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Preparing your Car for the Sale

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When you sell a car, presentation is everything. Prospective buyers will be more likely to express interest in buying it if the car is in an attractive condition. A car that is clean, shiny and that looks like it has been well cared for is far more likely to result in a sale than a car that is dirty and looks unloved. This often means spending some time making the car look good before being viewed. Preparing your car for a sale can range from a simple clean and polish to having dents, scratches and damage repaired. This article offers advice on making the most of your car to get the all-important sale.

Clean Your Car

Cleaning both the interior and exterior of your car before a viewing is essential. Many car owners see this as a boring chore (especially if you have several viewings lined up), but it is worth doing if you want to create a good impression to prospective buyers. When washing your car exterior, use a car shampoo, as washing-up liquid will create rust on your car. If the car mats are dirty, you may want to wash them before vacuuming. For cleaning the windows, use a window cleaner.

Car Polish

For a car that is several years old, a full car polish is one of the best ways to use presentation to sell a car. For those on a motoring budget, this is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to prepare your car for the all-important sale as car polish is usually fairly inexpensive.

Car Maintenance

It is likely that a prospective buyer will want to take a look under your car's bonnet. Because of this, you should check the fluid levels (including oil and water levels). If these are inadequate, get them replenished beforehand as this will impact better as far as a prospective buyer is concerned. Keep an eye on your car's tyre pressures too. If any of the car's tyres are worn or damaged, think about replacing them. As a final check, get rid of any leaves or debris that may be clogging up the intake.

Fix Any Damage

If your car has any damage that would create a bad impression with prospective buyers (such as broken headlights), you should spend a little time and money getting it repaired. If you are on a motoring budget, you may be reluctant to do this, but it can swing a sale in some cases.

Scratches and dents to the bodywork of your car can also create a bad impression with prospective buyers. Again, it is worth your while getting these fixed by a professional.

For a car that is nearly new, you may prefer to have it professionally cleaned and polished. For those on a motoring budget, you can do so yourself, but the effects won't be quite so impressive.

You are unlikely to sell a car if its presentation is not attractive to prospective buyers. Taking the time to give it a quick car polish can make all the difference between a successful sale and a rejection. For those on a motoring budget, a full car polish is an inexpensive way to improve your car's presentation and appearance before a prospective buyer comes to view it.

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