Armed with the knowledge of what your car’s trade-in value should be, you can now visit Kia of Alhambra to get an appraisal. You may have to arrange this in advance if you want to avoid long waits during busy hours. Kia of Alhambra will typically have someone who especially deals with appraising used cars and their appropriate trade-in value.
The good news is that dealerships are very aware that many will have looked into the potential trade-in value using platforms like Edmunds. This being so, they are not likely to differ wildly from the estimate you got, provided that you provided accurate information when getting your own estimate.
The first part of the appraisal will be what is often called a “silent walk-around.” A Kia of Alhambra appraiser walks around your car pointing out all of the flaws and imperfections. The point of this is to strengthen their own negotiating position, of course. After the walk-around inspection, they will get into more detail, including inspecting the windshield, the fluids, the doors, hood, trunk, the buttons and switches on the interior and anything else they deem to be important. It’s also very likely they’ll conclude with a scan of the VIN to look up the car’s vehicle history report.
Finally, they’ll test-drive the car and see how it is on the road. The test drive will be around 3-5 miles, and certainly not more than that. They don’t want to add too many more numbers to the odometer. After the process, they’ll determine a value based on what they know they can do with it. For example, if they can only auction it, they’ll offer you a price somewhere below wholesale value. If they can sell it retail, then they’ll offer you something below retail value.