Increase Your Vehicle’s Value Before Selling
6 Easy Ways to Get Top Dollar
When it comes time to sell your vehicle, you have a few options. You can trade it in for something else, you can sell it to the dealer, or you can sell it on your own. Going the dealer route is going to save you the most time and effort, but you won’t get quite as much for it. Selling it on your own will net you the most money, but you will have to work for it.
In an effort to make sure that you get the most money possible, we have put together a list of the top ways to maximize your vehicle’s value. Here are a few quick tips that will allow you to get a few hundred extra (at least) from the sale.
Keep the Mileage Low
You don’t have much control over this one when you’re getting ready to sell. But you do if you pay attention throughout the life of the vehicle. High miles are the number one cause of rapidly decreasing your vehicle’s value. If you’re putting on under 15,000 per year, you are probably safe. Over that, and you’re going to get some low-ball valuations.
Mind the Maintenance
Again, keep this in mind throughout ownership. But it’s not enough to say that you’ve done your maintenance… you have to have records of it! Did you religiously change the oil every three months? Have it at least recorded in a maintenance notebook with date and miles. It doesn’t hurt to have receipts from the big stuff too.
Give it a Deep Clean
Auto detailing is often passed over; especially as the vehicle ages. You’re cruising around in a 1997 Honda Civic that’s worth a grand… why detail it? A thorough cleaning could mean the difference of selling your vehicle for $500 more. Naturally you should bring it to the best auto detailing shop in Billings.
Park it Under Shelter
It’s clean, it smells good, and you’re ready to show it off. One rain and your latest wash needs to be redone. If you have the room, park it in the garage to keep it even cleaner until the sale goes through. Avoid parking under trees as bird droppings and sap not only look gross, but they can cause damage.
Fix the Dents and Dings
We are in the business of auto body repair. And we know just how fast a car’s value can be diminished with a few dents and dings. Those that crack and chip the paint are especially bad! Dealerships will hold hail damage sales because they need to turn over their stock quickly. Don’t miss out on potentially thousands of dollars by not fixing dents and dings.
Replace the Tires
One of the easiest ways to sell your rig is to put shiny new tires on it. Buyers don’t want to have to turn around and put more money into their “new” car. You may not recoup the full amount of the new tire purchase, but you will be able to sell the vehicle faster helping to save you money on insurance, gas, storage, maintenance and more.
Come to Big Sky Collision Center
As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings, we strive to provide you the most amazing customer service around. From auto detailing to paintless dent repair, to full on restoration for those bigger items, we will have you leaving with a vehicle that has been fully restored to factory safety standards. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you on the calendar.