It goes without saying that you would probably not consider buying a car that looks shabby and neglected. Right?
If the wheels are pavement-scuffed, there’s tons of trash inside and the seat upholstery is dirty and unvacuumed, it signifies an owner didn’t take pride in his ride. When you see this kind of stuff, it might be safe to assume that the car was not always serviced regularly, too.
If you wouldn’t buy a crapper like that, don’t be surprised if no-one wants your car if it looks even slightly the same way.
SO, before you sell your car, consider these 8 things as PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING!
- Wheels and glass: Having a car with clean, scuff-free wheels and gleaming windows is half the battle won. To repair a damaged alloy wheel is roughly R750. Invest in having them done – you will get more than your money back. Ditto to having the windows buffed – a quick fix.
- Bodywork: Attend to little nicks, scratches and those irritating parking lot dings where inconsiderate drivers open their doors against yours. There are plenty of repair shops that could attend to these (think Dent Doctor, Dent Magic and the like), and you don’t have to involve your insurance company. These suppliers could also buff the complete car at minimum cost.
- Interior and the engine: Invest in a proper valet – Steam clean the inside and under the bonnet and everything will look fresh and new again.
- Don’t forget the boot: Clear out all the ash and have this properly vacuumed as well. Don’t forget to lift the carpet to clean the wheel well, all the tools and the spare tyre. If the tyre is beyond economical duty, replace it, or your buyer will want a discount on the price anyway to pay for a fresh one.
- Service history: The most important asset when selling your car. Providing documentation to attest to your car having a full service history (FSH) from new equals peace of mind to the new buyer who will want to be assured of the fact that mechanically, your car has run like clockwork. While no guarantee, at least it is some measure of safeguarding that it doesn’t break down around the next corner.
- Sell before the warranty expires: The moment a car’s warranty expires, so does its value fall through the floor. Selling a car with a balance of warranty means your car has more value than one without, and offers recourse to the new buyer should a mechanical defect crop up some time down the line.
- Sell before the service plan expires: Ditto above. Having a plan with some balance remaining ensures a new buyer has no immediate future maintenance costs to budget for. Mechanically, he or she also has recourse should something go wrong in the foreseeable future.
- Sell before 100 000km: There are certain thresholds of perceived value and age to a car. Below 100 000 km is one such, when a car is still deemed to be fresh enough to have many years of economic motoring ahead. Beyond this point a car is deemed ‘old’ and subsequently has lesser value.