15. Not Cleaning the Vehicle
They say cleanliness is next to Godliness. This is especially true when it comes to selling your car. While it might sound obvious to say that you need to clean your car before selling it, we mean really clean it. You’d be surprised how many people don’t bother to even perform a casual tidying of their car before selling it. Frankly, it’s kind of gross. Make sure your vehicle is impeccably clean when you’re trying to sell it. Nothing turns off potential buyers like the sight of a filthy vehicle.
Be sure to thoroughly clean both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Remove any random items, like loose change, coffee cups, chip crumbs, etc. Make sure the outside of the vehicle is clean and presentable. In fact, it may be worth a couple hundred bucks to get the vehicle cleaned professionally. You can probably make that money back in the sale price. Getting your vehicle into an extremely clean state is an important first step to sell it. Potential buyers won’t even want to test drive your dirty car, let alone buy it.
14. Not Keeping Good Records
You want to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of the vehicle. That means keeping copies of any maintenance and service records. These include things like oil changes, new tires and brakes, scheduled tune-ups, and any other needed repairs. A good set of service records provides assurance to potential buyers that you were a diligent caretaker of your car. It can also prove that your car is in good working order.
Don’t have the maintenance records? Not to worry. You can likely contact the service centers that worked on your car over the years. They should be able to provide copies, based on your license plate or VIN. Even better, they can probably just email you the records. At the very least, you can write down the dates associated with various service appointments and list them in your advertising. For example, you could include “Brand New Brakes – Spring 2019” or “Replaced Air Conditioner – Summer 2020” in your ad copy.
These records will help show an interested buyer that you’re both an organized and honest car seller. Having detailed maintenance record can reinforces (and justify) your asking price. If someone is looking at two similar cars, they may pay a little bit extra for the assurance that the oil has been changed every 3,000 miles like clockwork. Keep in mind that very careful buyers may actually request to see these records before they buy. So you might as well have them ready.