Has the time come to upgrade your ride? Whether you need a new SUV or truck, before you head out on the roads around the Missoula, Kalispell, Coeur d'Alene, or Helena, MT, areas, you'll first want to decide what to do with the car you currently own.

One option many drivers turn to is a trade in. That is because it is an extremely convenient way to sell your car, while also helping to earn an even better deal on the new vehicle you want. To make the process simple and seamless for you-while also making sure you get great value for your car-our Lithia Ford of Missoula team has made this trade-in checklist for your convenience!

Before Trade-In Day

 Prior to visiting our dealership, there are a few items you will want to take care of. That way, you can be all set to quickly trade in your car and also get the best possible offer for your vehicle.

  • Value Your Trade: How do you know what your car is worth? Luckily, we have a tool right on our website that lets you quickly see your specific car's estimated Blue Book® Value.
  • Repair and Clean Your Car: Getting things like dents fixed and the interior upholstery cleaned can help make sure your car is in its best shape possible, which can help you earn great value for your trade in.
  • Schedule an Appointment: You can also contact us in advance to schedule a time to come by to complete your trade in.

Day of Your Trade In

Once you have a time set for when you would like to complete your trade in, and your car is in its best possible condition, you are ready to come by the dealership. From there, our team will work with you to complete the next few steps of the process.

We will first examine your car to see exactly what its condition is, so we can then offer you a fair trade-in value for it right up front. Then, you can decide to accept it and move on to the next part of the process. At this point, our team can help handle the paperwork and get the transaction completed smoothly and quickly. Just make sure you bring:

  • Your driver's license
  • The car's title
  • Any details on your loan if you still owe payments on your car
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Details on accident reports and service history

After the Trade-In Process Is Done

After the trade-in process is complete, you can start to then see what new vehicle you'd like to get! One of our sales associates can take you around our lot and give you a look inside whichever model catches your interest. You can even take a test drive in one of our vehicles and meet with our financing team to see what sort of lease deals and other financing options we can offer you.

Begin the Trade-In Process Now!

Ready to quickly sell your car to us and earn trade-in credit toward the new Ford you're looking to drive throughout Missoula, Kalispell, Coeur d'Alene, or Helena, Montana? Start now by getting an estimated value for your current trade-in vehicle, and contact us to schedule a time to come by and trade in your car here at Lithia Ford of Missoula!

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Lithia Ford of Missoula

3943 Brooks Street
Directions Missoula, MT 59804

  • Sales: 866-371-4480
  • Service: 866-371-5640
  • Parts: 866-371-8304


  • Monday 8:30am-7pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am-7pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am-7pm
  • Thursday 8:30am-7pm
  • Friday 8:30am-7pm
  • Saturday 9am-7pm
  • Sunday 11am-6pm