There will come a time when it’s time to give up your old car. You may have seen something new at the local dealership, or your current car may no longer be suitable for your needs. You may also need some quick cash, so selling your car may be an option you are forced into. Whatever the reason, you want to get the most money possible when you sell. Of course, that’s assuming your car isn’t an old banger, in which case, you won’t get very much money for it at all.
So, assuming your car is still fit for purpose when you’re trying to sell it, here are three ways to improve the resale value.
- Make sure your car is well-maintained
This is something you should do anyway, as a well-maintained car ensures your safety on the road. However, when you know you are planning to sell, you should book your car in for a thorough servicing to make sure its roadworthy for the next owner. Visit your local garage, or if you have a dealership specialising in your model, take advantage of any special deals, such as these Mercedes-Benz Service Offers. After servicing, keep hold of your paperwork as evidence of the durability of your car when selling it on. Then focus on fixing any damage to the body and paintwork. Scratches and dents are going to put a buyer off, as are faded patches of paintwork, so improve the aesthetics of your vehicle by mending these potentially small but off-putting details.
- Clean it thoroughly
Unsightly stains and an unwashed appearance won’t serve you well when trying to sell the car. It needs to be cleaned inside and out, transforming it from the mud bucket it may have become into something that looks sparkling and new. A professional valet service will give the car the thorough clean it needs, though your local supermarket will sell all the cleaning equipment you require, provided you have the diligence to do the job properly. Enforcing a few rules about your car will also help you when it comes to selling it on, including no smoking inside the vehicle, and if you have kids, no eating sweets or messy foods on the back seat. This will save you a world of trouble when it comes time to clean your vehicle.
- Modify your car with sensible extras
Don’t assume modifying your car adds to your car’s resale value. Anything that is personal to your tastes, such as body or wheel modifications, may not enhance the value at all, especially if the average buyers isn’t interested in such additions. The same applies to any fancy accessories you have installed in and around your car, such as Bluetooth adaptors or extra cup holders. However, anything related to safety is a plus, as are practical additions, such as power mirrors or a sunroof. We aren’t telling you to dismantle anything you have added (although you may want to get rid of those headlight eyelashes), but think twice when you are buying something new for your vehicle, especially when you know you will be selling it in the future.
By following these three simple steps, you should improve the resale value of your car. To get the most bang for your buck, you should also check online to find out how much your car is worth, ensuring you aren’t ripped off when you are haggling with the buyer. Let us know if you have any further tips for our readers. Thanks for reading.