Should I Repair My Vehicle Before Selling It?
Small Repairs May Return Investment
No matter how well you treat your vehicle, it is bound to get some dings, dents, scratches, and scuffs. Living in Billings, we get some tremendous winds that come through town, and despite your best efforts to part away from others, you will get that inevitable door ding. Throw in a couple rock chips, some scratches from a careless zipper, maybe when your teenager backed into a post… you get the idea.
Now that it’s time to sell the vehicle, you’re wondering if you should repair the dings, dents, and scratches before listing the vehicle. Or is it better to just list it and settle for a lower sale price? Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to ensure that you have the best experience with your vehicle possible. So we put together a few ideas to ponder before you make your decision.
Dents and Scratches Lower Your Vehicle’s Value
It’s not a secret: damage drops the value of the vehicle. But how much does it depreciate with a little damage? Well, that all depends on how extensive the damage is, where the damage is, and the “like new” value of the vehicle.
Some points to consider:
- What’s the difference between the “good” and “like new” value? If having the vehicle repaired is going to cost more than the increase in price, then it’s probably not worthwhile.
- How quickly do you need to sell it? A pristine vehicle will sell faster than one that’s dented. If you need it gone right away, it may be worthwhile to repair.
- How extensive is the damage? Scratches and chips open the vehicle up for rust, and that’s a big red flag to a buyer.
- Again, how extensive is the damage? Often the damage happens behind the scenes, and what appears to be a little dent on the outside can indicate large unseen damage on the inside.
Before you jump right in and make a decision to repair the vehicle, it’s important to know if this is a good financial decision for you. And it’s important to consider the person you’re selling to. You don’t want to sell a “lemon” to an unsuspecting buyer, but you also don’t want to lose money on the transaction.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
When you have crunched the numbers and decided the best course of action, then give us a call! We are ready to schedule your vehicle for auto body repairs in our Billings, Montana shop. We restore vehicles to factory safety standards, and since our technicians are trained in leadership skills, they take ownership of every job they perform. The result: the best repairs for your buck.
Call us at 406-259-6328 and we will get you on the schedule so you can have your repaired vehicle back quickly.