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Preparing your car for resale

Are you planning to sell your car soon? The first step is to work out where you want to sell it. If you’re planning to sell your car privately or want to trade it in as part of a part exchange deal, preparing your car for resale is an important part of the process. However, if you’re considering selling your car with webuyanycar.com, not all of these checks are required.

How your car looks and ensuring everything is in working order will influence how much a potential buyer will be willing to pay when selling privately. When preparing your car for resale it is recommended that you clean your car, check the electrics and print the accompanying paperwork.

Although webuyanycar.com will buy any car in any condition, it is not essential for the vehicle to have no mechanical faults, but a better condition will result in a higher resale value. Let’s take a look at what to do when you sell your car and what the benefits are for preparing your car to be sold.

Step 1: Clean your car

When preparing your car for resale, making sure it is clean and tidy can help to retain some of the car’s value.

Whether you have your car professionally valeted or you wash it yourself, a clean and shiny car can look more desirable than a car covered in dirt and filled with rubbish. Cleaning the car inside and out, as well as clearing out the glove box and the door bins may help to add a bit of value to the car during a private sale. But, why? Other than making the car more attractive, it means the buyer won’t have to then clean the car as soon as they have purchased it. If they can argue that they would need to pay to have it cleaned, then they may haggle for more money off the resale price.

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Step 2: Check the car’s electrics and warning lights

Checking the car’s electrics and warning lights are important when preparing your car for resale

It may seem obvious to make sure your car actually works before you sell it, but completing a thorough check can ensure nothing has been missed for the potential buyer to then discover. If a fault is found on inspection from the buyer they could haggle down the price of the car or it may even put them off purchasing it altogether.

The checks shouldn’t just be about how the car drives but should include the windscreen wipers, radio, lights, air-con and any technology inside the cabin, for example, a sat nav. Being completely honest and making the buyer aware of any issues can put the seller in the driving seat (no pun intended). This can also be beneficial if you’re selling to webuyanycar.com. Although we buy any vehicle, regardless of its condition, the vehicle is likely to be worth more if it has no warning lights/electrical faults, and the more accurate your description of the car’s condition, the more accurate your online valuation will be.

Step 3: Check the paperwork

Before selling your car, preparing the paperwork is an important step to make sure they are up to date

Preparing your car to be sold doesn’t just include the car itself, but also includes the paperwork that goes with it. To sell a car you will need the logbook, V5 Certificate, spare keys, service history documentation and MOT certificates. Making sure you have these to hand and they are fully up to date is just as important as checking the car has no faults; you can’t sell your car without the appropriate legal documents and if they aren’t complete this could affect the value of your car.

Once you have completed these three steps, you are probably ready to sell your car. Enter your number plate into our car valuation tool to find out how much it could be worth.

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