And while getting your old car ready for resale is pretty easy, there are a few things you must take into account. Here are six things to fix up when you’re preparing your car for resale.
Locate the Title
If you own your car outright, you need to have the title in hand. The title is a document that proves you’re the owner of the vehicle. If you’re unable to find it, then contact the DMV for a replacement. However, if the car is not paid off yet, and you don’t own it outright, you must find out how much you owe before you can sell. Contact the car dealer you bought it from, and look at how much you have left to pay on the car.
Learn How Much the Car is Worth
The next step is to learn how much the car is worth. This is much easier to do now than it once was. All you have to do is go online and look up the model of the car you have or similar models.
Analyze how much similar cars are selling for. This will make it easier for you to come up with your own price. Avoiding trying to resell your car for more than it’s worth.
Unless your car is in mint condition, you need to think about depreciation and mileage as well. You also need to take into account any accidents that the car has been in, even if the car has been fixed up since then.
No one wants to buy a car they’re going to have to take in for maintenance immediately. Before even thinking of selling your car, you need to have proper maintenance performed.
Even if the car is still in good shape, it’s important to have all systems inspected and deemed safe for resell. Unless you have a buyer specifically looking for a fixer upper, make sure your car is in good condition before you sell it.
Repair Any Damages
If your car has sustained any damage such as a scratch, dent or cracks, you’ll need to fix them. Unless you’re willing to sell for significantly less money, most people don’t want to invest in a car that’s damaged or looks like it’s been through an accident.
Even seemingly minor damages, like a cracked windshield, need to be repaired. A chipped windshield or windows will turn buyers away, even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal to you. Take the car in for auto glass repair to ensure that the car is in the best possible condition.
Clean the Car
After the car has been properly inspected, it’s time to start cleaning. You’ll want to do a deep clean here, especially if you haven’t done one in the time you’ve owned the vehicle. Clean up any trash, vacuum the floors, floor mats, and the seats.
Dust off the dashboard and clean all the windows and mirrors of fingerprints. If the seats are leather, you may even want to condition them. A clean and sparkling car will attract more potential buyers, so it’s important to make it shine.
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Determine How You Want to Sell
In this day and age, there are variety of ways to sell your car. You can put an ad in the paper or you can go digital and post your listing on a website. You also have the option of selling to either an independent buyer or a car dealership. If you have time, ask around and see where you can get the best price.
Although reselling your car can take some time, it’s always better than rushing in just to a make a buck. Whether you’re selling your car for the first time or fifth, plan ahead and think about what the buyer is going to want or expect from you.
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