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If you are looking to sell your car, there are tried and true tips that will ensure that your car sells sooner rather than later. When a person comes to look at a used car they usually make up their minds regarding whether or not they plan on buying it within the first few seconds as far as aesthetics go. Other factors such a mileage, price and condition could also contribute to the success of your car sale, however we will be focusing on improving the initial appeal.
A lot of these suggestions may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how few people actually take the time to make the car look its best. It is similar to going apt hunting and the apt you are shown is dirty and unkempt. As humans we have imaginations but when it comes to car sales and aesthetics it is best to be proactive. Options for optimizing your cars appeal include washing it and or getting it detailed. This may end up costing quite a bit depending on what part of Houston you are in. Another option, detail it yourself. Take some Armor All and wipe down the dash – also, a 2 inch paint brush – the type you buy at any hardware store will be great to removing all of the excess dust that builds up between notches and vents.
If you are stressed for time and someone is meeting with you and you do not have the time to fully detail your car, take it to a car wash that has coin operated vacuums. Buy a car freshener or spray some Febreeze to make it smell more inviting. Use some Windex on the windows inside and out as well as the mirrors inside and out.
Vacuum everywhere, on the dash, cup holders, gear shifter, on the inside of the doors, trunk and between the seats. The key to getting your car sold quickly is to do everything in your power to make it appealing to the car buyer. Most of the time between vacuuming and washes small amounts of dust or dirt can cover the dash and fall between the nooks and crannies of your car interior. Take a damp cloth and wipe it down or you can purchase special oil to make it smell great and give it additional shine.
If your car looks like your office (full of papers and supplies scattered everywhere), a closet (full of clothing and shoes) or a trash heap (full of old wrappers and empty cans) you need to get rid of all of it. If you have heard of the term, neat as a pin, then that should be your goal with your car. The potential buyer will not appreciate trying to see a car that is covered in your stuff. Also, it may reflect negatively on you if this is the impression you allow them to have – because frankly it will demonstrate how little you care for your car. This could affect the sale.
Unless you are very car saavy and might have some mechanic experience you may not know how to clean your engine superficially. This might seem like a waste of time if you had not thought about it, but the engine is perhaps the most important part of your car. Take it to a mechanic and have them clean it for you.
Your tires should be as shiny as a mirror. This will make your car look more impressive. Most of these products might darken the tires or just add shine and most of them come in spray bottles so it is practically mess free. Also, you may or may not be aware but most car companies provide the exact paint match for your car color. Usually found at car supply stores. This is the case unless your car is custom painted, then you can not go to your local Napa and get the color you need on a moments notice. You should have problem picking up an inexpensive and small amount to touch up scratches. The applicators resemble a nail polish bottle with a similar looking brush to brush the paint on in small doses where the scratches have be left.
When all is said and done be objective and look at your car from all angles in order to determine that you did what you could to guarantee the asking price you are hoping for and not get low balled because of a few simple fixes.