Every car owner reaches that moment when it’s time to turn in the old wheels and upgrade to a different model. But before you put your car up for sale, there are a few things you should to do make sure you get top dollar for your ride.
Cleaning and Deodorizing
The first thing you should do before anything else is give your old set of wheels a detailed cleaning. Start by removing everything that has accumulated—umbrellas, ice scrapers, wrappers, napkins, kids’ toys, loose change, etc.
Then use a cleaner, disinfectant and odor eliminator, like the ones offered from Odor Smarts, to get rid of any unpleasant odors. Removing offensive smells, like those from mildew or cigarette smoke, can be crucial when trying to make a good first impression with prospective buyers.
Next, be sure to vacuum out the entire car to remove dust and debris, being careful to remove any pet hair, dirt, or crumbs. After you’ve cleaned the inside, get a high-quality exterior car wash, along with a wax. Cars that look great on the outside sell faster than those with obvious blemishes or wear and tear.
Record your Maintenance
Knowing what maintenance has been done on your car is helpful when describing the overall condition. Here are a few items to report:
- How often did you get oil changes?
- When were the tires last replaced?
- Has the car had any product recalls?
- Has the car been painted?
- Have there been any accidents not recorded in the vehicle history report?
If you’re not sure about some of these items, check with the shop that does your regular maintenance to put together a log for any potential buyer.
List the Car’s Strengths and Flaws
In addition to taking good photos, be sure to write a creative ad to make your car stand out from the rest. From your perspective, what has made this a great car? Great storage for road trips? Excellent gas mileage? Easy navigation through tough terrain or snow?
Be honest about the strengths, but also the flaws. If you have a tear in the seat, be up front. If the tires may need replacing soon, let the buyer know. Car buying is clouded with smoke and mirrors, so being honest will allow the buyer to trust you, and ultimately may make your car easier to sell.
Do Some Research
In order to make sure you get the best return for your car, do some research on what you can expect to receive based on make, model, year, mileage, and condition. Whether selling to a dealer or through a private sale, knowing your car’s worth will benefit you during the negotiation process.
And Finally, Be Firm on What You Will Accept
Once you’ve done your research, it’s important to be realistic on setting your selling price. Most car buyers want to negotiate price. If you have a bottom-line amount in mind, be sure to stand firm on it until a buyer comes along. If your price is negotiable, you can inflate it slightly to give the buyer the opportunity to negotiate a reduction.
From detailing your old car to writing a great ad and setting the right price, there are plenty of on-line resources to give you guidance. And remember there’s no better way to remove cigarette smoke smell, spoiled food smell, even skunk smell in your auto than with OdorSmarts Vehicle Kit.