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How to get your car ready for sale

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Top tips from the WhoCanFixMyCar team on what to do to get your car ready for sale

Whilst the majority of drivers don’t buy a shiny new model thinking about reselling it in the next year or so, all car owners will know that their shiny new Audi or Mercedes Benz will be worth significantly less than what they paid for as soon as those papers are handed over.

Whilst the majority of drivers don’t buy a shiny new model thinking about reselling it in the next year or so, all car owners will know that their shiny new Audi or Mercedes Benz will be worth significantly less than what they paid for as soon as those papers are handed over.

Whether you choose to sell your car privately or go through a car buying service, it can be a real kick in the teeth when they undercut the suggested price.

When it comes to selling your pride and joy, you don’t need to give into the first offer – there are ways to prepare your car before selling it, in order to get your monies worth. Don’t believe us? Follow these tips!

When it comes to selling your pride and joy, you don’t need to give into the first offer – there are ways to prepare your car before selling it, in order to get your monies worth. Don’t believe us? Follow these tips!


Get a full service on your car

Your car will be much more attractive to a buyer if you get a full service (unless you’re selling it for parts). If you’re able to show a full-service history, the value of your car will also increase.

While a car’s engine and exterior may show some tell-tale signs of previous problems and its repair history, a full service is a key piece of history for your car.

While a car’s engine and exterior may show some tell-tale signs of previous problems and its repair history, a full service is a key piece of history for your car.

When you get your car serviced, they’ll check everything from the coolant levels to the tyres, lights, wipers, electrics and much more.

If you can go to the dealer and show that your car is in good condition and that all the mechanical bits and pieces are in good working order you will most likely get a higher offer for it.

You can also replace and repair a few bits if need be, and the value of your car could increase by up to 20%. Alongside this, when you’re able to show evidence of a full-service history, you’re also showing the buyer that your car was loved and thoroughly maintained. So, file away those receipts and paper copies, because it will pay off.


Meticulously Clean your Car

When it comes to selling your car, first impressions really do count. No one’s going to expect a second-hand car to look so fresh that it’s just come off of the manufacturing platform, but it does need to look good. By removing everyday marks such as tree sap, mud stains and stubborn dirt, your car will look like it’s had a facelift. Avoid using harsh materials that may damage the exterior of your car. Giving the inside a clean and vacuum will also make it look much better.

By removing everyday marks such as tree sap, mud stains and stubborn dirt, your car will look like it’s had a facelift. Avoid using harsh materials that may damage the exterior of your car. Giving the inside a clean and vacuum will also make it look much better.

Consistently cleaning your car will only enhance its value – we understand that recent studies have suggested that modern paint doesn’t require as much cleaning as older paints, as they can cope with the elements without the need of cleaning.

Yet no paint is immune to degrading, so clean your car regularly, and when it comes to selling you’ll certainly see the benefits of all the hard work.


Get a Fresh MOT

If your MOT is due to run in the next two to three months and you want to sell your car, then you should renew your MOT.

An MOT tests everything in your car, ensuring it meets the standards of the Road Traffic Act 1988. A 12 month MOT certificate is really attractive to buyers, as it acts as a clean bill of health.

Alongside this, you can also get any minor repairs and replacements sorted, which will also contribute to enhancing the value of your vehicle.


Undertake a Few Minor Repairs

As with cleaning your car, undertaking the following minor repairs will help increase the value of your car, which means you could be walking away with your asking price.

– A new set of car mats will smarten up the interior of an older car. – Repairing any damaged to the alloy wheels. – Get small windscreen chips repaired under your insurance (this rarely affects your no-claims discount).

If you want to sell your car or exchange it for parts, and want to get the most for your money, then make sure you get it fully serviced and get a fresh MOT beforehand. Find the best quotes from your local garages in instants with Who Can Fix My Car!

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