Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Just sell it as it is....

How to maximise the re-sale value of your car.

You need to sell your car, there's nothing wrong with it you just fancy a change.
It's been serviced regularly, it's all taxed and the MOT is valid. Ok so there's a few scrapes on the bumper, the paint on the wheel on the wheel arch is scratched and the alloys have some kerbing damage......but hey what car doesn't ?

Before you forge ahead and decide it's not worth bothering with the expense of getting these little scrapes and dings sorted take a visit to any local reputable car dealer and have a walk round the vehicles. Count how many have damaged alloys or paint scratches. You will not find many or in most cases none at all. The cars will all have been fully valeted and look in a clean and presentable condition.  Why is this?...the simple fact is they know that to get the maximum value and to sell the car quickly they need to present the vehicles to near as pristine condition as possible. It gives prospective buyers the impression that the vehicle has been well looked after.... it's first impressions that count.

All this might be sounding very expensive, it doesn't have to be, you can clean the car yourself or get a professional valet completed. After this it's time to be honest and have a good look around the vehicle, the trick is to look for the defects that stand out the most and detract from the overall appearance. You have to be objective, balance the costs of the required repairs against the value of the vehicle taking into account the age and specifications. Prioritise the repairs that will maximise the value of the vehicle, can you imagine a  sports car with chipped door edges, all the wheels kerbed or a scrape on the bumper!!!

If all this sounds a bit daunting you can always contact me , I can give my honest opinion and provide a no obligation quote for the work required to bring the car up to a satisfactory condition. Remember you will not be able to do every little scratch or defect on the vehicle, in most cases it will not be cost effective to do so. However as I can keep the repaired areas to a minimum it will keep the costs down. It will also be convenient as I operate on a mobile basis. 

Following these few simple steps just might help sell your car quicker and for the maximum value.

Contact me at paul@scratchnscuffsaway.co.uk or at www.scratchnscuffsaway.co.uk

Got a comment on this subject?  I'm always interested to hear what people think about minor car bodywork repairs.