Have you been kicking around the idea of selling your car or trading it in towards a new one? Do you look at all of the dust, dirt and stains covering the interior and wonder how on earth you'll find anyone to buy the car from you? Has the paint lost its luster? Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you get the most out of your car so you have more to put towards a new one.
Have it Professionally Detailed
You could spend all day trying to clean out the interior of the car and another day trying to bring a shine back to the paint, but will your efforts be worth it? Chances are, if you aren't experienced with auto detailing, the results will not be as great as they would have been if you'd taken the car to be professionally detailed.
You don't have all of the equipment, supplies and know-how to get all of those finicky spots out of the upholstered seats, nor do you know how to get the smudges off of the roof lining from when the kids smashed all of the mosquitoes after your day at the beach.
Don't waste two days of your time trying to do what you don't really know how to do. Having the car professionally detailed may result in you not wanting to sell the car after you see how nice it can be after a good cleaning.
Get Multiple Quotes
If you're set on using the car as a trade-in, don't take your first offer. Chances are, if you take your shiny clean used car to enough dealerships, you'll end up with an offer that is more than fair. The fact that the car has been freshly detailed removes some of the work that the dealership would have had to put into the car before they could sell it – the detailing could help expedite this entire process for you.
If you don't like the offers that the dealerships are giving you, try listing the car for private sale. There are so many online resources for selling and buying vehicles that it should be easy for you to find out how much that car is selling for and even the ability to list the car for sale right there on their website.
The better your car looks, the more you're going to get out of it and the easier time you'll have selling it. Hopefully, the tips above will help you get the most from your used car.