How Should I Prepare My Car to Sell?

Ready to turn in your current set of wheels for something brand new, or just something different? According to a study by R.L. Polk, the average age of a modern vehicle is 11.4 years, while the average length of time drivers keep a new vehicle is 71.4 months or about 6 years. If you are looking to change things up with the vehicle you drive, here are a few suggestions on how to prepare your car to be sold.

1. Tidy things up

Appearance and first impressions do matter when you are trying to sell your car. Take some time and do a quick sweep to remove crumbs and wipe away dust from the dashboard. A $5 investment in a do-it-yourself car wash can make a huge difference on how others view the value of your vehicle. While it might seem like a hassle to clean up a car that you are ready to sell, you’ll have a better chance of finding a committed buyer.

2. Fix what you can

Visible damage can set off red flags to any dealership or individual looking to purchase your car. While in most cases, new brakes or tires won’t make much of a difference in the price you’ll get, fixing a broken headlight or replacing a burnt out brake light can reassure potential buyers that you took care of your vehicle and that they are not taking a chance with buying a lemon.

Did you know that buyers of a used car (privately or from a dealership) can tell the seller that they want a mechanic to look over it? And more than likely, if the seller refuses or tries and redirect, there is probably something wrong with the car and buyers will walk away from the deal.

3. Gather all important documents.

Besides the ever so important car title, have service records available along with registration and anything else a prospective buyer might want to see. Cars that have been maintained with scheduled maintenance (inspections, oil changes, filer replacement and tire rotations) retain more of their value.

4. Grab any extras.

Forgot where you stored the spare key? When you are looking to sell your car, now is the perfect time to send out a search party and try your hardest to locate that extra key. Bring extra sets of keys or other accessories along with the vehicle when you make the sale. If you are trying to sell your car to a dealership, they might not give you credit for those additional features of the car, such as a navigation DVD or SD card, if they are not returned at the time of the transaction.

Not sure where to start in order to prepare your car for its new owner? Not to worry, our family owned and operated auto repair shop can help make sure your vehicle is up-to-date on maintenance items and ready for its next journey. Our expert team can help you with any Domestic, European, Japanese and Asian vehicles and we at CNM Auto Repair offer the latest technology and tools to diagnose, service and repair all cars, SUV’s and light trucks.