Published on August 30th, 2019 | by Sunit Nandi


Do’s and Don’t when it comes to selling your old car

There are various reasons as to why you would want to sell your old car – you may want to go in for a fresh, new model or you have already acquired one and don’t need this car any longer. The list of reasons could go on but when it comes to car detailing, there are a few things that you need to do and a few, you should not do. You may want to check out the same and take the required measures, to protect your investment (at least, until you have sold it).

  • Do not leave your car covered in the muck: The first thing that you need to do is to clean your car regularly. Do not leave your car covered in dirt and muck as that’s bound to throw off most buyers. What’s more, companies that purchase old cars can use the car’s current appearance to lower the resale value – so you may not get much for selling it. Just remember that even a light coating of dust, grime can affect the bodywork on your car and lead to more wear and tear. So if you are looking to get a good rate for your car, you would not leave it covered in the muck for the whole week. As for car companies, just Google ‘car wrecker, Wellington, and you should be able to review the list of local companies that specialize in purchasing old cars.
  • Do wash/shampoo your car regularly: Yes, appearance does matter and if you want to maintain the bodywork on your car with the paint in pristine condition, you would give your car a regular wash. There are more than a few handy products, including car shampoo which you can use to wash off all the dust and grime. You may also want to research online on the type of cleaning products to use so that it is not too abrasive or removes the protective coating either.
  • Do maintain your car regularly: You must maintain your car with periodic checkups and ensure that it continues to function smoothly. If your car functions smoothly, then it will fetch a higher resale value when you search online for Scrap auto wreckers in Wellington.
  • Do replace non-working parts: When it comes to selling your car, you would be advised to replace the parts that no longer work. Often buyers and that includes companies that purchase old cars, use this as an excuse to lower the resale value further. Just assess the situation and find out of it costs more for you to replace the concerned part than having the resale rate reduced. This is something that you need to figure out on your own.
  • Do not wax over swirl marks: Swirl marks often form on the bodywork of your car, due to the washing method employed to clean it. If you are not sure as to the right way and method to clean a car, then just search online or head over to the nearest car wash. Swirl marks are superfine scratches that cannot be waxed over but they can be removed with a proper car wash.
  • Rinse and repeat: If you plan to handle washing the car on your own, then make sure that you are using the recommended cleaning products. DO NOT use household detergents as they can be abrasive and react with the bodywork of your car. Instead, use the right products, and when cleaning, always rinse your sponge regularly in a new bucket as it could contain dirt particles that can scratch the paint or create more swirl marks.

These tips come in handy when it comes to selling your old car. It is vital that it is in prime and pristine condition and continues to function seamlessly. If you hope to get the top rate for your old car, then you need to make sure that it is, ‘as good as it gets’. You may also want to get the required papers in order and be prepared to share the required documentation with the new owner, once you have signed on the dotted line.

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