How to Increase the Sale Price of Your Car
Selling your car can be such an ordeal and its something that I have often struggled with in the past. To come away from the deal happy and with a nice little sum, you should look for ways to boost the vehicle’s value. Fortunately, this is what I did and I was able to get a few hundred more than I anticipated. These are my top tips for any motorist hoping to maximise their car’s value in order to sell it on. There are a few other ways, but these are the easiest and most affordable options.
Firstly, I recommend that you get a car valuation carried out by a company like HPI. They work out what the value of the automobile is by using data from various places, taking into account things like mileage and age. This will give you a good negotiating point and you can negotiate a higher price by boosting the value.
It is rare to see a car that doesn’t have a few dings, scratches or dents, but they can knock off a fair sum of the price. Pay to get these repaired and you will definitely recoup the cost when it comes time to sell.
I also cleaned my headlights, inside and out as this was inexpensive, relatively easy (with mechanical experience) and made the car look a lot brighter and newer.
Wash and Wax the Exterior
I always find that first impressions count for a lot and particularly when it comes to cars. Washing and waxing the car before a viewing will help the car to shine and look its best whilst also getting you close to the original colour. It is easy to do this yourself, but you can also get it professionally done if you would prefer.
Inviting someone to sit in your car can be embarrassing if it is filled with rubbish and looks shoddy inside (smell may also be an issue!). I removed everything from the interior, vacuumed and cleaned the surfaces and put in an air freshener. I also recommend that you replace the floor mats – this will help the car to feel new and is very cheap.
These quick and easy tips will help you to negotiate a higher price and get a great deal. They are also very affordable, so you will easily make the money back on the sale. Nobody enjoys selling their car, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I got and what a difference these small steps made to the seller.