Increase Your Vehicle’s Value with Auto Detailing
A Full Detailing Can Net You More Money
People keep their vehicles, on average, for 6 years. Not a short period of time, but not a long one either. When it comes time to trade-in for something newer, or time to sell on the private market, you want to get the most for your money. Aside from regular maintenance, there’s one trick that you can do to dramatically improve the vehicle’s value: have it detailed.
Auto detailing improves your vehicle’s value, helps it sell faster, and gives you a more comfortable ride. Here’s how.
Increased Vehicle Value
There are quite a few factors that go into determining the price of your vehicle. The body condition, number of miles, engine condition, location, and popularity (when gas prices are high, small efficient vehicles sell at a premium). So how does your vehicle increase in price when it has been detailed?
Consumers want a smooth transaction. If you looked at two identical cars, same mileage, same everything, but one was sparkling clean and the other was dirty, which would you go for? At the same price, the cleaner one. At a cost of a few hundred extra dollars, probably the cleaner one again. A clean vehicle portrays the image that it has been well cared for.
Dealerships want smooth transactions as well. Some vehicles they take in they will turn around and sell on their lot. Others they will send to auction where they’re purchased by the public or a smaller dealership. If your vehicle is to be sold on the lot, and it has already been detailed, that’s one less step they have to take before they can market it to the public. Save them time, they pay you for it.
Increased Vehicle Desirability
Going back to our side by side comparison: even if you buy the cheaper vehicle, and have it detailed, you will still remember the pre-cleaned state. Over time those memories will fade, but you know that the vehicle was gross to begin with.
Most of the time we won’t have an easy side-by-side to choose from though. So when you’re selling your vehicle, if it looks dusty and dirty, it’s not going to catch anyone’s eye. If it looks shiny and newer, more people will stop (or respond to your ad).
A full auto detailing will take care of any little issues with the paint or interior. Some “stains” that you couldn’t get out are easily taken care of with professional grade equipment. Some “scratches” can be buffed out with the right wax and polish. The better the car looks, the more people will want it.
Increased Vehicle Comfort
If you’re driving your vehicle while you’re trying to sell it, you might as well get the comfort that comes with driving a nice clean vehicle. It just feels better to sit in a car that has been fully detailed. That comfort isn’t just felt by you either. Prospective buyers will notice how comfortable the clean car is, and if it has been detailed they will feel good about sitting in it (as opposed to those stains you couldn’t get out, nobody wants to sit on those even if they are dry).
Big Sky Collision Center Details Vehicles
We offer auto detailing in Billings, Montana for competitive pricing. For a full detail, it’s just $175. That investment can increase the value of your vehicle by several hundred dollars. It’s easy for you, just let us do the work. Then you get the reward of selling your vehicle at a premium.
Are you ready to make more on your sale or trade-in? Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to make an appointment.