Selling your vehicle is one thing. Getting what you want for it is another story. You may have a number in mind, but simply put, you won’t get what you want for it unless you put in the proper care required to make the investment worth-while.
Lucky for you, we have a few tips on how to maximize the value of your vehicle and add a few extra bucks in your pocket.
1. Get It Detailed
There’s nothing worse than a dirty car, especially if it runs like a charm. When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, looks are everything. If your car LOOKS like it’s in rough shape, then to the potential customer, it IS in rough shape.
There’s a simple solution for this—get your car detailed. A few bucks will have your car looking pristine inside and out. ADESA offers a wide variety of different detailing tiers depending on your vehicle’s needs. Whether your car needs just a little sprucing up or a hefty bit of love, we’ll do everything we can to get your vehicle into tip-top shape.
2. Repair Windows, Dents and Dings
Again, you want your vehicle to look as presentable as possible at first glance. Cracks, dents and scratches are immediate signs of an unkempt vehicle, and that may not always be the case. A vehicle might run well, but if it’s all banged up, potential buyers will make assumptions on the condition of the rest of it. Don’t give them a reason to assume the worst.
ADESA offers auto-glass repair services in-house. If you’re looking fix a cracked windshield, we can take care of it all before running the vehicle through our auction.
3. Perform Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance will improve the lifespan of your vehicle. From the moment you make the purchase, stay on top of regular oil changes, fluid levels, tire rotation and alignment, tire pressure, and potential leaks.
It doesn’t take much, and the more diligent you are, the more it’ll pay off when it eventually comes time to sell.
4. Safety It
At most of our locations, safetying your vehicle before you sell it is a requirement, and it’s a surefire way to attract more potential buyers and higher bids.
Safetying your vehicle ensures that it meets the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued. Some potential buyers are looking to purchase a vehicle as their primary mode of transportation, and don’t want to take the extra time to have it looked at after they’ve made the purchase. For them, proper safety is a key factor in their decision making process.