If you’re looking to sell your car there are a number of simple things you can do to help you get the best possible price. In this article we take a look at some of the simple things you can do to make your car more attractive to potential purchasers.
We’ll start with the basics. One of the best things you can do to prepare your car for sale is to make sure your car is clean and tidy.
The first thing the potential buyer will see is the outside of your car. If they can write their name in the dirt on your back window it’s not going to give the best impression. Give it a good clean. It’s best to use car products, as they are designed not to harm the car’s bodywork. Washing-up liquid and other household cleaners can cause rust or affect the paint work.
Old food wrappers or receipts inside the car are going to look like you don’t look after it. You wouldn’t go to a car showroom and buy a car with empty coffee cups in the foot wells. Your car is no different. Get rid of rubbish, give it a good hoover and a dust and it will look instantly better.
Under the bonnet
It’s likely that a prospective buyer will look under the bonnet, so make sure your grill isn’t full of leaves and check that the fluids are topped up, you want your vehicle to appear look well maintained. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated too – if your car goes for a test drive it’ll feel a lot better if the tyres are the right pressure.
In the boot
Don’t forget the boot. If the rest of the car is in good shape but the boot is a complete state it’s not going to look too good. Just give it a quick once over and take out any unnecessary items.
Get all the documents together, the MOT, the registration logbook, any handbooks or warranty information. If the car has had any work done to it get the receipts together and put them all in a folder.
Finally, make sure whoever is showing the car knows how to open the bonnet and get to the spare wheel. If you really looked after your car you would know your way around it. If you’ve done all of this then you should have a presentable, and sellable, vehicle.