Get a trade-in appraisal from the comfort of your home.

a more connected, seamless experience.

skip the showroom – get an accurate appraisal of your trade-in vehicle from the comfort of your home.


Click "Get Started" to fill out our quick form. Enter your vehicle's information: Year, Make, Model and a couple more details and SUBMIT!​


Once you click submit, we'll text you a link to our app - it's available on the App Store and Google Play Store. Oh, and it's FREE!


Snap a pic of your VIN and a few more of your car and SUBMIT! Pst.. your VIN is at the bottom of your windshield on the driver's side.


Our trade-in experts will thoroughly appraise your vehicle and email you an offer within one business day (Saturday included).




While online estimates may provide you with a ballpark figure based on market data, we’ll actually buy your vehicle after we value your trade. We back every appraisal with an offer the same day it’s appraised (and you don't need to buy from us).


Since we are a top retailer of used vehicles in the Thunder Bay region, you can be assured that top value will be given. If your vehicle is in high demand or if we have a customer looking for a vehicle similar to yours, you could receive up to $4000 over market value.


Our online tool makes it super-easy to get an appraisal without even leaving your home. A couple questions and pictures later, our experts will review your vehicle and email you an offer. You can also come in to our Showroom located at951 Memorial Ave in Thunder Bay and our specially-trained appraisers will give you our best price in as little as 30 minutes.

frequently asked questions.

Yes! Once your vehicle is appraised, we’ll give you a written offer that’s good for up to five days.

If you decide to go ahead, you’re under no obligation to purchase your next vehicle from Lakehead Motors.

If you owe more than the appraisal offer for your vehicle, then the difference is called “negative equity”.

In most cases, that amount can be included in your financing when buying a vehicle from us. If you’re not purchasing your next vehicle from us, we’ll simply calculate the difference between your balance owed and our offer, and you can pay us directly.

Since every vehicle is different, our appraisers focus on:

  • Year, mileage, make, and model of your vehicle
  • Interior and exterior conditions
  • Aftermarket modifications
  • Structural damage
  • Your vehicle’s history report for possible flood or frame damage and any accidents

Using multiple sources of data, appraisers also check general factors that affect a vehicle of similar make and model. Your vehicle is compared against current and accurate market conditions, such as national, provincial, and local sales trends, as well as auction data.

Yes. Your car’s overall physical and mechanical condition has a great impact on our offer. If you can provide proof that you have well taken care of your vehicle, we’ll usually be able to give you a better value for it.

No! We’ll buy your vehicle even if you don’t buy one from us.

If you do decide to purchase a vehicle from Lakehead Motors, you will receive an additional credit equal to the sales tax.

Yes, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

Supply and demand ultimately determines the desirability of any vehicle. A modified feature sometimes could improve the offer if it’s in high demand. If it’s not something desired, it could reduce the offer, such as an aftermarket modification that voids the factory warranty.

We’re here to help and will assure to answer all of your questions about the factors that influenced our offer. If you have any questions or concerns about the appraisal you receive, please speak with the appraiser. 

Selling your vehicle yourself may have extra costs associated, such as cost of ownership, insurance, and advertising.

Selling to a private party can take weeks and you could be dealing with untrustworthy people, increasing the risk of being hassled after the transaction.

At Lakehead, we have experts that will give your the best offer and save you the struggle and stress of selling privately. You don’t have to worry about any hassles, title issues, or about a buyer obtaining a loan or backing out.

Once we appraise your vehicle, you’ll be invited to bring your trade-in to our Showroom. 

When bringing your vehicle to Lakehead Motors, remember to have the items below. 

  • An original copy of your vehicle’s provincial registration and lien/pay-off information (if applicable)
  • Your provincial registration to transfer the vehicle’s ownership, and it must be provided at the time of sale.
  • All titleholders should be present. We must see the vehicle’s current registration to confirm that you’re the vehicle’s owner.
  • Valid Photo ID
  • All keys and key fobs/remotes. When selling us your vehicle, it’s important you provide us with all sets of keys and remotes. If the original keys and remote to the vehicle are missing, we may need to adjust the offer.

If you’re missing some of the required items, we still may be able to complete the sale, or we will guide you through the process to make arrangements to gather any missing items.


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We’re proud to be a top rated dealership in the core of Thunder Bay.  Our knowledgeable and devoted team is here to help and educate for a stress-free car shopping experience. 

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showroom hours

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9 AM – 5 PM