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If you are a smoker, empty out ashtrays and wash them. If you are a pet owner and Fido loves to sit in car with you then make sure you remove all pet hair from seats. Use an airfreshner.
Clean any spillages with a domestic carpet cleaner.
Ensure everything under bonnet is tidy and that engine runs quietly. If you have a squeaky fan belt get it tightened and make sure bonnet stay is present and clips in place.
Check Oil, Screen Washer Water and Coolant. Top up as necessary.
DONT STEAM CLEAN THE ENGINE! It creates suspicion!
If your car's electrics aren't working properly it can turn off a buyer. Make sure all your lights work properly and that you replace broken bulbs.
Put all cars documents together in one place. This includes:
Onwers Handbook Service Book V5 Registration Document MOT certificate if car is over 3 years old Any invoices for repair work carried out on car
This puts any buyer at ease it is shows you cared for car.
8.Know its true value
Don't undo all hard work by accepting first offer that comes along. Make sure you know your car's true resale value.
This can be done either online at:
or you can buy their latest blue book which will show you your cars value.
It is also worth looking at similar cars in classifieds to see what other owners are asking for their's.
This may also give you an idea of features others are using to promote their car and give you some ideas.
Jason Hulott is a Director of Motor Car Loans an automotive resource guide for those looking to buy, insure , sell or in fact do all most anything with a car. Sign up to our free car insurance course, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org