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Preparing your Car for Sales

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

A few quick and simple works could add hundreds of pounds to your car’s value before selling.

We show you the necessary steps to preparing your car.

Car maintenance checks

Car buyers love to check under the hat when viewing a car. The following checks will ensure your car is in great figure before selling:

  • Check your oil level and fill accordingly. Clean oil looks far better than sludgy treacle
  • Fill all water and coolant bottles up
  • Check your tyre pressure and replace any worn or damaged tyres
  • You can steam-clean the engine bay but avoid going overboard – some buyers may think you’re trying to hide faults. Take care with older cars, as steam-cleaners can sometimes damage fragile parts or connections
  • Clean out leaves and debris from the air intakes and make the engine bay appear well looked-after

Washing your car

Cleaning your car can greatly increase your chances of selling it – without costing the world. Here’s how to make your car gleam with pride:

What you’ll need

  • Car shampoo
  • Sponge
  • Bucket or hose
  • Leather chamois
  • Car wax or polish
  • Window cleaner and cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
    Low-gloss cleaner

Avoid using washing-up liquid, as this can cause rust.