Tips To Help You Sell Your Car For More Money
Are you getting ready to sell your car, truck or van? Use these
tips to help you get the most for your automobile before you
place an ad in the newspaper.
Where To Start
You might find it hard to believe, but simply giving attention
to minor details, can get you $300-$1500 more for your car! And
you might not even spend a single penny. Only a few hours of
A well known secret of used car dealerships is the importance
of a GOOD detail job. If you've never heard of auto detailing,
you'd be surprised at what it can do for an automobiles'
What does it mean to 'detail' an automobile?
Think of it this way. Paying special attention to every DETAIL
of the car. Interior, exterior, under the hood, in the trunk.
Using special cleaners and enhancement products, the detailer
will bring out the "shine" in practically any old clunker.
The typical price range for an auto detail is $50-$90. Prices
are slightly higher for larger vans and trucks due to their
size. Look in your local yellow pages for local auto detailers.
Take the time to call a few up and inquire about the 'price for
service'. Be sure you tell them what type of automobile you have
so they will be able to give you an accurate quote.
On Your Own
If you do not want to spend the money for an auto detail, take
it into your own hands, but be prepared to get a little dirty.
I can't stress enough the importance of a sparkling clean car.
You MUST clean out everything if you want to get top dollar for
your auto. People WILL spend more money on a car that has a
"shine" to it. It gives the impression that the car has been
well taken care of over the years.
Think about it, would you spend your hard earned money on a car
that looks completely trashed?
Start with the interior. Why? Because you don't want to wash and
wax the outside, then vacuum and clean the inside which will
just get the exterior dirty again.
If you don't have a powerful vacuum that can handle the carpets
and seats, ask a friend or neighbor. When asking, inquire about
a steam cleaner. This is optimal for a deep, thorough clean.
If your resources turn up empty, check the yellow/white pages
for any "Wash- It- Yourself" car washes in your area. They
generally have powerful vacuums that cost around fifty cents for
approximately three minutes of use.
When you are cleaning the interior, don't forget to clean under
the seats, inside the glove box, ashtrays, trunk, anywhere and
everywhere dirt and grime has accumulated.
You Will Need These
If you do not have these products already, really consider
purchasing: ArmorAll, engine degreaser, some type of polishing
ArmorAll - Those who have used this product before know
what it can do for your interior. It literally brings back
luster and shine to your dashboard, steering wheel, plastic
stripping, door sides, and even your wheels. Use it wherever
Engine Degreaser - Have you taken a look under your hood
recently? You might be surprised to see how dirty it is. Engine
degreaser such as "Gunk" will make short work of that filthy
engine in about five minutes.
The prospective buyer will be impressed when you pop the hood
and show him/her how clean your engine is. Brownie points!
Fix Minor Damages
Does your automobile have any minor damages? Broken taillights,
door handles, mirrors, glove box, ripped carpets and seats?
You may find that you can fix many of these minor damages for a
very minimal cost. Why will this help you sell your car?
Think about this.
Most shoppers will ask a number of auto related questions - How
many miles? Original owner? Any accidents? Is there anything
WRONG that I should know about?
If you have to say "Yeah, there's a broken taillight, the glove
box doesn't open, and the passenger door needs to be opened from
the inside." This immediately gives the prospective buyer the
opportunity to offer you a substantially lower price.
It will be much harder to get the price that you're looking for
if there are little defects with your automobile. Fix as much as
you can. It'll pay off in the long run.
If you know when the prospective buyers are coming, you might
want to think about getting an oil change and/or replacing the
air filter prior to their arrival.
Also consider adding 'octane booster', or other similar
products that temporarily improve engine performance. Especially
important when the prospective buyer takes your car on a test
NOTE: Before buying any products, be sure to ask if the
particular product can be used in your year, make and model of
By simply taking the time to make your car look its best, you
will find that your automobile will not only sell faster, but
will sell for more money.
Having an impeccable appearance will eliminate any doubts the
buyer might have about the quality of care the automobile has
received over the years.
Make sure and plan the time to make your car look in top shape.
It's well worth a few hours of your time to make and extra
$300-$1500 . . . don't you think?