Selling your car has the potential to be unnecessarily stressful. Posting listings, responding to interested buyers, making appointments to show the vehicle, and negotiating with several people at once can overwhelm just about anyone. If you aren’t sure about how to prepare a car for sale, here’s a brief guide.
Make Necessary Repairs
The first thing you need to do when planning to sell your car is to take it to the mechanic to get it checked out. After all, you can’t sell a broken car, even if you don’t really know that something is broken in the first place. There could be minor issues with just about anything that, should you sell it, it could easily get you in trouble with your buyer. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all. This is also the perfect chance to get that door handle that’s been broken forever or that vent that never really worked properly. This might cost you some money, of course, but it will add selling value to your vehicle to make up for it.
Clean Your Car Thoroughly
It might do you well to hit your car wash to prepare a car for sale. It’s not like this is hard, you probably take your car for a wash on a semi-regular basis. However, you have to be more thorough than usual when it comes to preparing the car for selling. Yes, this means going above and beyond just going taking the car to the washing drive-through. No, you are also going to have to clean the inside of the car as well. You need to vacuum up every crevice, every carpet, and every dashboard. Both the inside and the outside of the car should look pristine when it comes to taking pictures of the vehicle. This is how you actually sell your car: by making it look as the very best version of itself.
Take Informative Pictures
The pictures, of course, shouldn’t just look good. They should, but there is a lot more to it than just the aesthetic components. The pictures need to capture the vehicle’s functionality as much as the way that it looks. You will need pictures of the front of the car, both side profiles, the rear, the front interior, the rear interior, the odometer reading, the steering and dash console, and the trunk. Additionally, get a rear corner shot of the back and side of the car from the left and right corners. If your engine is clean, take a picture of it. If it isn’t, you can do without it. After all, it’s just an engine. The best listings are those with lots of good pictures that give the potential buyer a complete idea of the car. Need Help Selling or Buying Your Car? Auto Bazaar Can Help.