The automotive industry has come a long way since its inception in the 1860s. There have been and continue to be several advancements with time. If you go out to buy a car today, you are sure to find an enormous variety, ranging from high-performance sports cars to electric vehicles with some self-driving capabilities- those too, at competitive prices. Similarly, the automotive market has advanced with time too. Buyers and sellers now have options such as online marketplaces like eBay Motors at their disposal, which were never available before.
If you want to sell your old car, there are some things to consider. For starters, you need to decide if you want to sell to another buyer or to a dealer. Selling directly to a buyer usually fetches a higher price, but it requires putting out an advertisement and a potentially long wait.
Conversely, one could sell to a local dealer for a quicker sale but at a lower price. Whichever way you choose to go, you should first sort out some of the car’s low-cost maintenance issues as this will help you secure the best possible price for your car. Here are some of them:
Dents and Scratches:
If your car has minor damages to its body, such as small dents, scraped paint or scratches it’s important to get them fixed. These adulterations to the cars body, no matter how small, may be construed by the buyer as a sign that the car was not driven carefully, and you could lose the sale as a result. Go to a dent repair workshop to get the dents removed, and a get a fresh paint job for the car.
Windshield, Rearview Mirrors, and Lights:
With time, scratches often develop on the car’s windshield and/ or rearview mirrors. Try to fix these marks if possible. Toothpaste (YES toothpaste!) is known to be effective in removing scratches. If the scratches cannot be fixed, or if there is a cracked or broken windscreen/ mirrors, you will have to get them replaced. Switch the windscreen wipers as old, and worn out wipers are the most common cause of damage to the windshield.
The car’s headlights and brake lights may get foggy with time, or they may just get dim due to excessive use. Their covers may also be physically broken due to any sort of impact. In any case, buy new lamps for the front/ rear lights and replace any broken covers. This is not difficult or time-consuming at all, and you can even do it by yourself.
Now that we have talked about the superficial problems to fix let’s switch gears and talk about what issues in the car’s machinery should be solved. It’s always a good idea to drive the car up to the mechanic for a through service before listing it for sale. You should consider fixing most of the minor issues in the engine that can hinder the drive. Get the engine tuned and refill or replace the car’s fluids such as engine oil and brake fluid. Refill the water in the wiper’s tank and in the radiator. If the brakes have become squeaky and noisy, have the mechanic fix this issue as well. Lastly, get the tires checked and refilled with air if needed.
Yes, you may have to spend some money on this work, but your car’s drive will feel much better. This extra smoothness will be felt by any prospective buyer taking the car out for a test drive. Thus, you will be able to justify a higher price for your vehicle.
Battery and Alternator:
The car’s battery is needed to ignite and start the engine, and the alternator is the unit needed to recharge the battery. Either of these things could wear out with time and use. The battery is very simple to replace, and the car is bought from any automotive shop. The alternator is similarly easy to remove as it is openly accessible. It requires no expertise to do these tasks. Thus they can be done at home too. However, if you are not sure about anything always consult a professional.
Wash the Car:
When selling a car, just like with other commodities, presentability is everything. Although it has no bearing on the car’s performance, no purchaser would like to buy an automobile that looks dirty as this gives the impression that it has not been well kept. It would be best to go to a car wash to have it cleaned thoroughly from both the outside and inside. If you decide to clean it yourself the key is to take your time and do a thorough job. Once washed, get the car waxed to give it a nice glossy and vibrant look. Hang air fresher inside to give the cabin a fresh smell.
A car is not a cheap investment, so the buyer will observe every little detail before parting with his money. It will only facilitate his decision if the car looks and smells clean.
Any maintenance work done on the car before selling it will raise its value. However, it is important to note that not all repairs should be made to the car before selling it. When deciding what work should be done on the car, you have to weigh the cost of work against the rise in value expected by getting that work done. For example, there is no point for me to spend 5000 dollars on repairs if I’ll only be able to sell my car for 3000 extra dollars. As a general rule, any major repairs, such as major faults in the engine or excessive body damage, (e.g., By hail) are not worth making. In such a situation, sites like this one will come in handy to get rid of your car.