To get the most money, your car needs to look its best. In this article, we will give you some ideas, suggesting you what you can do to make your car shine, literally. Stay tuned.
Yes we know, your intention is to make money, not spend more on your old car. But, sometimes small repairs can do wonders, raising the price especially if you intend to sell your car privately.
Some things such as slight windscreen chips can get repaired for free, through your car insurance. Bodywork repairs are a viable option for newer cars – old cars are expected to have a few dents here and there, and you might risk too much by investing money in them.
The more the car is worth, the more money you should invest in it, as it is more likely to return. But be careful not to go over the line.
Small things matter
Get your car detailed. This will boost the sell value, and your investment will return, no questions asked. But, if you are so strapped for cash, at least was the car thoroughly. Wax the outside, making it shine, and vacuum everything on the inside. And make sure you clear the glass from the inside too. This is something that is often neglected, as people think it gets dirty only on the outside.
Consider replacing the mats, or buying a thick cover for the seats if they are too damaged. Also, add an air freshener, especially if you smoke. It will at least temporarily hide the stench. Also, top-up any fluids – oil, brake fluids, coolant. Inflate your tires properly, and check the spare tire. Check the electrics, and make sure everything works, or at least, take note of what isn’t working, and describe it to the buyers. Doing this will leave a feeling that your car is adequately maintained, raising the cash you get for cars you sell.
Get a valuation
You need to know how much your car is worth, objectively. To do that, a good idea is to visit your local dealership and ask around. Describe your car, or show it to them, and ask how much they would give you. You will use that number later when negotiating for a price. Naturally, you will want more than that. After all, dealers are looking to resell it, and make money.
Steal some ideas from other sellers
Search on eBay Motors and look at how other people advertise their cars. Find one just like yours that got recently sold for a reasonable price.
Ask yourself what did that car have that yours doesn’t? What can you do about it? Take a note about the description, and the pictures. Maybe you can describe your vehicle the same way, and take pictures from similar angles, to boost the price.
Collect all the papers
Getting all the papers ready will save you from headaches when the D-day comes. Besides the obvious things such as the title, you should consider making a bill of sales, add any guarantees, or an as-is document.
Also, try to find all the service papers – not having these can cripple the price. Furthermore, if you did any repairs prior to posting your ad, include those too. They will reinforce your position and the price you ask for.
Too much hassle?
As you can see, doing all this takes time. Sometimes, you don’t want to bother, and you want to sell your car instantly. If that is the case, contact Cars Bought For Cash.
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We buy any car, this is how it works: We will come to you, do the valuation, and give you an offer, right on the spot. If you agree on the price, you get the money right away. If not, no harm was done, you don’t have to pay anything. As simple as that. No ads, pictures, descriptions, hassle with buyer questions. Sell your car today, hassle-free!