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Are you a current car owner searching for a new or used vehicle for your Kenner commute? If so, you may be looking for a way to make use of your old one after your new purchase. For some people, owning more than one car at a time is not ideal. Whether parking is an issue or you’re simply not planning to frequently drive more than one vehicle, our dealership has a solution for you. At Ray Brandt INFINITI of Metairie, we want to help you solve all of your problems in a way that is both convenient and beneficial for you! You can use our trade-in calculator to value your trade in just a few clicks. You can trade your vehicle to us for cash, or you can put the value towards boosting your down payment. Learn how to answer the question, “What is my car worth?” below! and get your trade-in value above!

How to Trade In Your Car

If you’ve never used a trade-in calculator or sold your vehicle to a dealership, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Luckily, Ray Brandt INFINITI of Metairie is here to offer the tips and tricks you need to shop like a professional:

  • Once you value your trade, you can explore our inventory with your revised budget in mind to be certain that you find the right vehicle.
  • When you answer, “What is my car worth?” you may find that your car’s value is less than the price of your upgrade. If that’s the case, you can work with our finance team to establish a fair payment plan.
  • It may seem tricky to trade a vehicle with a loan balance, but it’s possible! Our financiers will walk you through the process to help you make an informed decision.
  • When you’re ready to make a sale, visit us in Metairie with your title, auto loan payoff information, registration, and key. We’ll complete an inspection and make our final offer!


We help drivers around the New Orleans area with their new car purchases by offering them top dollar for their trade-in. Your trade-in value can be used to go towards a new INFINITI or used vehicle, or if you wish, you can simply let us buy your car for cash! Either way, we can assure you that you’ll be getting a genuine appraisal. What’s more, you can skip the hassle of trying to sell your vehicle on your own.


Along with being hassle-free, we like to make it easy to answer the question, “What is my car worth?”. By using the trusted Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer Tool online, we make it simple to value your trade from the comfort of your Mandeville home. From there, just swing by our dealership at 3700 N Causeway Blvd in Metairie, LA, at your convenience, and we’ll verify your car’s features and conditions. Fill out our online trade-in appraisal form and get your instant cash offer based on trusted Kelley Blue Book values now! Continue reading below to explore common questions and answers like “Should I fix my car before trading in?” with our team.


Q: Should I fix my car before trading in?

A: While it may come as a surprise, if the car you intend to sell has major issues, we advise that you not fix them. While you may think it will hurt your trade-in value, you will likely spend more money on repairs than it’s worth. Our dealership team has the expertise and tools to service vehicles at a lower cost, so we can save by doing the job ourselves! That said, you might wonder, “Should I fix my car before trading in if I have small repairs?”. If you’re working with small, inexpensive, issues, it’s a good idea to fix your car before a trade.  These tasks include cleaning, replacing bulbs, repairing scratches, and checking fluids. If you’re not sure about a repair – just ask!

Q: How to get the best price for my car?

A: Beyond paying attention to the local market and picking a time to sell when your car’s value is high, the most effective way to get top-dollar for your vehicle is to keep up with routine care! If you’re asking, “How to get the best trade-in price for my car?” now is the perfect time to get started with a proper service schedule. Regular maintenance upholds the performance, efficiency, safety, and quality of your vehicle, so it will be in great shape when it’s time to sell. Best of all, following a routine service schedule will show up on your service record, which is a very strong bargaining chip when you’re looking to maximize your trade value!

Q: Can you trade in a car with payments left?

A: If you have a vehicle that you’re still making payments on, but you want a new car, you might be curious about how to trade in a car that is not paid off. While it can be a bit complicated, learning how to trade in a car you still owe on is actually an easy task when you team up with experts like the ones at Ray Brandt INFINITI of Metairie! First, you need to look at your equity. Do you owe more than the car is worth? If so, then you have negative equity. If your remaining payments are equal to less than the value of the vehicle, you have positive equity. With positive equity, you can easily trade your vehicle and use the proceeds to pay off your car loan and bolster your down payment.

If you want to trade in a car with payments left that has negative equity, you’ll have a few more decisions to make. First and foremost, you’ll need to decide if selling your vehicle is financially viable. Sometimes, you’re too far underwater to make a trade. If you decide you’re ready to make the sale, you’ll have a few options. You can pay the balance of your loan in cash to wipe out your debt. While this is a straightforward solution, you may not have enough disposable income to accommodate such a large expense. The other, more popular option is to roll over your debt. This is where you add the balance of your old loan to your new one. While it will increase your payments, it gives you an opportunity to pay off both loans while enjoying a new model. Our financiers can help you determine the right course of action if you want to sell your car that has a loan balance.