Like any other thing when you decide to sell your car, chances are that you will not be the only one selling which means that you will be in direct competition with the other sellers. Preparing your car for sale is probably the single most important thing you can do to make sure that you are getting what you feel that the car is worth. This post is aimed at anyone considering selling their car, it highlights simple steps to take to make sure that your car is ready for sale and can stand up to scrutiny.
Before you even attempt to advertise your car, you should make use that it has been cleaned inside and out, as a seller, you need to be able to justify the price tag on the car and to do this your car needs to be tidy and flawless. If the vehicle requires any minor damage to its paintwork or body, then you should address before you list it as for sale. It is also a clever idea to get a new MOT at least 3 months before the current MOT expires as it says a lot about the car’s current condition.
Remember to inform the seller about any major repairs that you think might affect the performance of the car. If you know of any faults with the car but ‘forget’ to inform the buyer then you could be breaking the law. If you are strapped for time you should consider investing in a professional valet service. You should also check the basic electrics to make sure that they are in proper working order, check the windows, sunroof and booth to make sure that they work as they should.
It is important to check the integrity of your tyres before you put up a for-sale sign. Check that all tyres are pumped in case the buyer wants to drive the car away after purchase. Remember to check the tread against the legal requirement whilst also checking for cuts and bulges in the tyres. If so notice anything that you think might affect the performance of the car you can check for tyres online for replacements.
To get as close to your asking price as you can, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary documents that comes with the car. The V5C logbook and the owner’s manual are some of the most important things that should come with the car, the DVLA issues the V5C logbook as proof that the holder is the owner of the vehicle and if you don’t have this there is no way to really prove that you are the owner of the car.
To add extra value to your car, you should have the full-service history available to justify the asking price to buyers, it is also worth digging out old receipts to prove you have been investing in the car since you got it.