Selling Your Car? The Best Ways To Get The Most Money

Apr 20, 2020 | Lifestyle

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When it comes to your car, we all know that there is an expiration date when it comes to how long you can keep it running for. Some people choose to change their cars more regularly than others, and as it is a depreciating asset, sometimes it is best to try and change your car sooner rather than later. The one thing we can all have in common when it comes to the cars and changing them is wanting as much money as possible to ensure that you can get the most out of your asset. So how can you do that? Thankfully, there are some solid methods that you can try to ensure that you can increase the value and maximise the amount of money that you have. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do. 

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1.  Keep Your Car Serviced

One of the first things that you might want to consider when it comes to selling your car is to ensure that your car is serviced regularly. Different cars and manufacturers will have different servicing levels when it comes to their cars, so you will need to ensure that you keep up with the schedule that you need to have for your car. Most commonly, this is likely to be every twelve thousand miles or twelve months whichever one you will do first. A service will check for general wear and tear items and help you to determine if things will need to be replaced in the future. This could be your tyres, your brakes and even things like your windscreen wipers. They can also help you to prepare your car for an MOT that will require certain things to be replaced for it to pass. A full service history and an up to date MOT will help you maximise the value of your car.

2.  Make Sure You Perform Any Warranty Repairs When Needed

Many cars will also have a warranty from when they are registered and this is likely to last around three years, but some manufacturers offer longer periods of warranty. You might find that you need to get certain repairs done and if you are in warranty this will be the most cost effective way to do it. You will want to ensure that all repairs have taken place as anyone placing a value on your car for you to sell it will want you to have a car that is in good working order. Some cars come with extended warranty and you may want to invest in one as this could be a great selling feature for your car when selling.

3.  Keeping Your Car Clean

You will want to present your car in the best possible light and so keeping your car clean before it is valued is a great way to do it. Your car may have had decals placed on it previously, but you gmith want to get these removed before your car is valued. This is when you could be researching how to remove car decals without damaging paint to ensure that you do this correctly. Your car will need to be presented in the best possible light, so bringing it back to original colour and paintwork will help you to do this.

4.  Repairing Any Damage To The Paintwork

On the subject of paintwork you might also want to ensure that you do what you can to repair any damage to the paintwork. This might be simple dents that have affected the bodywork, or it could be scratches that are there. Dents and scratches can happen at any time, and you don’t need to have been involved in an accident for damage to take place. But the sooner you rectify the damage and repair it the better it will be. The last thing you want is a value depreciation because of a small dent that could have been easily rectified.

5.  Shop Around And Avoid Taking The First Offer

Finally, you may know what car you want to replace your existing one with, but ensure that you don’t take the first offer. Shop around and visit different dealerships to help you determine what the best offer is. Once you have found the dealer you want to deal with ensure you do your research and negotiate to get the best possible price.

Let’s hope these tips help you to sell your car and get the best possible price for it when you part exchange or move on to your next vehicle.


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