How to Prepare Your Car for Sale | Bradenton FL

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How to Prepare Your Car for Sale in Bradenton, FL

Selling your car shouldn’t be a headache. Here at Gettel Hyundai of Lakewood , we would love to take your vehicle off your hands! Walk out of our dealership with cash in hand, or even better, trade in your old car for a new ride. Either way, we know you’ll be pleased when you drive off our lot. You can also discover your vehicle’s Kelley Blue Book® value in minutes by visiting our website. The amount that’s determined can be applied to a new or used car of your choosing.

Preparing Your Car for Sale

When determining your vehicle’s value, there are different factors that come into play. These include the car’s age, mileage, trim, features, desirability and condition. Improving the attributes that are in your control could potentially help you cultivate an even better sale. Restoring aspects of your car could be quite the undertaking, but there may be some small details you can make improvements on. Continue reading to discover some easy steps you can take to prepare your car for sale.

Interior Cleaning and Detailing

Hiring a professional for cleaning and detailing could make your wallet unhappy, so pulling up your sleeves and doing it yourself might be what you prefer! We’ve compiled a checklist for you as a solid starting point.

  • Remove all personal items and trash from the car.
  • Vacuum the carpet and upholstery thoroughly.
  • If the floor mats are stained, you can wash them with carpet shampoo.
  • Wash the windows and windshield inside and out.
  • Pull twigs and leaves out from the area where the wipers sit.
  • Check the trunk for any belongings.
  • Ensure that the spare tire, car jack and tools are all in their proper places.
  • Want to take it to the next level? Polish your tires and rims for extra sparkle and shine.

Exterior Refurbishments

Even the tiny details make a difference when it comes to selling your vehicle. Leave no stone unturned and make sure you take note of everything you need to fix, down to the miniscule scratches and dents. If the damage is small enough, you may be able to fix it yourself by purchasing a DIY kit from the auto parts store. However, if it’s a hefty project, you may want to consider selling your car as-is instead of spending lots of money on repairs.

Minor Repairs and Replacements

Minor repairs could boost the value of your vehicle as well. For example, a broken headlight is a quick fix that will significantly enhance the look of your vehicle. However, cosmetic repairs can add up, especially if there’s major work to be done. Weigh your options carefully on whether or not it’s worth it to make the repairs or sell the vehicle as-is.

Removing Customizations

As fun as custom modifications can be, they work against you when you want to sell your vehicle. We highly recommend reverting your car back to its original state as closely as possible. If there are some customizations you can’t alter, just let us know about them (this may include changes to the paint color or anything under the hood).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our team will be happy to help, and we can’t wait to give you a great offer for your car. Gettel Hyundai of Lakewood is located at 5921 FL-64, Bradenton, FL 34208 , serving the automotive needs of our neighbors from St. Petersburg and Brandon.