When you’re thinking about selling your pre owned car and getting into a new ride, one of the first things you have to take into consideration is resale value. How high is yours? Resale value is basically the amount of money you’d get if you were to turn your keys over to a new owner, and unfortunately, it drops over time when you own a car. However, there are ways to bring it up again to get more bang for your buck, and Toyota of Orlando is here to share tips.
Boost resale value in your pre owned car
Tip #1: Polish up your paint. If your car’s paint job is looking a little under the weather, then it may be time to freshen it up. However, don’t spend the money to get a whole new paint job on your pre owned car. Instead, pick up a paint pen to fix up those scratches and nicks, and then apply a coat of wax. Wax can brighten up any paint job and make your car look more appealing to prospective buyers.
Tip #2: Ditch the dings. Do you have small dents and dings in your car? It’s worth getting an at-home kit to try and get them out to improve the exterior of your ride’s look. Kits are inexpensive and don’t require a lot of expertise. Ask our Orlando Toyota parts store which one will work best for your needs!
Tip #3: Stay on top of service records. Have you been good about getting routine car maintenance for your ride? Gather up those service records and put them in a folder to present to prospective buyers. Routine care means the car will be in better shape in the long run and won’t cost them big-time when it comes to repairs.
Tip #4: Enhance the interior. Scrub the interior of your pre owned car to get rid of stains and spots, and put a few charcoal briquettes and dryer sheets under the seats to freshen up the smell. You might also consider replacing worn-out floor mats – you can buy affordable rubber ones for a low cost, especially if you stop by Toyota of Orlando’s parts store. Other than that, give your ride a good detailing so it’s putting its best foot forward.
Toyota of Orlando has tips for enhancing pre owned cars
Tip #5: Brighten up your headlights. Do your headlights look dingy? This can really drag down the aesthetic of a car, so go ahead and replace the headlight covers. You should also replace any and all burnt out bulbs – it’s an affordable fix.
Tip #6: Tackle inexpensive repairs. Do you need small repairs to get your ride running in tip-top shape? Go ahead and take care of them – it makes the purchase more appealing to a new buyer if they don’t have to visit the auto service center right after they sign the dotted line. This goes for routine maintenance like oil changes, too.
A few other tips – shine up your wheels, pull a CarFax, and look up your car’s worth to be sure you’re asking for fair value. Also, know how much wiggle room you’ll give the sale if it comes down to negotiating!
And don’t forget, we buy cars for cash at Toyota of Orlando – just call today to schedule an appraisal at (407) 298-4500!