Preparing your car for sale
Friday 16 July 2010
Preparing your car properly can make a used car look new, adding hundreds of pounds to its value.
Car maintenance checks
Most car buyers will check under the bonnet when viewing a car. Remember to:
• Check the oil level and top it up if needed – information on this will be included in the car’s handbook
• Fill all water and coolant vessels – again, check the handbook
• Check tyre pressures and replace any worn or damaged tyres
• Repair damage to trim if possible
Washing your car
Spending a few hours cleaning your car could add hundreds to the car’s value by giving it a cared-for look. You could hire a professional valeting service, but washing your car yourself will be much cheaper.
Give the bodywork a wash and remove watermarks with a chamois leather cloth. Alloy wheel cleaner helps remove stubborn dirt from wheels and it’s a good idea to replace damaged wheel trims.
Clean the interior
A clean interior is as important as sparkling bodywork. Make sure you:
• Vacuum the carpets, mats and seats
• Empty the ash trays
• Remove rubbish from the boot and glovebox
• Wipe the dashboard and trim panels with a damp cloth
• Clean glass with a window cleaner and damp chamois
Buyers will want to see the car’s history, so gather it all together and put it in a folder, removing any credit card receipts. Don’t forget to include:
• The V5C registration document (logbook)
• Service history – receipts and service book
• MOT certificates
• Warranty documents
• The car’s handbook
The final step is to gather your car’s documents. Most car buyers will expect to be able to see the VSC registration document (logbook), service log, MOT certificates, any warranty documents and the car’s handbook.
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