Selling you car can be a stressful business. You may come across confident buyers who are happy to point out every flaw in your beloved friend, and if you are useless at bartering, it is easy to lose on the deal. Before you promote the sale of your vehicle, you should take steps to make it as attractive to buyers as it can be. It is a straightforward process that you can often complete in only one weekend.
If you are unsure how to proceed, it is lucky that you found this article. You will find plenty of advice and useful tips here to make your car look at its best. Get ready for some hard work, nothing comes for free.
The team at Autohouse believe that the interior of a vehicle must be sparkling clean even if it shows signs of wear and tear. There might be small scratches around the ignition lock or some smoothness to the texture on the steering wheel. Buyers expect to see that in used cars.
Use upholstery shampoo to clean the seats. Not only does it remove dirt, it makes the car smell fresh and clean too.
I prefer to clean the dashboard with a mild detergent rather than use polish on it. Baby wipes are an ideal solution, and you can see how much grime comes off. They leave the unit looking as it should and not too shiny.
Vacuum the carpet and use shampoo to clean it if necessary.
Take the vehicle to your local car wash or clean it by hand. Pay particular attention to the door openings. It is an area that people overlook once the novelty of their new car fades. Take your time and do a brilliant job. Dry the car with a chamois leather that you repeatedly rinse in cold water and then apply a coat of wax. Here’s how to do it correctly.
Pick up some wax from the tin with a soft cloth.
Working on one panel at a time, rub it onto the paint in small circles.
Wait for ten minutes.
Using another soft cloth, wipe the wax off. Use a large circular motion.
When you have waxed the entire body, use an electric buffer to make it gleam.
There are products that will make your tyres look clean and black. It has a remarkable effect and makes the vehicle look fantastic. Some products come as a liquid and others are in spray cans; they are easy to apply.
You must not change the engine oil. When someone is buying a used car, they will inspect it on the dipstick. It should be just black and not the golden colour of new oil. They may think you are trying to hide something.
It is acceptable to fit a new air filter to make sure the engine runs well, and to wash the paintwork on the inside of the engine compartment. It is a mistake to steam clean the engine because the buyer may think you are attempting to hide an oil leak or some other problem. People expect to see a dirty engine on most used cars.
If you follow the above advice, you should expect the hard work to reflect in the selling price and the speed at which you shift the vehicle. That will make the process enjoyable rather than stressful.