Last Update on September 20, 2017 // Written by Hank No Comments

If you’ve decided that you want to sell your existing car, then you’ll want to get the best price possible. Whether you’re selling privately, via a dealer or in an auction, there are things you can do that will maximize its price. You’ll want to minimize the reason for the car to be marked down in price, so even if it has a few flaws they won’t count too much on its value. Here are a few tips on helping you get the best price for your car.  

Do a Deep Clean

  Nobody will want to buy a car that is dirty and full of rubbish, so the first thing you need to do is give it a thorough cleaning. If you don’t have the equipment or the time to do this yourself, then invest in a complete valet service. It might cost a little money, but it will add value to the overall selling price. Add an air freshener to the inside to make it smell fresh and clean. If you can clean your car inside and out, it will give the car the impression that it has always been looked after by the owner.

Check for the Essential Items

  When someone comes to look at used cars for sale they are looking for the car to have all the essential items in good working order. It will show them that the car has been properly maintained and that there are no underlying issues. Make sure that all the tyres including the spare are fully inflated and that the tread depth is within the legal limits. Check the levels of the coolant, brake fluid, transmission and oil to make sure they are up to the levels on the side of the containers. You should also check the electrics to see if everything is working. Check all the lights, electric windows and make sure the air conditioning unit is working properly.  

Do Minor Repairs

  By completing a few minor repairs and improvements, you can add a lot of money to your car. You should always only do the things you can easily complete without causing more problems. Adding a set of new floor mats will make an old interior look better and protect the carpets from many potential buyers. If you have the skill required, you can also touch up any little scratches or chips in the paintwork. It’s better to do this only if you know what you’re doing because a bad job will stand out more than the scratch itself.  

Extra Value

  If you want to add as much value as you can to your car, then consider repairing any damage to the windscreen. If it’s only a chip, then some insurance companies will do this for free or only a small charge.   By doing all these little things, you could add hundreds to the value of your car. It might take a bit of work, but it will be worth the effort.

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