Automotive

Tips to Maximise your Part Exchange Value

If you are looking to sell your car, it is a good idea to look into part exchange instead of selling your car to a car dealership. This is because customers usually receive more for their money when they decide to part exchange, as car dealerships have bigger profits to be made so they have to pay less for your car to be able to make a bigger profit when they eventually sell it on.

Keep Your Car In Good Condition

This may seem obvious, but minor defects and imperfections can become majorly costly if you don’t pay for repairs. A top tip for ensuring that your car will look as good as the day you bought it when you go on to sell it, is to invest in a paint work coating system which protects a shiny brand-new paint work from any chips or scratches to the exterior coating of the vehicle.

If you take your pets out in your car, it is important to make sure there are no damages to the fabric of your seats or any nasty smells that may occur from ferrying anxious pets around. Luckily, it is easy to prevent damage from pets within the interior of a car, as seat covers can be used to protect the seats and air fresheners can mask any potent smells.

Make Sure Your Car Has A Full-Service And Mot History

By law, a car needs a MOT every year after the car reaches three years old, so making sure your car has had an MOT when it is required is necessary. It is just as important to make sure your car gets serviced when it is due, but unlike a MOT you do not have to by law. However, if you are looking to get the most value out of your part exchange, a full-service history is needed as some car buyers will not buy a car that does not have a full-service history. It has also been noted that some car buyers prefer when a car has a full service history from a main car dealership, so being particular with your car servicing could even help you get more for your money.

Don’t Smoke in your Vehicle

If you do your research and look at online car market places, you will notice that some sellers make it very clear that their car is smoke free. This is because the smell of smoke can be very off-putting to people who are looking to purchase a car, especially those who are non-smokers. Whilst smoking in a car may not immediately devalue a car, it may make it less appealing, and you do not want potential buyers to be put off a car over something that can easily be prevented.

If you have previously smoked in your car and you now wish you didn’t, not to worry as the smell of smoke can be removed from the vehicle. Cleaning of the interior of the vehicle and heavy duty air fresheners can easily cleanse the smell and your car will regain the ‘new car scent’ in no time.

Don’t Lose your Log Book!

This may sound really silly, but it is a good idea to not lose your log book as it is needed in the re-sale of a car. If a car is to be sold without a log book, you will be charged for a new log book, so this could be taken off the value of your vehicle. The usual cost of a new log book is £25, this may not seem like a lot of money but it is still £25 that will be taken off the value of your car.

Lastly!

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