If you ever plan on exchanging or selling your vehicle, it’s really important to try and maintain its value. Keeping your car healthy internally and externally is crucial to make sure your car fetches a top price at trade in. Of course, cars lose value over time and mileage is an important factor, but there are some simple ways you can secure a decent sale. Follow these top tips from the car experts at Windmill and you’ll be impressed with the end result!
- Keep the vehicle running smoothly
It seems quite obvious, but cars need to be in good shape under the bonnet to be attractive to buyers. Keeping up with engine maintenance and annual checks will pay off when you decide to sell. Many drivers will avoid a car service in the hope of saving some cash, but in the long run it will maintain the value of the vehicle. New parts and tyres could be quite costly at the time, but will keep the car in prime condition for a lot longer.
- Deep clean
The interior of the car also needs looking after if you want a fair sale. Bad odours and stains on the seating can put buyers off completely. This means you shouldn’t eat, drink or smoke in the vehicle, and get it cleaned professionally every few months. A deep clean will work wonders for getting a better price.
- Keep service records
A vehicle without all the correct documentation will instantly lose value. A full vehicle history, including service records, will prove that you have looked after the car’s mechanics and everything is in working order. Whether you’re selling your vehicle privately or trading in, both parties will want a service history.
- Care for the paintwork
Minor scratches and dents on the exterior of the car can seem insignificant to you, but they can potentially be a big turn off for buyers. Cosmetic imperfections can be repaired or patched up – or even better, avoided! Be extra careful when parking near other cars and opening your doors. Washing and waxing your car regularly can also improve its appearance and remove marks.
Need any extra help maintaining your vehicle? Speak to our friendly team at Windmill Garage!