How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

Is it time for a new vehicle? Before you rush to the nearest dealership, do you know how to increase the value of your vehicle before selling it? Let’s take a look at tips on how to maximize the resale value of your vehicle.

According to an article at edition.cnn.com, “Vehicle Resale Value Tips”

car3“If you’re getting ready to sell your car, you may not think minor fix-ups are worth doing now — the new owner could spend the time and money instead of you — but that layer of dirt on your car, the stains on the seat and that burned out taillight send potential buyers the message that you didn’t properly care for your car. That could cost you money.

“You could probably negotiate an extra $300 to $500 if it’s properly cleaned,” said Alec Gutierrez, manager of vehicle valuation for Kelly Blue Book.

According to Lauren Fix, an auto care expert and spokeswoman for the Car Care Council, the value of a “mid-range car” can be increased by $2,000 or more when selling it privately by just sprucing it up and making minor, easy repairs.

Here are eight easy fixes to spruce up your car so it will sell for hundreds — or thousands — more.

1. Wax on, wax off
Got a faded paint job? Don’t spend a fortune getting a new one. Break out the wax and polish your way to adding value to your car.

If your car’s paint has become so faded you no longer remember what it used to look like, try opening the door and looking inside the door frame, suggested Tim Miller, founder of Surf City Garage car care products.

The area inside the door frame rarely gets exposed to sunlight and harsh chemicals so it will be close to the car’s original color.
Keep in mind that all the waxing and polishing in the world may never get it completely back to that color and shine, but at least it gives you something to work towards.

Keeping it shiny: When washing your car, experts advise against using household detergents, like dish soap. To preserve your car’s finish, use products that were created for the purpose.” To read the entire article click here.

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