5 Ways to Spruce up Your Vehicle Before Selling
Get the Most for your Used Car
When it comes time for a new vehicle, many people will simply take their old one to the dealership and accept what they offer on trade-in. It’s easy, it’s quick, and they don’t have to worry about anything. But they are also leaving a lot of money on the table; depending on the vehicle’s value, you may lose thousands of dollars by not selling to a private party.
The issue is that trading the vehicle in to the dealership is so much easier than selling. But it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at these 5 ways to fix up your vehicle before you sell it. Price it right, and you will be getting calls the same day you put it up for sale.
Put on New Tires
People want to buy a vehicle that isn’t going to require maintenance soon. You can ease their mind by having new tires put on the vehicle so they know they will get 5 years (at least) before they will have to come up with more money to put into their new ride. For a few hundred dollars you could increase the premium you bring in by double that amount.
Now of course that doesn’t work for everyone. If your vehicle is only 2 years old, new tires aren’t going to do much. Use your judgment on this one because it’s not for everyone.
Have it Detailed
Give the car some curb appeal. If the first thing a buyer sees is a dirty car with rain spots, a smelly interior, and grimy carpets, they’re going to be turned off before they even take a test drive. It’s all about feeling good in the vehicle, and it’s hard to feel good when sitting in someone else’s mess.
Bring the car down to Big Sky Collision Center for a full auto detail. We offer one of the most in depth detail packages in Billings, and we won’t break the bank. After our experts have cleaned the vehicle, it will be show room ready, and ready for its new home.
Buff the Headlights
Cloudy headlights are not only hard to look at, they’re hard to see with! When your headlights have had too much road experience, tiny little nicks and dings cause them to become cloudy. Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy to restore them at home. All you need is a kit, or the know-how to do it yourself.
Using fine grit sandpaper, a little elbow grease, and some polyurethane sealant, you can turn cloudy headlights back into crystal clear in no time. They’ll look new, and command the premium that new headlights command.
Fix the Dents
Living in Montana we get dings and dents in our cars. From hail, to rocks flying up, to the stray baseball from the neighbor kids; it happens. When it’s time to sell your vehicle, don’t expect those dings and dents to go unnoticed.
Most can be fixed with paintless dent repair (PDR). It’s a faster, and more affordable, way to have your car restored to dent-free glory. Spending a little money now can vastly improve the price that you get for your vehicle when it’s time to sell it.
Give it a Tune Up
Don’t be that guy. That guy that neglects the maintenance, sells a car that hasn’t had the oil changed in 3 years, and then claims, “There weren’t any problems when I had it!” Instead, make sure to keep up with the maintenance on the vehicle while you own it, and then before you sell, give it a tune up.
Taking it to a mechanic might cost a couple hundred bucks, but you can show service receipts with the sale that indicate all the fluids are replaced, the spark plugs changed, and anything else has been tuned up and put in place. Peace of mind for the buyer is worth a lot.
Let Big Sky Collision Center Fix Your Vehicle
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we pride ourselves in being the best auto body repair shop in Billings. We have more certifications than anyone else around, and we make sure that your vehicle is fixed the right way.
Need to make an appointment for detailing, PDR, or any other repairs? Give us a call at 406-259-6328.
*main image from flickr