Selling your car for a nice profit takes elbow grease, from making your car attractive to prospective buyers to marketing it in your choice of venue (i.e., ads in traditional publications or online sites). Here, we will discuss three affordable ways to make it easier to attract buyers and negotiate for a better price.
The assumption here, furthermore, is that your car is in good running condition and appearance. If it’s junk, then no amount of cleaning, detailing and servicing will make it saleable.
Clean the Interior
The cleaner your car looks, the better it will make a favorable first impression on buyers. Cleaning it well doesn’t even require wads of money since only the basics – a vacuum cleaner, a clean and dry cloth, and a bottle of glass cleaner – are only needed, not to mention that it’s a DIY job.
Getting rid of the things that don’t belong in your car should be your job, not the job of the carwash staff. Just remove all the rubbish inside your car, the things dangling from the rearview mirror, and the personal ornaments on the dashboard. Your car should be as generic as possible so interested individuals can imagine themselves as its owner.
Be sure to vacuum all carpeted and upholstered surfaces; wipe down all the surfaces with a clean cloth, and clean the inside of the windows with a glass cleaner. Your car should be as spic-and-span as if it has rolled off the factory floor – or at least, as near to it as possible.
Get a Full Exterior Wash and Detail
The exterior will obviously the first thing that buyers will look at when appraising your car. You should then have it washed and detailed, preferably the professional way at Car Spa for excellent results. The money spent on it will be recouped many times over, a sound investment indeed.
Aside from cleaning the exterior, the professionals will also clean the engine bay, a good thing considering that buyers also look under the hood to determine the engine’s condition.
Take Time on the Tires and Wheels
The staff at the carwash will also give your car’s tires and wheels extra attention. These parts can add to your car’s appeal when these are in good condition, both in terms of function and appearance.
If you have extra money, you may want to consider a full servicing of your car. This way, you will be assured that it’s in good running condition and, thus, it will be more saleable at the price you want.