales Consultant will contact you.

Get your written offer.

A Sales Consultant will perform a formal appraisal and provide you with your trade-in offer.


Trade in your car – or not.

There is no obligation to sell or trade in your car. Our offer is good for  7 days or 300 miles , whichever comes first.

Trade-In FAQs

Can you trade in a car that has a loan?

Yes. You will be responsible to any extent the vehicle payoff exceeds the Enterprise trade-in offer. Be sure to bring all lienholder payoff information to the dealership at the time of trade-in.

How long does an appraisal take?

Our online vehicle valuation takes just minutes to complete. The in-person dealership appraisal is a more in-depth process in order to obtain a transparent and accurate value. You can ensure it goes smoothly by taking the simple steps listed above.

How much does an appraisal cost?

Nothing. There is no cost to determine your car’s value, and no obligation to trade in or sell.

Where can I sell or trade in my car?

With over 150 Enterprise Car Sales locations across the country, there’s likely to be one near you. Find a dealership.