Getting a Great Price for Your Car
“What is my car worth?” is a question that we really need to know the answer to when selling our used car. Why? Because we want to know we are getting the best price we possibly can. It is incredibly easy these days to sell our used cars, thanks to companies who are all but guaranteed to take them off our hands. However, the convenience of these services means that they do not pay you well. The best way to gain more profit when selling? Do it yourself!
So what can YOU do to get the maximum amount of money for your used car?
Fix Any Chips
Stone chips & small scratches are to be expected on any cars used regularly as part of everyday wear & tear. However, a stone being flung at your car as you’re driving down the motorway at 70 mph will most certainly damage your paint or windscreen. Although these chips do not affect the performance of your car, they do affect the appearance & so potential buyers will try & knock down your asking price.
Fixing these scratches & chips is not hard, for example, for any paint issues buy a touch up pen from your local car dealer. For windscreen damage, use a reputable company that will either a) repair any chips for a small fee or b) repair them for free as long as you are covered on your insurance for glass damage.
Give it a Clean!
OK so pretty obvious BUT making your car look as good as possible can really help to convince a buyer to purchase it from you. It shows that you have looked after the vehicle well. This can help reassure the buyer that, hopefully, nothing bad will happen to the car once they have driven it off of your drive!
The most cost effective way to get a clean car is to do it yourself! Of course there are plenty of car washes & valet services available if DIY car washing doesn’t take your fancy!
Get a MOT
If your MOT date is fairly close to being due, it’s probably a good idea to get it done before trying to sell your car. Buyers are much more likely to pay you a decent price if they also get a 12-month MOT certificate alongside the car. Would you trust an unknown car that hasn’t been put through its MOT? Buyers don’t want to end up having to cover unexpected costs if it were to fail.
Also, don’t forget to gather all the paperwork you have for your car before selling – MOT certificate, service history, repairs etc. Again, all of this will contribute to the car being more valuable & attractive to the buyer.
Check the Wheels
Do you have alloys on the car you are selling? It is worth checking each one to see if there is any damage to them as this can seriously knock the price of your car down. You can buy a repair kit & do it yourself or hire a professional for around £75+ per wheel.
Something else you must check are your tyres. If the tread is really worn then, again, a buyer will try & knock your price down. Careful though – you don’t need to buy brand new, expensive replacements. Just make sure they are of a decent tread & won’t need changing by the buyer in the immediate future.
Advertise In the Right Places
There are so many more potential places to sell your used car than there were in the past. Before, we relied on posters in car windows or an advert in a magazine. Now we have access to a wide range of selling sites online. Try & get your car listed on as many as possible!
To attract the most potential buyers, take as many photos as you can from a range of different angles. Show the interior AND the exterior of the car. Also try & include as many key words in your advert’s headline as you can to give a buyer as much information as possible. It’s best to include the brand, model, year, engine size, number of doors, horsepower & the type of fuel.
With these simple tips, you should be able to sell your used car for the maximum amount possible. For more information, check out the Cars.com selling page, which is full of additional useful information. Good luck!