When the time comes to sell your car, it is always worth putting in a little bit of extra effort and even money to boost its resale value. It may seem counter intuitive to spend money, but the fact is that a little can go a long way when it comes to negotiating and you will find it much easier to sell an attractive car than one that needs some work.

Car’s Resale Value Top Guide

Here are a few great ways to make the most money when you sell your car. To get an idea of what your vehicle is worth and a good place to start negotiating, companies like HPI provide a car evaluation which is worth carrying out and showing to prospective buyers.

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Maintenance

You do not want to pay a huge sum to have the car fully serviced, but a few repairs may outweigh the trade-in price. Speak to a mechanic to see what is worth maintaining to increase the value. This may include replacing the lights or repairing a cracked windshield.

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Dents and Dings

A few dents, dings and scratches are ok, but anything more than this and it is worth paying to have them removed. The car exterior will be the first thing that a prospective buyer notices, so it is worth spending a little to improve the appearance and make a good first impression.

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Detailing

As mentioned, you will want to make a good first impression so this means that the car should be spotless. A good detailing job is absolutely essential – you could keep costs down by doing this yourself , or pay to have it done professionally.

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Interior

People buy used cars because they are cheaper, but they do not want the car to feel used. The interior can be a personal space, so you will want to remove this by thoroughly cleaning the interior, removing personal items, replacing floor mats and by hanging an air fresher to give the inside a brand new feeling (and smell!).

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Collect all the Paperwork

The paperwork is just as important as the vehicle itself, so collect all of the necessary documentation so that the prospective buyer can look through and find out about the vehicle’s past. They may also get a vehicle history check carried out, which you could even suggest to show that you are genuine.

Spending a little time and money to boost your car’s resale value through the above methods is worth it as you could easily add on a few hundred with just a few simple steps.

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