Top tips to pre­pare your car for sell­ing

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

IF you are think­ing of sell­ing on your old car in ex­change for a new model, make sure you get the best price you pos­si­bly can by fol­low­ing some sim­ple tips from car deal­ers, the Wind­sor Mo­tor Group 1. Clean your car – in­side and out! While this may seem the most ob­vi­ous to many, of­ten times the im­por­tance of a clean ve­hi­cle to buy­ers can be over­looked by sellers - af­ter all, first im­pres­sions are ev­ery­thing. First, use a good qual­ity car sham­poo to wash the car, fol­lowed by a car wax to buff and shine the ex­te­rior - this can help re­duce the promi­nence of any mi­nor scratches or marks. Hoover the in­te­rior, in­clud­ing seats, to get rid of any dust or dirt and fin­ish by pol­ish­ing the dash­board with a qual­ity dash­board cleaner. Give your wheels some TLC too as th­ese are im­por­tant to prospec­tive buy­ers - if you have al­loy wheels, treat and shine them with a spe­cial al­loy wheel cleaner. 2. Doc­u­men­ta­tion – make sure all doc­u­men­ta­tion is up to date and ready to pass on to the new owner. This in­cludes the car's tax book, NCT cer­tifi­cate and an up-to-date ser­vice his­tory of the ve­hi­cle. 3. Ser­vice – giv­ing your car a ser­vice can of­ten be a key sell­ing tool for your mo­tor as it gives the buyer con­fi­dence and re­as­sur­ance in the ve­hi­cle. This shows that the car is healthy, well main­tained and ready to pass onto the new owner. Even sim­ply by hav­ing clean oil in your car can in­crease its at­trac­tive­ness to buy­ers. 4. Do your re­search – in­ves­ti­gate the mar­ket to gauge an ask­ing price for your car by com­par­ing the prices of sim­i­lar models to your ve­hi­cle. This will help en­sure that you don't un­der­value your car and you ne­goti- ate the best price pos­si­ble with your buyer. 5. Fi­nance – never sell a car if fi­nance is still owed on the ve­hi­cle. If you are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing sell­ing your car with out­stand­ing fi­nance, be sure to check with the fi­nan­cial com­pany be­fore do­ing so.

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