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Autel’s New Trade-In Program Will Give You Credit for Your Old Drone, Even if it’s From Another Manufacturer

BY Isabella Lee
1 August 2019

Autel Robotics, manufacturer of the popular EVO camera drone, has just launched a first-of-its-kind trade-in program.

Most companies with trade-in programs only accept models from their own brand, but Autel’s program is an industry first in that it allows you to exchange or upgrade equipment between brands. You can trade-in your old DJI, Parrot, Yuneec, or Autel drone for credit toward a new Autel EVO.

Trade-In Your Mavic, ANAFI, or Typhoon for a New EVO

Here’s a list of the currently accepted models for Autel’s trade-in program:


Mavic Air
Mavic Pro
Mavic Pro Platinum
Mavic 2 Pro
Mavic 2 Zoom
Phantom 3
Phantom 4
Phantom 4 Advanced


ANAFI Extended
Bebop 2


Typhoon 4k
Typhoon H



If you’re ready to make the switch, you can learn more about the Autel trade-in program here.

Why Make the Switch to an EVO?

When the EVO first came out, it was evident that the quadcopter was designed to compete with DJI’s Mavic Pro. Both featured a foldable design, 4K camera, and similar price points. With this new trade-in program, Autel may have hopes to win over DJI customers who previously purchased the Mavic Pro.

In their list of reasons to switch, Autel alludes to some of the privacy concerns users have had with DJI:

“We do not capture images, flight logs, personal information etc to send back to a foreign country. What you share is your choice and anything you upload stays on a server here in the United States,” stated Autel in the announcement of their trade-in program.

Aside from being a US-based company, Autel also provides some other persuasive reasons to switch to the EVO. It’s currently the only folding, compact drone on the market that captures video in 4k60 at 60fps in H.265 or H.264. This allows EVO users to capture high energy movement in slow-motion not possible with other drones.

You can get a feel for the quality of footage obtainable with an EVO in this 4K video captured over the western coastline of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: Shot on EVO

The EVO also comes equipped with airspace navigation tools to inform you, as the pilot, to make the correct and safe decisions on where and when to fly. But, they’ll never lock you out of using your drone. Same goes with firmware. Autel Robotics never stops you from taking off due to a missed firmware update. Dismiss the notification and choose another time suitable for you to perform the update.

Convenient Ways to Trade In Your Old Drone

This program puts value back into older technology by offering a convenient way to exchange and upgrade equipment. No more selling online or dealing with hagglers and dark parking lots.

The Autel trade-in program is designed to be convenient, fast, and simple. It doesn’t matter if you choose to trade your old unit in online or at your local participating dealer. A simple and standardized grading scale quickly evaluates your trade-in and gets you back in the air as fast as possible.

Will you take advantage of Autel’s new trade-in program to get your hands on a new EVO? Let us know in this thread on our community forum.

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