How to Increase the Trade In or Re-Sale Value of my Car

If you’re looking to sell your car after a few years of purchase, there are several things you can do to keep its resale value as high as possible, regardless of whether you decide to trade in to a dealer or sell it privately.

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1. Fix dents, dings and scratches

Paintwork scratches, dents, bumper scuffs and any other dings are guaranteed to drive down your car valuation and put off potential buyers, and a dealer may not want it at all. We recommend giving your car a thorough hand wash so you’re aware of exactly what damage there is to your paintwork.

There is an option to try and complete a car body repair yourself, or if you want a professional repair which is flawless, contact ChipsAway. Take a look at our blog to find out whether you can fix your car damage yourself, or whether you need a professional repair – Minor car repair damage you can fix yourself.

Our CEO, Tim Harris, says: “Whether you are selling privately or part-exchanging it, if your car isn’t up to scratch the price tag won’t be either!

“ChipsAway can repair minor dents or scratches at a fraction of the cost of traditional body shop methods– meaning you can achieve maximum profit from your car for the minimum expense!”

2. Keep the mileage down

This is a fairly obvious one, but the trade in/resale value of your car will be largely determined by how many miles it has travelled, so try to keep your mileage as low as possible!

3. Do regular maintenance and check-Ups

Every vehicle manufacturer recommends regular maintenance – how often depends on driving conditions and other factors. If some of your car’s components are damaged, it might be worth replacing these if they are going to increase your car’s resale value. Talk to your mechanic to see which repair costs outweigh the trade-in price. Here a list of things to complete regular check-ups on:

  • Lights
  • Windshield
  • Brakes
  • Tyres

It’s worth bearing in mind that rather than replacing worn-out tires in order to increase resale value, we provide an alloy wheel repair service which treats minor wheel damage. It refreshes the look of your alloy wheels and eliminates the need to purchase brand new ones. To find out more about the process of our alloy wheel repair, take a look at our blog – How Does Alloy Wheel Repair Work?

4. Park in a sheltered place

We’ve already mentioned that importance of getting your car dent and dings fixed, and to protect the appearance of your vehicle it’s also important to leave your car in a sheltered place if possible. Sunlight and weather can make it age more quickly and damage the paintwork, affecting resale value.

5. Always keep records and documentation

Finally, it’s vital that you store all your car repairs and maintenance with receipts if you want to eventually sell your car. A document service history shows the prospective buyer that you have maintained your vehicle. A significant amount of money will be knocked off your car valuation if you don’t have a significant history to show that it’s been well maintained.

So, if you’ve got a few things to rectify on your car to increase its resale value, just call us now on 0800 145 5118 or complete our online form,  for a free, no obligation estimate!

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