3 Things to Fix Before Selling Your Car

If you’re in the market for a new car, chances are you aren’t interested in investing time and money in your old one. But getting it a bit polished for resale, whether you’re trading it in to lower the price of your next purchase or you want to sell it to an individual owner, can give it a much higher selling price. Here are three things to consider fixing before putting it on the market:

  1. Do some DIY servicing. This is especially important if you’re selling the car yourself because prospective buyers will take an older model with a bit of damage as long as they know you took care of the car. Make sure the tires are filled with air, replace any dim exterior lights and clean the cloudiness away from the covers, and make sure the inside looks clean. You should also get an oil change: when the potential buyer sits in the driver’s seat, they’ll see the expected mileage for the next change and know that you’re keeping up with it.
  2. Get rid of obvious dents. Dents automatically knock down the price of a car whether you’re selling to a dealer or an individual. Take it in so a mechanic can give you an estimate on the dents that hurt your car’s sellability the most. With paintless dent repair, the repair bill will be lower than you might have thought.
  3. Get all the fluids checked. Depending on the season, your buyer is either going to flip on the air conditioning or the heating, and it needs to work as well as it can. Even if your car is getting on the older side and its systems can’t blast temperature-controlled air as well as they used to, ensuring that the anti-freeze and coolant are adequate can help it do its best (and it’s another sign you take good care of the car).

Some people also recommend replacing the tires and the brakes, especially if the brakes are noisy, but that’s not always in the budget. By making small changes and ensuring the car looks clean and well-maintained, you’ll find a good buyer. Go to Key Collision and Paint Center for expert help getting your car ready for sale.

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