How To Prep Your Used Vehicle To Be Ready To Sell

By Vanessa B

When you want to sell your vehicle and buy a new one, you’ll obviously want to get the best price you can for it. There will always be a lot of competition about when you’re selling a car. This is something you will know because you might also be searching for your next one. It’s this competition that you need to get ahead of if you’re going to sell not only for a reasonable price but quickly too. There’s nothing worse than not being able to sell something when you’re done with it and having the hassle of keeping it around. With that in mind, here are some useful tips to help you make sure your vehicle is ready to sell and so you can get it right the first time. 

Clean It

If it seems as though this is too much hard work because whoever is going to buy the car can clean it themselves, you’re thinking too much like a seller and not like a customer. Imagine if you want to see a car that you were excited about because the ad makes it sound ideal. You have your used car finance in place, you’ve booked some time off work, you’ve even found someone who can give you a lift. But then, when you see the car in real life, it’s filthy, inside and out. Suddenly that car no longer seems quite so tempting, and the money you’re ready to spend seems like too much for this car. You might even wonder what else the owner hasn’t bothered to do; if it’s dirty, could there also be engine problems that haven’t been fixed? 

In other words, cleaning your car gives a much better impression not just of the vehicle but of how you’re taking care of it. No one wants to drive away in a dirty car; they want their new vehicle to be something they’re proud of. Therefore, take an hour or two to clean it, and you’ll sell it more quickly. 

Make Repairs 

As above, no one is going to want to spend their money on a car that doesn’t work as it should unless, of course, it’s been advertised as such as the new buyer knows what they are getting (and the price will reflect that there are issues too). If you’re trying to sell a car with engine problems or electrical issues or that is even missing a spare tyre, and you want a top price for it, you’re going to have to wait for a long time. You might never sell it. 

 Therefore, if the repairs are small ones that you can either do yourself or aren’t going to cost too much to get done, you should arrange them. If they are bigger issues that will cost a lot, price the car accordingly and someone else will be happy to take on the task – they just need to know about it before spending money on the car. 

Price It Right

We’ve mentioned the price a few times now, and that’s because it’s essential. Everyone has a budget for buying something significant like a vehicle, and everyone will want to make that budget go as far as possible. This is why it’s crucial to price your car right. Too low, and you’ll miss out on money, too high, and it won’t sell. 

Look at other comparable vehicles to give you an idea of what you should be asking for but remember to take into account any repairs that the car might need or any work you’ve put into the vehicle that could make it worth more.