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When you make a decision to sell your old car, you will have to take a critical look at it.
You should understand that it can have defects that you don’t pay attention to during daily use. However, they can spoil the buyer’s impression and lover the car’s price.
The importance of pre-sale preparation is quite clear even if you want to sell your junk car for cash. You have to figure out what to repair in the car and what manipulations can be skipped. In this article, we gathered five tips on how to make your car look more expensive.
If a fender or bumper needs to be repaired, it may be more profitable to give the buyer a discount than to spend a lot of time and money on fixing the defect. Check that the door handles and the glove compartment lid, dust the air duct grilles, empty the trunk of personal things, replace any burned out bulbs and make sure the fuses are intact. Get rid of the rattling of plastic panels, which (due to broken fasteners) can go off in some places.
Before selling, it is better to wash the car not only outside but also inside. You need to vacuum the interior and remove odors. If you smoke, it is better to stop smoking in the car at least a couple of weeks before the sale because it is difficult to get rid of the cigarette smell.
Be prepared for the fact that the buyer will definitely look under the hood, so make sure the engine is clean. However, a perfectly clean motor in a car with significant mileage can alert the buyer. What if you are trying to hide oil smudges? In any case, the main goal of pre-sale preparation of a car is to make the new owner like the car and not to eliminate all its defects.
Scratches, dents, and rust significantly reduce the cost of the car. Restorative polishing will help get rid of minor defects. However, if the problem is more serious than a couple of chipped paint areas, you may have to repaint damaged parts or completely update the appearance of your car.
Restoring factory paintwork is a rather difficult and expensive procedure. Instead, the car can be glued with vinyl or polyurethane film or coated with liquid rubber. It is quite difficult to apply the film to the car yourself. It’s a little easier to work with liquid rubber. It can provide a smooth, seamless film on the car’s surface.
A car with shiny rims and black tires treated with a specific composition looks more expensive. Therefore, it is necessary to thoroughly wash all stubborn dirt and get rid of dust with the help od special cleaning agents. Don’t forget about the spare tire, it shouldn’t contrast with the rest weels.
For some car drivers, an extra set of wheels will be another factor in favor of buying your car. However, you don’t have to include them in the car’s price. Sometimes it’s more profitable to sell them separately.
Dirty headlights should be disassembled, washed, and polished. Stained optics make the car look visually older. If the headlights don’t work, it is better to replace them. Headlights can be polished at any car dealership.
But if you want to save money, then you can polish the headlights yourself. With the necessary equipment, it can take only half an hour. Plastic optics of modern cars are polished with abrasive disks with different gradations. After mechanical grinding, you need to polish the surface with a special paste. At the final stage, apply protective varnish to the headlights in a few layers.