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things to check before selling your car

If you have decided that the time has come to sell your vehicle, you can’t simply put it on the market with little consideration. You need to ensure that it is ready to be sold. To determine whether you are sale-ready, ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have a negotiable price in mind?

You have probably already thought about the price you want to sell your vehicle for. But, what happens if someone wants to negotiate with you? How low are you prepared to go? It is important to think about this long and hard before you put your vehicle up for sale. After all, the last thing you want to do is be caught off guard and end up selling your vehicle for a lot less than you wanted. Plus, if you are not willing to go under your asking price, it may be a good idea to consider raising that a bit, so you do have room for negotiation if someone wants to barter with you.

Have you taken great photographs of your vehicle?

It is so important that the photographs you take show your vehicle in the best light. It’s just like when you are selling a house. You take photos in the best light, ensure everywhere is tidy, and that the rooms look as big as possible. Why should your car be treated any differently?

Do you have all of the documentation in order?

You need to have all of the necessary documents gathered before you sell your vehicle. This includes your car’s manual, previous sale documents, and service history. After all, a buyer is going to want everything in writing; they aren’t merely going to take your word for it.

Have you gotten rid of all dents and scratches?

Of course, you won’t want to spend a lot of money on fixing your car up, as you could diminish your profits considerably. However, there are some improvements that you will need to make, and getting rid of dents and scratches is a must. If you have a deep key scratch in your car, you may think you have an impossible task on your hands, but that’s not the case. You may also want to look at a firewall for cars and other value-adding improvements.

Has your car been serviced?

There is nothing worse than selling your vehicle, only to get a phone call later to find out that something has gone wrong. Not only is this a massive inconvenience, but you could find yourself in hot water from a legal perspective as well. This is why it is so important to get your car serviced before the sale. Needless to say, if you have an older vehicle, it becomes even more pivotal, as there is a greater chance of problems occurring.

Is your car spotless?

Last but not least, it is important to ensure that your car is in spotless condition – both inside and out. Polish the exterior of the vehicle, and make sure any damage, stains, or dirt inside your vehicle has been addressed. 

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