What Should I Fix Before I Sell My Car?

August 28, 2020 in Sell Your Car

The better condition your vehicle is in the more you will get for it when you sell, or the better value you get when you trade it in. If you are thinking about selling your car, there are a few things you need to take care of in order to make it look like new, besides the obvious, cleaning your vehicle. 

Below you will find a list of small fixes you can do on your own to help you get your vehicle ready for sale. 

#1 Scratches and Dents

It is always a better idea to have auto body shops repair small scratches and dents. Often websites and blogs will tell you to get touch- up paint and fix it yourself. You can do that, but it is safer to have an expert to take care of that for you. 

They will know the exact color paint to use and the proper technique. Saving you time and giving your car that flawless look. 

#2 Refill Fluids and Replace Brakes 

If your vehicle is due for an oil change, it is best to do this before you sell it. You should also make sure to check your brake fluid, transmission, windshield reservoir, and radiator fluid. 

In addition, squeaky brakes make for an unappealing and unsafe vehicle. Replacing these would obviously improve drivability,  but providing the paperwork with information indicating the brakes had been replaced would ensure safety for your customer. 

#3 Replace Lights 

Headlights, taillights, as well as any interior lights should be replaced prior to sell. As with all other cosmetic changes, the goal here is to make the car appear in pristine condition, even though it is used. 

# 4 Windshield Repairs 

Overtime windshield wipers wear and become less effective. Before you put your vehicle up for sale, especially if you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, it’s best you replace the windshield wipers. 

In some states, before a vehicle is registered, an inspection is necessary. If the wipers do not comply with standards, the vehicle will not pass inspection. 

#5 Check Your Tires 

Bald tires not only tarnish your vehicle’s appearance, but they also make your vehicle unsafe to drive. Although new tires can be expensive, they will add to your vehicle’s value. 

You can check out our blog post to learn more about your tires and how to tell when they should be replaced

#6 Have a Mechanic Tend to Any Larger Repairs 

Any damage that you cannot immediately fix yourself, you should have a mechanic work on. If you have been in any accidents or have had major damage done to your car, it will show up on a vehicle history report. Once a potential customer sees this, they will be more inclined to check out the damage to see if it has been repaired. It is best to not disappoint. 

In any case, you should have a mechanic take a look at your vehicle to make sure it is up to standards for resell. Getting final approval will ensure your vehicle is ready for resell.