How to Prepare a Car for Re-sale

Selling a car can be a tricky business. Ideally you want to sell it for as much as possible, but on the other hand, you probably don’t want to spend too much cash in the process of doing it up.

Some people don’t bother even washing their car before advertising it for sale: they just list their vehicle, warts and all, and hope that somebody is interested enough to make an offer. If you own a wreck, this isn’t a bad policy to have, but if the car is a standard model, it makes sense to put a bit of time and effort into making it a more attractive proposition for a potential buyer. Yes, you may have to spend a bit of money fixing problems and tidying it up, but you should be able to command a better re-sale price as a result, which will cover your expenses and a bit more besides. So what little things are worth doing before advertising a car for sale?

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Valet the Car

Sounds obvious, but a clean and fresh-smelling car is going to be more attractive to buyers than a car smelling of wet dog. A pristine vehicle is indicative of an owner who cares. After all, if you can’t be bothered to wash and vacuum your car, perhaps you couldn’t be bothered to service it or replace worn parts either?

If car washing is not your thing, consider asking a local company to valet it for you. They will do a much better job than you ever could, plus they will clean out the interior and remove any nasty stains if necessary. Most valet companies don’t charge that much, and if it helps you secure a sale, a valet will be money well spent.

Service and MOT

Cars that have been regularly serviced are more attractive to buyers. Hopefully yours has been serviced regularly and you have a full service history to back up your claims, but if it is due a service, make sure you have this done before you advertise it for sale.

In the UK, an MOT is a basic check for roadworthiness and all cars must have this done every twelve months. If a car is approaching its MOT date, it is often worth bringing the MOT forward so that you can advertise it as having a full MOT. Buyers are more likely to pay the asking price if they are confident nothing needs repairing.

Tune Up the Engine

High performance cars will benefit from an engine tune up prior to a sale. The better the engine sounds, the easier it is to encourage buyers to pay top dollar for the vehicle. You don’t necessarily need to pay a garage to give your car a thorough going over. Cheap engine cleaning products such as BG 44K can produce excellent results.

Fit New Tyres

Worn tyres are a turn-off for buyers, so it is worth paying to have worn tyres replaced before you advertise your car.

Once you are ready to sell your car, make sure you advertise it on several platforms to maximise its exposure.

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