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How to Get Your Car Ready for Sale

Last updated on November 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Okay, you have decided to sell your car. It was a big decision, but you’ve committed. Now it’s time to talk about how to get your car ready for sale. Below are some simple steps from Plymouth Rock Assurance to help ensure your car is in the best position possible to sell.

Get inspected – Take your vehicle to your trusted mechanic for a thorough inspection. It may cost you around $100, but it is essential to help you determine the value of your car and ensure confidence with potential buyers. Most folks who are interested in buying a used car will want to have their own mechanic inspect the vehicle, but having the results of an inspection from a mechanic not paid by the buyer can provide valuable leverage when it comes to closing the deal. Plus, you never want to be in the dark when it comes to your own vehicle.

Do your research – Now that you know the mechanical condition of your car, you can start researching the value of your vehicle. Sites like,, and can help you evaluate the market and what your vehicle is worth. Just make sure to be honest with yourself about the condition of your interior and exterior. This will help you set a good starting price, but remember that most buyers will want to make a counter offer—so plan accordingly.

Clean it up – It is simple idea but essential—clean your car as thoroughly as possible. This means remove everything from your car except the very essentials, like your owner’s manual and emergency kit. Take the time and effort to clean beneath and between the seats, the trunk space, all floor mats, cup holders, door compartments, etc. The same goes for the outside, paying special attention to washing inside the door frames and even under the hood so your car looks ready to sell! If you want to go the extra mile and consider it a worthy investment, consider having your car professionally detailed.

Collect your records – Any buyer who knows what they are looking for will also ask about the history of your car. Your best bet to prove to them you took great care of your beauty trauma is to present a history of maintenance slips. Not only does this prove the car is still in good shape, it shows how much you cared for it, which can help the buyer feel at ease.

Get ready for your close-up – It may seem like a no-brainer, but taking great photos of your car will help it sell. That means good lighting, sensible angles, and taking lots of photos. Grab a quality digital camera if you can and take many photos of the exterior and interior, including the dash, trunk, tires, and the engine. Lots of photos let buyers know you aren’t hiding anything, and it means less wasted time for both parties.

These are just a few beginners’ tips to getting that car ready for sale. Have you sold your car in the past? Tell us what you learned below or on Twitter.

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