Most of us don’t drive our cars into the ground, so to speak. We normally sell the vehicle at some point, when the miles have reached a certain threshold or when a necessary repair comes up. Knowing this, it behooves us to do everything we can to insure that our vehicles show as much value as possible. To help in that endeavor, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to increase a car’s resale value.
Appearance is huge. This is about controlling a potential buyer’s emotional response. In reality, the buyer can just as easily wax the car after they buy it. But it can pay dividends to wash and wax the car before selling it. Make a good first impression! Along with a good waxing, buff out any cloudy or glazed headlights and scrub the brake dust off of your rims.
Beyond the car’s current condition and its appearance, the buyer is going to be very interested in the car’s history. So, have your papers in order. Hopefully, you’ve kept proof of repairs. If you’ve miraculously kept proof of oil changes, that would impress the most skeptical shopper.
If you’ve made a few mistakes with the car you are currently selling, just commit to doing better with the next one. Keep it clean, maintained and collect all relevant papers as you go along. If you’re looking just to trade in your used car for a new one, then come see us at Bakersfield Mazda.