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Depreciation is a reality, but there are things that you can do to increase the value of your old car. Unless you plan to keep the vehicle until it is ready to be hauled off to the recycling graveyard, you need to know what to do to get top dollar when you decide to sell it. A clean, well maintained car is worth more to a customer than a tired, worn out one. Before buying a new car, you will want to dispose of the old one. This may be done by selling it to other customers willing to buy secondhand cars. You can increase its value by keeping maintenance up to date and sprucing it up with a few clever tricks just before selling it. Here are tips that will give you a competitive edge and help earn the most cash from the sale.
1. Get All the Paperwork into Order
It is advisable to check that the service book is up to date. Prepare detailed service records and all the receipts of recent works done on the car. It is also important to have the license and registration documents handy.
2. Do the essential maintenance
The very best way to add value to a car is to take care for it every day. Don’t ignore those lights on your dash and don’t wait a year to have something repaired. Forge a good relationship with a reputable service center and ask for a work out payment plan so as to do a few things every few months.
4. Car interior restoration and fixes
It is worthwhile to replace tactile items such as steering wheels or gear levers. An auto trimmer can re-cover those for the car, dye seats or fix leather cracks.
3. Restoring the car’s interior
If the car has a color-coded bumper, there is no need to have a new one, as the experts will know how to erase minor scratches. Ultimately, the best way to avoid having a banged-up look is to care for the car in the first place and have repairs done as they happen.
5. Make Sure the Car is Spotless
Having the car cleaned professionally will give it extra curb appeal. This is not only shampooing and waxing the interior but also having the engine cleaned. By spending a few coins on cleaning the car, this could seriously increase the selling price.