If you think that your old car isn’t worth a pretty penny or two, you’d probably be surprised by just how much a little bit of hard work can go to adding masses of value to your vehicle.
If you’ve got an old car and you’re looking to sell, it’s important that you make the most of what’s there before you put it up for sale. In this concise guide, we’ll give you a few helpful pointers to help your car look and feel as good as it possibly can do, making it maximally appealing to perspective buyers in the process.
Take our Your Scrubbing Brush…
First-things-first. When you guy a car new from a showroom, it’s brand new and sparkling. If you want your car to appeal to buyers in the same way, you’ll need to give your old car a deep clean. According to some reports, if you spend 3 hours cleaning your car, you’ll add £100 to its value.
Imagine how much you can add if you spend a whole weekend cleaning it.
Of course, if you don’t have the time to spend cleaning your car or you’re not physically able to, take advantage of a good valet service. As a final flourish, a couple of air fresheners can really help to really make the most of your car and leave a good lasting impression on a visiting prospective buyer.
Regardless of whether you’re the world’s best car mechanic, a little bit of maintenance can go a long way. If you’re unsure of what really constitutes basic maintenance, have a look at this guide, and you’ll soon get some ideas.
A good place to start is to check tire pressure, look for cracks in your mirrors or your windshield, and ensure your paint job is consistent and there are no scratches.
The Goodwill Gesture
Finally, if you really want to go the extra mile to ensure you get the most value out of your car, completing tasks that will please a prospective buyer would be a good place to start.
As an example, if your car is nearing its 12-month guarantee, why not pay for an MOT test, meaning a new buyer won’t need to have one done for a whole year.
Of course, this could be pricy if you have an expensive car like a Merc, but these cars also sell extremely well in second-hand markets like Exchange and Mart, so you can be sure that it’s worth the expense.
So there you have it. Just a few ways to guarantee you can get the most value out of your old vehicle.
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