7 Ways to Get the Most Money for Your Used Vehicle

7 Ways to Get the Most Money for Your Used Vehicle
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    If you’ve decided that it’s time to sell your car, you need to take some specific steps before putting it on the market.

    In a way, it’s a lot like preparing your home for sale – you’d never put your house on the market without cleaning it up, improving it and making it as appealing as possible.


The same thing applies to selling your car. Below, you’ll find seven important tips to help you get the most for your used vehicle.

1. Remove stains. One of the first things you need to do is take a good look at the interior of the vehicle. Chances are good it’s going to look used – you’ll find dirt in the floorboards, stains on the carpeting and dust on the dashboard. Clean the entire car – vacuum the floor and detail the dash. Finally, make sure you have some good automotive carpet cleaner and remove all the stains from the carpeting. If there are stains on the seats, clean those as well. The better the interior of the car looks, the more appealing it will be.

2. Buy new floor mats. – If you’ve owned your vehicle for some time, chances are good that your floor mats are looking a little ragged. While they might seem inconsequential, never underestimate the power of those little details to affect a sale. Investing in a new set of car mats will help improve the appearance of the vehicle’s interior and make it more appealing to buyers. People are willing to pay a few extra bucks for obvious updates. Make sure you buy floor mats that fit, and opt for a decent quality mat as well – avoid those bargain basement options that won’t last.

3. Take a good look at your tires. Do they need to be rotated? If so, go ahead and have them rotated. If they need to be replaced, doing so is a good idea. You should never sell a car with bad tires on it. However, chances are good that a tire rotation is really all that’s needed – just make sure the car has the best tread in the front.

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4. Remove your stuff. Most people personalize their cars in some way. Maybe you have something hanging from the rearview mirror, or perhaps you have a personalized decal on the back glass. Before you put your car on the market, take the time to depersonalize it. Remove all of your personal belongings from the vehicle. Make sure you check everywhere – under the seats, in the glove box and in the trunk. Without your personalized signifiers, buyers can see a car not as your car, but as their car.

5. Deodorize. You might not think that your car has a strange aroma, but you can’t be too careful. You want to make it as appealing as possible, so invest in a quality air freshener. However, avoid choosing overpowering scents. Opt for something clean and subtle. If you use an air freshener that’s too strong, you’ll make potential buyers wonder what it is you’re trying to mask.

6. Service it. Whether your car needs it or not, have it serviced before you put it on the market. Have the oil changed and make sure it has a clean air filter. You should also ensure that the transmission fluid is full, that the brake fluid is clean and filled, and that the radiator is full as well. Be sure to mention these updates when showing the vehicle. If a buyer’s on the fence, sometimes all they need is ensurance that the car is healthy and has been in good hands.

7. Wash and wax. – Finally, you should make sure that the exterior of the car is as clean as the interior. Wash and wax the car before you put it on the market and you’ll find that it’s more appealing to buyers. Invest in a quality wax for the best results.

These tips will help ensure that not only is your car as appealing as possible, but that you get top dollar from your buyer. Used car sales is one area that you do not want to be undercut on price. Implement these simple steps and updates, and you’ll be sure to maximize return on your vehicle.

Don Elfrink is the owner and operator of AutoMatStore, an auto flooring company based out of Columbia, Missouri. Before AutoMatStore, Elfrink was the operator of an automotive production site. AutoMatStore focuses on all-weather, logo, carpeted and molded car mats.

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