Sell ​​your car? Five things you need to do to ensure you get the best price possible

The most important thing you can do to increase your car’s resale value is cosmetic updating, as appearance is the first factor any buyer will consider.

By :
HT automatic desk

Updated on:
17 Oct 2022, 17:28 pm

File photo used for representative purposes only (AP)
Stock photo used for representative purposes only (AP)

When people sell their cars, they try to get the most out of them. Motorists often think that they will have to make large investments in the car to get better resale value. However, that is not always the case. If you think creatively, a few DIY ideas can help increase your car’s resale value without spending too much on it.

The most important thing to do is the cosmetic upgrade as appearance is the first factor any buyer will consider. One can instantly put off a car if it is dirty or has peeling paint. Therefore, fixing the appearance of the car is the first and foremost thing you should do before putting it up for sale.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind to maximize your car’s resale value:

1.Retouch the appearance of your car:
The cars get some scratches and marks on the paint with continued use. But minor cosmetic scratches can be easily painted over with just a few simple steps, such as cleaning, priming, painting and polishing. A smooth paint finish enhances the appearance of the car and increases the chance that the vehicle will sell for a higher resale price.

2. Repair wear:
Small scuffs in places like seats are another easy way to increase a car’s resale value. For this, you can use a simple DIY seat repair kit, leather glue, or touch-up pens that help repair minor scuffs on car seats.

3. Upgrade headlights:
Upgrading the headlights to something in LED or HID can give the car a newer look. Vehicles with new bulbs will appear safer, performant and well cared for. Headlights can also be changed at home.

4. Get new tires:
It may be a good idea to fit new tires on the vehicle. This will instantly increase the vehicle’s resale value, giving it a smarter appeal.

5. Clean the vehicle well:
This is the cheapest tip and can be done with a little effort. You can also hire a professional car cleaning and/or valet service.

First publication date: October 17, 2022 at 17:13 IST

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