Want To Sell Your Car? Keep it in Great Shape!
Keeping a car in mint condition can be especially grueling when you are planning on selling it. The simple fact is that the condition of your car indicates whether the value will be high or low. While parking in a garage and in the shade will help your car retain its looks (inside and out), there are other important aspects that a buyer will look at. In order to get the best value for your vehicle, you will want to keep your car in mint condition by following these steps:
- Firstly, you should check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to see what service is recommended for your vehicle. This manual has specific details about what needs to be done and when, and it is generally very easy to follow.
- The interior is your main point of selling power. It is what the prospective buyer sees when they are sitting inside the car when they are inspecting it. Therefore, it is best to make sure that the inside of your car is neat and tidy. This means that nothing should be broken (such as the tape/cd player, radio, mirror, or seats).
- Make sure that all the windows are clean and not cracked or broken. While you are inspecting your windows, have a look at the mirrors and lights of your car too. Additionally check if your windshield wipers need to be replaced, as these do tend to get worn-out and deteriorate over time. These little things all add to the way that your car might look to an interested buyer and can make or break a deal.
- New or abnormal noises need to be checked out by a mechanic; especially if noises happen when you accelerate, brake, or turn. If you are unsure about the logistics of what is normal in terms of car noises, then rather be safe and have a mechanic take your car for a test drive with you and you can point out any sounds you hear.
- Make sure that your car tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If the tires are punctured or show signs of wear and tear then have them replaced. If you are not an expert in the tire department (which most of us aren’t) then visit your local tire dealer to have them looked at. A new set of tires can do wonders for the overall look of your vehicle, as well as its handling.
- Check the oil of your car on a regular basis and if the oil needs to be changed then do so. Also clean your engine – a clean engine will run a lot smoother than a dirty one.
- If there are any problems with your brakes then have them seen to as soon as possible. Brake failure is a liability and can lead to accidents.
- Have your belts and buckles checked for wear and tear, if you hear a loud shrieking noise then have them checked as this could indicate loose belts. Also, make sure that all seats have the appropriate belts, are in working order, and look good (no fraying, discoloration, or holes).
- The car battery should be checked by a mechanic once a month for deterioration and should also be cleaned to ensure overall effectiveness of the vehicle. If your battery is older than 5 years, you may want to have it replaced.
- Make sure that your car is cleaned and detailed on a regular basis. If you do this yourself, it is a great way to check that everything is in working condition, looks good, and that there are no scratches or dings in the body work. A regular clean also ensures that there is no dirt or bird droppings that can damage your paintwork.
- Lastly, it is always a good investment to purchase protective covers, especially for the steering wheel, seats, and windshield.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your car remains in mint condition and that you save money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs. Selling a car that is in a good condition guarantees you a better value. So make sure that you keep your car looking good and running smoothly at all times.