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Here’s the dilemma: if you clean your car before you sell it, you may well see a load more dings and scratches. But, if you don’t have it cleaned, the buyer will eventually notice the dings and scratches – if they bother to look past the age, dirt, and other little dings that come with not having your car cleaned up.
Having your cleaned up before selling it means you will probably fetch a better price for. Having it detailed inside and out shows you are a serious seller who wants a good deal and you have nothing at all to hide.
5 Tips to Getting Your Car Detailed Before You Sell It
- A Thorough Inspection
Before you decide to put your car on the market, take a good walk around it and thing about the first impression it’s going to make on potential buyers. As you take that walk around the car, take note of the main problems that jump out at you. Does the car have filthy rims and worn tires, minor scratches and dents, and torn upholstery? The things you notice first are the same things buyers will notice, so have them detailed and fixed up before you sell your car for cash today with Sell My Car.
- Get Rid Of Personal Items
Take out all your personal things before selling your car. It makes it a lot easier for potential buyers to visualize how the car will be when they own it. If it is uncluttered and clean and devoid of rubbish, buyers will be able to see the value much easier.
- Get the Car Detailed Both Inside and Out
Before selling your car, have it properly detailed. A clean car shows buyers you have looked after it and you are not hiding any issues. Get the tires and wheels cleaned, have the upholstery and carpet shampooed, and remove dust and grime from every nook and cranny in the dashboard.
- Repair Minor Scratches and Dents
Everyone – from dealers to buyers – will deduct money on your overall value for dents and scratches. These are really easy to fix, though, at your local body shop or even with a thorough buffing.
- Take the Care For Maintenance and Service
Before you trade the car in or sell it, take it for a service. Have the fluids filled and the oil changes to show you have looked after the engine and that the car is in good condition.
A Few Tips
If you are a smoker, spend a little extra money and time getting rid of the smell of smoke from the inside with the help of ozone treatments, disinfectants, and deodorizers.
Once you have taken care of the detailing, you can be sure you will get the best possible price for your car. It really is worth spending a little extra time and money to get things perfect and show you have looked after the car and that there is nothing to hide. It’s a great way to make a great impression on potential buyers.