You rely on your vehicle not just to get you from point A to point B, but also to keep you and your family safe, escape from it all, go on adventures, and get you to work on time. Chances are though, that the vehicle you’re driving isn’t going to be your last. So, how do you get the most out of your car before you pass it on to its next lucky owner? Well, here are just a few suggestions that you can start on today!

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While some of the following suggestions are purely cosmetic, others are incredibly functional! Your best bet when preparing your car for sale is to get it in the best shape of its life. Investing in detailing services, dent repair, and all of the necessary mechanical repairs will be worth it when it comes time to put it on the market.

Top Up the Fluids

One of the easiest ways to make the buyer feel like they’re purchasing a brand new vehicle is topping up the fluid levels. Start by checking the oil, then the antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. One less thing your new buyer has to do, the better!

Replace Windshield Wipers

Nothing ruins a test drive like streaky windows. And while you can’t control the rain clouds, you can easily put the best windshield wipers that money can buy on your vehicle. Windshield wipers are often inexpensive and easy to install. Make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is also topped up!

Clean Your Engines!

When was the last time you looked under the hood? Chances are, dirt, leaves, and grime have been accumulating, and it’s not a pretty sight. You can use an engine cleaner to get rid of dirt, dust, and grime that gradually builds up in and around the engine. This will dramatically improve the overall look and perceived health of your engine!

If Possible: Replace the Tires

If your tires have seen better days, or are completely devoid of tread, don’t be surprised when your prospective buyer asks for a discount. If this isn’t a road you want to go down, replace them yourself. You can buy used tires at a fraction of the price of new ones, just make sure that they are installed correctly!

Check for Dashboard Lights

Even if you say the “check engine light” isn’t a big deal, your potential buyer might get cold feet. So before you put your vehicle up for sale, make sure that there aren’t any scary lights causing alarm on the dashboard. If there are, do your research and find out what the problem is. This may involve a visit to your friendly neighbourhood mechanic.

Wash, Wax & Detail

This almost goes without saying, but before you show your vehicle to potential buyers get it looking as shiny and new as possible! Start by washing and waxing it. Replace any burnt out bulbs and use some elbow grease to get rid of grime on your headlights. Shine up the wheels, and hubcaps, and then get to work on the interior. Wipe down surfaces, get rid of the old coffee cups, vacuum out the trunk and wash the mats

If you have any dings or dents in your car, scratches, or other damage, trust Waterdown Collision to help you improve the selling value of your vehicle.


Happy Selling!