Planning on selling your car? This can be a stressful process, particularly if you have
not done it before, but there are a few steps that you can take to make it much easier.
You will want to maximise the resale value of the car so that you can get as much
money as possible while also making it appealing to buyers – here are a few tips:
If there are any minor repairs that need doing then you should get these done –
otherwise, it will put buyers off or allow them to negotiate a lower price.
It can cost some money but you can usually recoup this in the added value that it will bring.
Similarly, you should so carry out basic maintenance on the car so that it is in tip-top
shape when a potential buyer examines the vehicle.
This will include tasks like changing the oil, topping up fluids, changing the air filter and making sure that there is a spare tyre.
It is amazing the difference that a deep clean and wash can make to the appearance of
your car, both inside and out. This is something that you can do yourself or you could
pay a specialist if you’d prefer.
It is equally important that the car comes with the necessary documentation and this is
something that every buyer will enquire about.
This will include the V5C logbook, MOT certificate, service history, owner’s manual and any other documents that accompany the car.
Getting a vehicle history check carried out and showing this to interested parties will
help to show that the car has no hidden secrets.
This is something that most potential buyers would get completed themselves but it can save time if you already have done this and have evidence that there are no issues with the car.
It can be hard to know how much to ask for a car when selling, particularly when you consider that no two used cars are the same.
The best solution is to get a car valuation carried out by a specialist and to show potential buyers that this is how you arrived at that figure. You may have to negotiate but a valuation is a good and fair starting point.
Selling a car can be stressful but it is made much easier when you know what needs to
be done and how you can maximise the resale value.