When the time comes to sell your car, you want to get a fair deal and as much money as you can in return. Whether your lifestyle’s changed, you need the money or are looking for an upgrade, it’s always important to get a good deal sorted. Below, we explore the ways you can prep your car to be sold and get the best possible price.
Give it a thorough clean
One thorough clean can make the world of difference to your car’s appearance. It’s easy for dirt and debris to build up if you haven’t given it a clean in a while and can tarnish your paintwork. For the best results, you should use specialist car soap.
Check for scrapes and bumps
Scrapes, dents and bumps can quickly put off potential buyers. But these problems aren’t difficult to fix. With a little time and money you can take your car to a local garage or mechanic and ensure that the car has a smooth finish once more.
Check your MOT status
A clean bill of health will make your car much more attractive to buyers. And on the flipside, if there’s an obvious mechanical fault, the price will fall significantly. Ideally, you should get an MOT sorted prior to selling to increase buyer confidence in the car.
It’s worth checking to see what similar cars are going for. If you’re selling the vehicle on your own, you don’t want to find out you’ve been dramatically overestimating or undervaluing your car. One way to check this is by checking with dealers. For instance, if you’re selling a Nissan, you can find a trusted Nissan dealer to advise on the valuation.
Double check for belongings
The last thing you want is to leave something valuable in the car. Plus, if a buyer looks around an untidy car it could put them off or reduce the price slightly. Before you put your vehicle up for sale, it’s worth cleaning out all your belongings and searching carefully to make sure you’ve removed any valuables.
Accurate, detailed paperwork can provide peace of mind to a buyer. Ideally, you should be able to gather up the car’s history, including: purchase receipts, MOT certificates, and details of any services or repairs that you’ve got done in the past.
To get the best price for your car, it needs to be looking like the day you first bought it – plus, you need all the correct documentation. Once you’ve sorted all this, you should find that you can quickly sell your car and get yourself the ideal upgrade.