5 Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Vehicle
How Boost Your Car’s Value before Selling
Our car is one of our most valuable investments, usually second only to our home. And yet compared with our house, which can appreciate in value over time, our car’s value depreciates as soon as we drive it off the lot. And the longer and more often we use it, the lower its value gets.
That doesn’t mean, though, that there is nothing we can do to keep our car’s value from declining. While we actually can’t stop it, we at least can prevent its value from depreciating too fast. That way, we can still fetch a good price in case we decide to sell it.
Let the auto body repair specialists in Bozeman explain a few of the ways to keep our car in great shape for the highest resale value possible.
Fix those dents and scratches.
It’s time to reconsider the idea that fixing dents and scratches is purely for aesthetic purpose. Of course, keeping your car looking nice is typically the primary reason behind it. But car owners should also be aware that more than just aesthetics is involved. Repairing those scratches and dents, especially the deep ones that cause noticeable paint damage, should be done for the protection of your vehicle’s frame too. Remember that chipped paint, when continually exposed to the elements, can eventually cause rusting. And if this isn’t addressed, it can easily spread and cause damage to your frame.
Over time, the paint on your car is bound to fade, chip, peel or simply look worn down. And if you plan to sell your car with your paint looking as old as it is, you can be sure that you won’t get as good of a price for it. To make your car more appealing, try having it repainted. And if you’re bold enough, go for a color that will make your car look classy and unique.
Repair what needs repair. Replace what needs replacing.
If there are rust spots, have these repaired. If there are chips on your windows, have these repaired. If there’s a crack on your windshield, depending on how serious it is, either have your windshield repaired or replaced. If you have busted lights, have the bulbs replaced. You get the idea. It just wouldn’t make sense to sell your car when there are noticeable defects that can easily turn off a potential buyer.
Stick to your maintenance schedule and keep records.
Regardless of whether you intend to sell your car eventually or not, regular maintenance is a must because it doesn’t just ensure that your car will perform optimally. If a car performs well, it is usually reasonable to assume that it’s also safe to drive. A well-maintained car is likewise more fuel-efficient. And because prospective buyers might ask for proof that your car is properly maintained, keeping records and receipts will be a good way to prove your diligence in caring for your car.
Clean your car.
Make sure you have your car washed and waxed before you show it to buyers. It’s rare for someone to choose an unclean and unkempt car over a clean and fresh-smelling one. Be on the safe side and have it detailed by a professional.
Finally, don’t ever go for the first offer. If you’re confident that you’ve done your part, you should also be confident enough that you’ll be getting a good deal for your car. So shop around for the best price before deciding on who should receive the honor of being your car’s new owner.
A & D Auto Body wants No Crashes
Here at A & D Auto Body, our goal is that you’re safe! Drive safely, enjoy your vehicles, and don’t take unnecessary risks. Of course, come see us, the best collision repair center in Bozeman, if anything does happen to your vehicle.