Increase Your Car’s Resale Value With These 6 Tips
Whenever you are selling something you are afraid of not getting a good return on money invested. When it comes to selling cars we are usually aware of the faults the vehicle may have. We are dreading the ones that we haven’t noticed and the buyer may. I’ll go ahead and assume that you are selling something which is drivable and is not going to be sold for parts. Here are a couple of tips on how you can reach the desired price.
Get rid of the guilt
Sit down and think of everything you would have repaired on your car if you were not selling it and if you are to go on a road trip. Every single time I am selling something, I have the feeling of guilt inside and I have to list all that may be wrong with it that I am aware of. Since everyone is hoping to strike a good deal, you going on about repairs will turn the buyers away, or lower the price significantly. Have your car checked up, repaired and tweaked before you advertise it, that way you will have nothing to hide and nothing to report.
Make a good first impression
The greatest part of the opinion about your car will be created within the first couple of moments. This is when an agent will have the first idea on how much they can offer you for the car, or when a buyer will decide whether they may be interested in it. Have a look at the body shell and locate any scratches, dents or signs of corrosion. It may be a good idea to hire a professional to estimate the expense of fixing it, but regardless of the cost, it will always cost you less than what the person negotiating the price will think it costs. They will have you lower the price even if the body state does not actually bother them and they never intend on having it fixed themselves. Be wise, accept the cost and make the outside of your car look as shiny as it can be.
Offer them a clear view
This is something noticeable from both inside and outside. Check your windows, rare view mirrors and windshield for cracks and have them replaced. In order to spend less, you can try to find appropriate used-ones and pay someone to have them installed. Every local auto service center will be able to assist you in getting new parts, be it new ones or used ones.
Think of the interior
Inside of the car is where a new owner will spend most of their time. When they decide to take the car for a test ride, they will also notice the state of the interior and the comfortableness. Think about cleaning and painting the dashboard, replace the seat covers and the mats, and thoroughly clean the rest of the upholstery. Have it shine both on the inside and the outside. If you want to appeal to all senses, get a new air freshener.
Check the ‘shoes’ on your ride. Inspect the tires and think about replacing them unless you had it done recently. Again, this is one of the expenses that most buyers will think of as additional, and you can treat them with a perk of having it already done for them and include it in the price. Polish the wheels and spray the tires for that shiny black look to match the exterior of your car and look like it’s fresh from a store.
Have everything in writing
People are naturally skeptical when dealing with strangers and even more so when they are purchasing used goods. As much as they would like to believe you that you took good care of your car, they will take it with reserve unless you have something to show for it. Keep maintenance records for your car and if you haven’t done it so far, visit your mechanic and see if they can issue you with a proof of regular upkeep. This will encourage a potential buyer to trust you and thus have a better feeling about you and consequently your car
Keep in mind that you are the one speaking for your car when selling it. Try to leave an impression of someone who knows what they are talking about and are certain of the car’s general state. Be confident, don’t look desperate and have a ready answer if they question your decision to sell ‘such a good car’.
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