Indispensable Advice For Selling Your Car

Even though your old jalopy is still be performing well, you might decide it is time for a new set of wheels. Familiarity breeds contempt and many people feel it is time to move on to a bigger and better motor after a four or five-year relationship with their pride and joy. There is nothing wrong with that; the market always welcomes a healthy supply of second-hand vehicles to keep it ticking over.

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According to the most popular price guide, your car falls into one of the three categories. It might be in excellent, average, or poor condition. That obviously affects the price it will command on the market. Dealers will adhere to those price ranges, but the public often view their potential new friend with different eyes. You must present it at its best and accentuate the positives if you are to sell it at a top price. That isn’t so hard to do; just look at the car as if you were a buyer, and criticise it. If you can correct the issues that you identify, you are onto a winner and your wallet will soon bulge with lovely money. Here is my indispensable advice for selling your car; it needn’t be hard.


Take your car to a garage for a service. They will change the oil and spark plugs and check the brakes, etc. You will get that money back when you add it to the sale price of the car. The receipt and proof of the service are probably worth more to a buyer than the money you spent on parts and labour. Even though most modern cars are reliable, it gives them confidence in your vehicle.


If the car is due a MOT soon, wait until it passes before you put it on the market. A motor with a new MOT certificate is worth more than an identical model that is due a test soon. You cannot hide safety issues from the examiners, and the buyer will know that the vehicle is safe to use. Combined with the service, you have a convincing excuse to sell in the upper price range.


You must make the car look attractive. First impressions count, so clean the exterior correctly. If you don’t know how the professionals do it, here’s a guide.

  1. Rinse the grit and dust off the bodywork first using a hosepipe or a pressure washer.

  2. Use car shampoo diluted with water to wash the car. You will find a suitable sponge in most discount stores these days. Make sure there is plenty of foam to help cut through the greasy residue that builds up on the vehicle when you drive.

  3. Rinse the shampoo off the bodywork and repeat the process.

  4. Rinse the car once more.

  5. Use a chamois leather and a bucket of clean water to remove the water from the bodywork leaving a smear-free finish. Rinse it often and wring the water out of it.

  6. Apply wax polish to the vehicle from a tin using a circular motion. The more time you spend on this part of the job, the better. Work in small circles on one panel at a time. After a few minutes, when the wax is dry, remove it with a clean soft cloth. Do the same to all of the panels on the car.

  7. Use an electric buffer with a lambswool mop to make the paintwork gleam.

  8. Use a product to make the tyres black and shiny. Apply it with a brush or from a spray can.

Your car will probably look better than at any time since you bought it.

You don’t have to go to a great deal of trouble when cleaning the interior. Vacuum the carpets and clean the windows. If the seats look a bit dirty, you can use household upholstery cleaner to freshen them up. Alternatively, there are products that come in aerosol cans that work well. Spray the foam onto the material and leave it for a few minutes before you wipe it off with a clean, damp cloth.


Maybe you were content with the radio and tape player that came with the car when it was new, but you can improve on it for a small cost. CD players are incredibly cheap these days; it isn’t worth buying a used one anymore. For less than fifty-pounds, you could install a new unit with the latest electronic display and functions. It makes the dashboard look more attractive than it does now and saves a potential buyer a job if they take the car away.

On The Day

When people come to see the car, try not to appear over-confident. Make sure they come to your home, and give them as much time as they need to inspect the vehicle. Have all of the paperwork on hand and point out the location of the VIN (vehicle identification number). Start the engine so that they can listen to it.

They will ask for a test drive, and you must go along with them. You should never let them take the car; they might rob a bank before bringing it back to you. Though you can engage in polite conversation, try not to distract them as they get a feel for the motor. They might race the engine for a moment and pull away from a standstill quickly to check the clutch. It is all normal behaviour.

After the test drive, they may make you an unreasonable offer for the vehicle. It is the point where you must bring out your best haggling skills. If there are other people coming to view it, you are in a strong bargaining position. Though it is normal to bring the price down a little, stand firm and do not drop it below a figure that you decided upon previously. Even if this person doesn’t buy it, somebody will.

Selling a car is as stressful as buying one, and you will wave an emotional goodbye to it as they drive it away. At least you now have the cash to put another seller through the experience you just endured. Be kind to them; you know how they feel. I hope this guide helps you to move upwards in the car market. It’s easy when you know how.

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