Let’s face it, first impressions are powerful. Your thoughts and feelings after you meet someone for the first time or visit a new place are lasting. Later, your impressions may change but you generally never forget how you felt on that very first meeting. These are the same thoughts a person may have when shopping for a used vehicle.
When you are getting ready for a first date, most people will spend lots of time “prepping” to look their very best. Well, when you are preparing to sell your vehicle, you should also take the time to spruce up your car. The person coming to view your car and decide whether or not it is a possibility of purchase will have certain expectations, and you definitely want to leave a good first impression!
CarsGuide states: “Impress the prospective buyer when they walk down your driveway and see the car for the first time and you’ve got a better chance of making a sale.”
Below are three tips to help prepare your car for that great first impression:
- Gather all records. Hopefully you have kept excellent mechanical records while you have owned your vehicle. Keep records of oil changes, repair and maintenance logs, as well as dates of new tire purchases. These documents can be very impressive and make the prospective buyer feel more comfortable about the conditioning of the vehicle. Also, having records such as the car handbook and warranty documents is a bonus! Showing that you are organized and meticulous can help the buyer have a sense that you have cared for the car they are considering purchasing from you.
- Get mechanical inspection. Spending a little money to make more money is sometimes necessary. Take your car to an experienced, trustworthy ASE-certified technician who can freshen up the engine area, listen for strange noises and let you know if there is something majorly wrong with your vehicle. Put yourself in the position of the prospective buyer. They want to feel comfortable that you are honest and not selling them a car that you already know is a lemon.
- Thorough cleaning and detailing. Lastly, give your car one last cleaning to show off its aesthetic appeal. If you don’t have the time or the proper equipment for a thorough cleaning, take it to a professional. It’s amazing how an older car can look almost brand new after an excellent detailing job. Make certain your car is cleaned out, washed and shiny!
If you are preparing to sell your vehicle, stop by the Bryant Motors auto repair center at 2901 S Limit Avenue in Sedalia. One of our ASE-certified technicians can help inspect and service your vehicle so that it is ready to be put on the market.
If you decide not to sell your car on your own, consider a trade in at our dealership. A friendly and knowledgeable sales agent can help guide you through the entire process. Contact us or view our wide selection of new and used Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram models.