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Tips on: Getting Your Car Ready for Sale

17 June 2023

Are you planning to sell your car?

Getting your car ready for sale is important to ensure you get the best price possible. Our guide will take you through the essential steps to prepare your car for sale - from maintenance to cleaning to presentation, we'll cover everything you need to know.

There are lots of benefits to presenting, cleaning, and maintaining your vehicle well especially when it reaches the point where you want to sell it. These factors can help you sell your car quickly and easily. As well as, helping increase its resale value and attracting more potential buyers. All of which can help you increase your chases of selling your car at the price YOU want.

Car Maintenance

Before you put your car up for sale, it's important to make sure it's in good working condition. It's often preferable to most that a car has been cared for and is presented with a good service history.

Here are some key maintenance tasks to consider:

  1. Oil Change: An oil change is a quick and simple maintenance task that can make a big difference in your car's performance. Make sure you have your oil changed before you put your car up for sale.
  2. Tyres: Check your tyre pressure and make sure your tyres have sufficient tread depth. If your tyres are worn, consider replacing them before you sell your car.
  3. Brakes: Make sure your brakes are in good working condition. If you hear any unusual noises or experience any issues with your brakes, take your car to a mechanic to have them inspected.

Car Cleaning

A clean car can make a big difference in how potential buyers perceive your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you get your car looking its best:

  1. Exterior: Start by washing your car thoroughly. Pay special attention to areas like the wheels and the grille. If you have any scratches or dents, consider having them repaired or touched up beforehand!
  2. Interior: Clean the interior of your car thoroughly. Vacuum the carpets and seats and wipe down all surfaces.

Alternatively, why not consider having your car detailed by a professional to get it looking its very best. 

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Car Presentation

Finally, it's important to present your car in the best possible light. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

  1. Photos: Take clear and well-lit photos of your car from multiple angles. Make sure the photos showcase your car's best features.
  2. Advertising: When advertising your car, be honest about its condition and any issues it may have. Highlight any unique features or upgrades that may make your car more attractive to potential buyers.

Ensure you have all the necessary paperwork

Lastly, make sure you have all the relevant documents when preparing your car for sale. This will help increase your car's value and inform potential buyers about its history.

It's best to have the following documents to hand:

  • Vehicle registration V5 document (logbook)
  • Service and MOT history
  • User manual
  • MOT certificates

Selling a car with MOT left on will gain a little bit of extra value when selling. But if it's due to run out, don't worry, we have an easy online service where you can book your car for its MOT at your convenience.

Preparing your car for sale may take some time and effort, but it's worth it in the end. By presenting, cleaning, and maintaining your vehicle, you can increase its resale value and attract more potential buyers. Follow these tips and advice to make your car look its best and sell it quickly. Once you've followed these top tips on how to prepare your car for sale, you'll be ready to take the next step.

Why not start your free valuation either online or by visiting your local Startin Group dealership today. On average we pay 10% more than our competitors, so if you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact one of our sales managers at our dealerships, they'll be more than happy to help!

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