However you sell your car, you'll want to get the best possible price for it. Private buyers in particular will be looking for any excuse to negotiate on price, so here's our top tips on how to make sure your car attracts the most cash.
It sounds simple but if your car doesn’t look clean, inside and out, then it could put a potential buyer off paying the amount you’d want to get. If it looks great then someone is more likely to pay top whack for it. Make sure you’ve de-cluttered the boot and other compartments too.
Check your tyres
Do you have under-inflated tyres? Pump them up! Flat or under inflated tyres are really easy to spot and buyers might feel the car hasn't been looked after if the tyres are looking deflated. Check the tyre treads too, since if they're below the legal limit you'll need to get them changed before you sell.
MOT or Service it
If your MOT or service is due soon then you may wish to renew it. This may increase the value of your car as your buyer will trust that the car is likely to run for longer. It may be a pain to do but you’ll be more likely to sell it, so it could be better in the long run.
Top-up your oil and washer levels
If your potential buyer is going to take your car for a spin, they’re going to want a smooth ride. Don’t put them off by having no washer available or the oil light coming on. This is good for your safety as well as theirs!
Show off the paperwork
A savvy buyer may want to see records of servicing and MOTs from down the years, as well as the V5C document, so be prepared to have these to hand if available to you. You may also want to have the driver’s handbook to hand as some people will be keen to get to know the car better.
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