Do you aim to sell your car in the not-so-distant future? If so, it pays to prepare in advance so that the vehicle can be presented in the most attractive light. The good news is that much of the guesswork can be taken out of the equation if you choose to follow the five simple steps below. Let’s jump right in.
The History of the Vehicle
The history of your vehicle will always be scrutinised by potential buyers (1). MOT inspections, accident reports and any types of repairs should all be provided during the initial consultation. This sense of transparency will help to place the customer at ease and it is important from a purely legal point of view.
Signs of Rust and/or Exterior Physical Damage
If a picture speaks 1,000 words, then the appearance of your vehicle is crucial when making a first impression. Most (if not all) educated buyers will examine the exterior for signs of rust. This is a general indication that the car has not been properly cared for over time.
In the same respect, other elements should be addressed. Make it a point to thoroughly clean the undercarriage. Examine all headlamps and tail lights and to replace any bulbs if necessary. Wash and wax the exterior as well in order to provide your vehicle with a fresh overall appeal. After all, its physical appearance will often determine whether or not a sale is made.
Beneath the Bonnet
Some buyers will also take a great deal of time when examining the engine. Frayed wires, cracked hoses and an overall dirty appearance will all detract from its appeal; even if the vehicle happens to run quite well. This is why it is prudent to take your car to a local garage. Mechanics will determine if any problems are present and you can obtain a tune-up before you begin advertising. A well-maintained engine is yet another sign that you have left nothing to chance.
The Condition of the Tyres and Brakes
The tyres of your car will speak volumes about how and where it has been driven. This is why their condition is paramount. Uneven tread or wear on only certain tyres normally signals that there is an alignment problem. Dust around the hubcaps could hint that the brakes need to be replaced. As a general rule of thumb, it is normally best to replace your tyres if they exhibit the symptoms mentioned above (2). In the event that your tyres have not been changed for more than 30,000 miles, it is likewise prudent to speak with a mechanic (2).
The Interior of the Vehicle
Would you ever purchase a home without touring each individual room? This is just as relevant when referring to a used car sale. Buyers will always take some time to examine the interior. While it might be expensive to perform an entire facelift, there are still some unique tips to follow if you hope to cement a sale:
- Install a new air freshener.
- Clean the ventilation system.
- Vacuum the carpets and any upholstery.
- Polish the dashboard.
- Clean all windows.
Even seemingly minor steps will positively influence how your car is ultimately perceived.
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