Everyone wishes that they could keep their first car forever, but there eventually comes a time when you will need to upgrade for one reason or another and will find it necessary to sell your old car. Some people sell their vehicles because they need a newer, larger vehicle for their growing families. Others decide to sell their old vehicle because they want something that offers better gas mileage for commuting to work, school, and home. Still others might decide to sell their old vehicles because they simply want a newer and nicer car. No matter what your reason is for selling your old car, you will need to know how to prepare it properly so that you will have an easier time selling it for a good price.
If you want to sell your car, then you need to make sure that it looks clean and attractive, or people will not be very interested in purchasing it. If you try to sell a dirty car, then people will be more likely to think that you don't take good care of your vehicle or keep it well-maintained. So make sure that you spend a little bit of extra time and money having your car detailed and thoroughly cleaned so that it will look as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Along with washing your vehicle, you should also make sure that you clean any debris or odds and ends out of the door bins, trunk, and the interior of your car.
Next, be prepared to spend some time sorting through the papers in your glove box, and only keep essential papers that pertain to your vehicle. All other documents should be removed from your vehicle and stored somewhere else. If you have documentation that shows your vehicle's maintenance history, make sure that you keep those in your car because potential buyers will most likely want to see them.
Next, take a moment to honestly assess the interior of your car. Does it smell a little bit like old French fries or dirt and grease? Do the seats looked cracked, stained, or dirty? Does your steering wheel look like it has definitely seen better days? You can make your car much more attractive and welcoming if you take the time to purchase some air fresheners, seat covers, and a steering wheel cover. These are fairly inexpensive ways to make your car look fresh and clean so that you can impress potential buyers.
You may not even think about what your vehicle looks like under the hood, but many potential buyers will look there to make sure that your car is in good condition. You should lift the hood and run a rag over the dirtiest areas, focusing on any engine spills that can be easily mopped up with a rag.
Finally, look over the outside of your car and make sure that it is in pristine condition. Check your tire rims, hub caps, and any other nooks and crannies that you might have missed. You should also make sure that your tires are filled and that they look healthy and in good condition. Even though these are all small and simple things to do, they will make a big difference in how your vehicle is perceived by potential buyers.