How to prepare your car for sale?

When the time has come to sell your old car, you will probably want to earn as much money as possible. If the car has been used a lot and you haven’t really taken care of it lately, it probably won’t look too attractive to a buyer, so the amount of money you can get will probably be quite small. Fortunately, there are some methods how you can easily raise the value of your car, even it’s not in the best technical and visual condition right now.

First make a deep cleaning for your car. By that is meant not only washing but cleaning from the inside and outside with professional cleaning products. Use plastic restorers to fix all the small dents and wax to make car shiny again. Also use powerful vacuum to get rid of all the dirt inside the car and use some air fresheners to restore the smell of a new car. This will take some time and also small money investments, but it will make your car look lot more attractive to the buyer, because it will look a less used.

Also it would be useful to get rid of all the dents and scratches. All the older cars has some. They doesn’t really disturb the driver and also doesn’t cause any serious problems to the car, but they really make a car look less attractive to the buyer, because they prove that car has been used a lot. Again, this will coast some money, but it will be possible to sell a car more expensive.

Also check all the essentials such as oil and brake fluid levels, basic electrics, tiers etc. If the potential buyer will know something about the cars, he will definitely check all these things before buying your car, so make sure at least those things work correctly. You can do it either by yourself or at any car service. Also repairing these thing usually isn’t too complicated and expensive, unless they are caused by some serious damages.

When the car looks fine for selling, you should also collect all the documents for your car. That includes not only the necessary ones such as registration and insurance documents, but also all the receipts for repairs and other works done to your car. That will be a proof of that you have been taking care of the car all the time and prevented all the small problems soon as they appeared. It is even more important if you have changed some of the parts of the car with original ones. That also will be a proof that car is in a good condition and there haven’t been any cheap parts and details used to repair it.

With these small improvements you can make your car look lot more attractive to any buyer. If there won’t be any signs that car has been used a lot without taking care of it, there will be no problems to sell it for a higher price. Actually with these woks you can raise the value of the car by more than 20%.

Ways how to sell your old car

Usually when it’s time to get a new car there are a lot of decisions to make. You not only have to decide what kind of car you want to buy, but also what are you going to do with old car. If you want to sell it, there are many options how to do it. Here is the evaluation of the most popular ways how to sell your old car.

The first option is to sell the car to the main dealer from which you are buying the new car. Most of the main dealers offer this option. Actually it works more like a part exchange of cars. The main advantage of this deal is easy and fast selling. You need to cooperate only with one dealer and you will be able to get rid of the old car and get the new car at the same day. The main disadvantage is that main dealers usually offer very low prices. They will have to sell it to local dealer and the local dealer will sell it further, so each intermediate also have to earn from this deal. This method is suitable for those who want to get rid of the old car fast and is not willing to get the best possible price.

A bit higher price you can get by selling it to local used car dealer. This is quite similar to the first option, but the difference is that there will be fewer intermediates in this deal, so you will be able to earn more money. Also there is no part exchange available. Probably there will be able to buy your new car there as well, but those will be separate deals. The advantage of this method is the opportunity to save the time, because it s fast and simple, beside you don’t have to go far away to sell your car. The disadvantage is that the price is still quite low. This option also is appropriate for those who don’t have much time to deal with selling the car.

The last option is to sell privately. There are many ways how to do it, but the easiest one is to advertise online. Then you will be able to contact large audience with one advertisement, beside it’s totally free of charge. Also it is possible to advertise elsewhere for example in special car magazines or some local newspapers, but it usually is not free of charge. Selling privately is the way how to get the best price, because you won’t need any intermediaries. It also means that you have to do the entire job by yourself. It is lot harder to find a buyer this way. Sometimes it takes a very long time until you are finally able to sell your old car. This option is best for those who can wait and are willing to sell the car for the highest possible price.

All these options have their pros and cons, but one of them must be more suitable in each situation. Before selling the car you need to understand either you want to sell it more financially advantageous or faster and easier.