What should you do before selling your used car?

What should you do before selling your used car?

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Automotive, Cars, Published On
October 30, 2020
Last modified on January 10th, 2022

The market for buying / selling cars is rising from its ashes as if by magic. The economic situation is improving little by little and many will be encouraged to replace their car with a newer and above all more ecological. If you are thinking precisely this, you must bear in mind that both the interior and exterior appearance of the car directly influences the appraisal price that it offers you.

Top Things To Do before selling your used car?

Improve the exterior appearance

As in a job interview, the first image counts a lot. Therefore, it is of great importance that you improve the exterior appearance of your vehicle to the maximum. First of all, you need to pay a visit to the laundry. The best option is a pressure wash or directly to the car wash. Remember that in both cases the bass part is not clean, so you will have to review it by hand. How to do it? Very easy:

Let’s start with the  tires.  Being the ones that are most in contact with the ground (along with the wheels, obviously) they are the ones that retain the most dirt. It is convenient to pay special attention to each and every one of the nooks so that everything is equally clean. To clean them, there are special products, although if you prefer the sponge and soap are also good allies. If you are thinking of changing the wheels to give more value to your vehicle, take advantage of and clean the area that is clean once removed.

The condition of  the headlights  is another of the most important points to discuss. As you may have seen, over the years the appearance of the rings deteriorates mainly due to the sun and the passage of time. But don’t worry, there are products that make them like new in the blink of an eye. It is best to apply polish and wax and rub until the desired result is achieved. If at that moment you discover that any of the lampshades are broken, go to a workshop you will find them at a good price.

The state of the license plates  (both front and rear) is also important. Check that none of the characters are damaged and that they are therefore in perfect condition. Pay attention to its cleanliness and condition.

Lastly, focus your attention on  the logo.  In case it has been stolen or similar, choose to go to a scrapyard and later to a workshop to have it put back in its place.

The interior matters too

As in life itself, the exterior is not everything. Therefore, if you really want to impress  the interior it must also be like the jets of gold. You have to remove any evidence that shows that you have been there. This means that goodbye to all the publicity you have in the Cash For Cars in Melbourne , to your CDs from the year of the cough, the rear-view mirror pendants … In this way, your car will look like it just left the dealership and the buyer will feel as if the was the first owner.

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When you’ve gotten rid of all those details, start the deep cleaning. Grab  the vacuum cleaner and start going over the rear seats (don’t miss any holes). Continue with the front seats and check that all the mats have been like new. The crumbs from the sandwich you ate the other day cannot be evidence of the crime at the time of purchase. Also don’t forget to shake the seats with gentle strokes. In this way, the dust will go away.

Finally, armed  with a dust and spray cloth, it  ‘s time to clean the dashboard and the plastics that cover it, as well as the levers and handles of all the doors. We recommend that you use a special product, since the famous “soap and water” leaves a somewhat improved finish, although decent. Last but not least, clean the trunk. It is the most complicated area since on many occasions it becomes the perfect storage room, but it is important that the future owner does not find surprises in it when you are showing it to him.

Look for proof that your car is perfect

Now that you have left your vehicle clean as a whistle, it is time to prove it with papers. Although the appearance will influence (and greatly) the opinion of the buyer, it is necessary to have the documents that guarantee the good condition of the car. Therefore, it is time to get down to work and collect all the papers that verify the good condition of the vehicle. Make sure to chronologically compile all invoices and receipts that show that you have carried out the relevant reviews. Do not forget about oil changes, wheels, brake pads. It also doesn’t hurt to check that you have all the documents to transfer the car in order. Which are?:

  • The document that certifies that the ITV has been passed correctly.
  • The driving license
  • The receipt of the last road tax.

Don’t settle, look for more evidence

The documents that we have mentioned above are important, but so is having external opinions. Its usefulness is similar to that of recommendation letters at work, so pay attention.

First of all there are products that prove the perfect condition of the used vehicle. The name of this is Sealed Warranty  and it covers major breakdowns for one year. As you can imagine, this seal makes it easier to buy and sell vehicles since:

  • It certifies that it has passed an exhaustive review in a workshop.
  • That it has a Mechanical Warranty coverage.

This warranty will cover for one year any breakdown that is related to  the gearbox, the engine block, the cylinder head, the injection pump and the main electronic module.

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