How to make your car instantly worth more money before you sell it
Deciding to sell your car is a big deal and you want to make sure that your car has maximum ‘curb appeal’ and is in the best condition for a sale. With just a little bit of elbow grease and minimal cost, you could add hundreds of pounds to your car’s value when you sell it.
This is especially true if you are trying to sell your car privately as opposed to selling it through a car buying service or trading it in to a car dealer, because a clean, fresh smelling, spotless car can add a lot of appeal and therefore help you sell your car a lot quicker and for potentially more money.
Here are a few tried and tested tips for making your car as valuable as possible.
1. Deep clean your car
It seems obvious but making sure your car is clean, fresh, clutter free and sparkling will do wonders for its value. Make sure any dirt is scrubbed off with no drying marks left on the paint and dry all the glass surfaces, especially the windshield. You could also purchase a specialist shine protectant spray for an extra gleam. Think about it this way, if you spend three hours cleaning your car and this adds £100 to its value, you’ll have earned yourself £33 an hour for the work!
2. Check the essentials!
Making sure that the essentials of your car are in good working order will do wonders for the value. Make sure that your tyres are correctly inflated, check the oil, coolant and brake fluid levels and ensure that all the basic electrics are working including lamps and lights.
3. Fix minor repairs.
Fixing minor repairs will make a huge difference to the value of your car. Do you need a new set of car mats? You can buy them super cheap online. Touch up any chips or scratches either professionally or yourself if you have the know-how and small windscreen chips can usually be repaired under your car insurance at no cost and with no effect on your no-claims discount.
4. Blacken the tyres.
Tire black or tyre shine is sold by many car care companies. Cleaning off the brake dust and putting some kind of treatment on the tyres will darken the wheels and really sharpen up the look of your car.
5. Repair dents.
While it probably isn’t worth forking out for major body work, simple scratches and dents can be repaired without footing a huge bill. Many minor paint scratches and scuffs can be polished out and massively improve the value of your car.
We hope that these tips have been helpful and that by investing a little time and money, you are able to get the best possible return on your vehicle.
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