steps are to prepare your vehicle, follow the steps below to increase the
value and the chances of selling.
Engine bay: -
Steam cleaners can be used
to clean an entire engine bay but make sure all the electrics are
covered and kept away from moisture.
I prefer using engine
cleaner products on the inside of the bonnet, tanks and the top of the
engine and leaving everything else as not to degrease any moving parts
or ruin any electrics.
Make sure the window washer
and coolant are topped up if required and check the level of the oil.
The first few seconds of
viewing a car can make or break a sale; this is why starting with the
cars exterior is the most important.
Try and think what a
showroom car looks like and try to recreate this with your car, purchase
good quality car shampoo, polish, black bumper gel, tyre spray and
Clean every area you can
see, remember some potential buyers will get down on hands and knees so
clean the wheel arches, wheels, door sills, engine bay etc.
Clean off any green marks
around the window rubbers, get rid of any rust around the wheel arches
or other areas with rust removers and use an original manufacturer touch
Touch up as many stone chips
as you can and remove rust first if any has arisen. Make sure there are
no watermarks and no dull areas on the paintwork. If there are you can
try using a clay bar or a car mop from a body shop. Try and stay off
products such as t-cut as they make the paintwork duller over time
because of ammonia content.
There are various companies
who offer paint-less dent removal and scratch removal without
re-spraying the whole panel.
Touch up any alloy curbing
you can with silver paint or refurbish if they are beyond minor touch
There are very few buyers
who are after a modified car so it is worth selling all the expensive
alloys, suspension or anything else you may have to fully return the
vehicle to factory specification.
Make sure you clean the
interior as well as the exterior by cleaning the roof lining, windows,
dashboard, carpets, seats and all the buttons that may have become
I would advise getting any
strange smells out of the car and removing any rubbish, loose items or
anything that didn’t come with the car, such as scented trees or
non-factory specific floor mats.
If you have a leather
interior, cleaners and conditioners can make a huge different if you
have never used them before.
A leather interior is a
valuable asset to flaunt when selling a vehicle so try and get as good a
finish as possible.
Make sure you highlight your
vehicles assets by stating what extras it has – CD player, air
conditioning, leather interior, alloy wheels etc.
Don’t go into too much
detail unless you are selling a specialist car and you think potential
buyers will be interested in the repairs or where you usually have your
If your vehicle comes with
an MOT or Tax for 12 months, make sure you write this as this can
increase the value.
You can advertise your car
on our forum for free or any other magazine or website of your choice.
Make sure to price your vehicle realistically and take some good quality
photo’s of the most attractive areas.
Handling the sale: -
Don’t get pushed down too
low on your asking price. This won’t be the only person who is
interested in your car so be polite and say no thank you if the offer is
not good enough. You may even find they will come back if they can’t
find anything better.
Try talking through with a
friend how you would sell your vehicle, particularly useful if this is
your first time.
Talk up all the good points
and let the buyer know of any bad points as this shows your honesty and
will give you a good name if you come to sell more cars.
Only let the potential buyer
test drive the car on proof of insurance for the day and try and avoid
“test pilots” if you are selling a high performance car.
Have all the documents ready
including service invoices so the potential buyer can see what has been
Try to take a bankers draft
or cash if possible. If the buyer wishes to pay by cheque, don’t let
them take the car away until the cheque has cleared.
Use common sense on the day,
don’t let the potential buyer drive the vehicle without you or a friend
present, don’t leave receipts with your card number’s on in your
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