When one is buying a used car, they look for many things; for instance, how well it runs, mileage, and cosmetic defects. All of these things can affect the value of the car, but doing something as simple as cleaning and detailing the vehicle before selling can help the seller bring in their top-dollar asking price. Whether a professional mobile auto detailing service does it or the seller chooses to do this himself or herself, it will make a good impression and pay off immensely in the final sale. For the do-it-yourselfers, here are a few tips to get down to the last detail and maximize your pay-off.
Hire a Detailing Professional or… You Do it!
Detailing the exterior car is as easy as hosing off any loose dirt and washing the outside with a sponge and car soap, getting into every nook and cranny, including the wheels and tires. For the best results, dry the car manually as opposed to letting it air dry; water spots aren't very attractive. Clean, shiny windows are a bonus. A thin coat of wax in the shade or under a cloudy sky will make it shine better than just washing and drying. Buyers are more attracted to a shiny, spot-free exterior detail than dusty, dirty, and spotty.
Interior Detailing… So Important
When it comes to detailing the interior, cleaning the headliner as best as possible is important. Using too much moisture may cause separation from the roof, so a damp cloth and a mild cleaning agent are best to work with. Cleaning also goes for the sunroof provided the car has one. A dry dust cloth will go a long way cleaning the dash area as will canned air, commonly used to clean computer keyboards, for hard-to-reach places. Most important, vacuum the seats, under and between the seats, and the floors. Use stain remover or a shampooer for any stains. If there are tough stains in the carpet, dying the carpet may be the only solution. Replace any worn, extremely dirty floor mats, as this will make the car a hard sell even if it's sparkling on the outside and freshly vacuumed inside. Remove any personal items and consider using anti-bacterial spray and putting in a car air freshener of some kind to aid in getting rid of any possible lingering odors.
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