Video:How to Prepare Your Used Car Before Sellingwith Barbara Terry
Time to buy a new car? Learn what you can do to increase resale or trade-in value of your current car. With these tips, you can maximize your sale and get the best bang for you buck.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Prepare Your Used Car Before SellingHi, I'm Barbara Terry for About.com Autos. Whether you sell your car on your own, or trade it in at a dealership for a new one, you will want to prepare it in order to get the most money out of it.
Clean the CarWash your car thoroughly to make sure you get all of the dirt off of it. Wash your windshield and all the other glass features, inside and out. Fill in all the small scratches.
Prep the Car's Tires and WheelNow let's do tires and wheels. In order to get a great shiny look on your tire, you'll want to pick out your favorite tire dressing, wipe it on really good. For wheels, make sure you get into all those little slots and crevices very well. And get all that break dust off your wheels. You can actually spend about 5 minutes on them and make them look brand new.
Polish the Used Car's InteriorThen apply a non-greasy conditioner to your dashboard very thoroughly and all the other vynl components inside your car, including the console. If you have a leather interior, make sure to apply a good leather conditioner to all of the leather inside your car.
Check the Car's FluidsNow let's pop the hood and check the fluids. Let's check the oil, the transmission fluid, the radiator coolant, the break fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid to get those dead bugs off the windshield.
Make Minor Repairs to the Used CarLast, if there are some small, inexpensive repairs that you can do on your own, or have done, I strongly encourage you to do so. I had a saying in the car business that I used to live by: Spend 50 dollars and get 500 more.
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