How to Prepare a Car for Sale (Part 1)

Get the Records in Order

Savvy prospective buyers will require some information concerning the vehicle's maintenance and service while being driven by the owner. Therefore, it's important for the seller to compile all maintenance and service records so that they can be shown to prospective buyers when they ask. Owners who have performed routine oil changes and tune-ups themselves can inform the prospective buyer on how often the vehicle was serviced and with which type of oil. Additionally, sellers should compile some notes regarding how the vehicle was used during ownership. It's feasible for the buyer to have questions concerning what the vehicle went through, how far it was taken daily, and through which typical routes (highway, city street, etc.).

Make Sure All Necessary Repairs Are Made

If the seller has been neglecting their small, but necessary automotive repairs, now's the time to get those out of the way. Of course, this will likely mean investing some money into the car, but it's important to have all basics functioning optimally in order to have a decent chance of making the sale. Replace old wipers, burnt out interior lights, broken taillights, and windshield chips. While the driver might have gotten used to these flaws while owning and operating the vehicle, it's probably that a prospective buyer will notice them instantly, and instantly flee to the next potential vehicle on their list, such as a Nissan Frontier in Anaheim.

Take It to the Mechanic

Before busting out a poster and marker and writing up that "For Sale" sign, it's advised that sellers take their automobile to a mechanic's shop for an inspection. The mechanic will be able to tell the seller if there are any major problems with the car that need to be addressed. If the mechanic does manage to find a serious issue with the car, there's a decision that the seller needs to make - is it worth making the repair, or is it better to simply sell the car as is, deducting the price of repair or a portion of it from the vehicle's value. In the latter case, the seller should get a quote from the mechanic so that they can let prospective buyers know how expensive the repair will be. It's additionally advised that sellers ask their mechanic to perform a swift tune-up of the car, checking filters and fluids including antifreeze//coolant, radiator coolant, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid in order to determine whether they require replacement or repair. Some other areas that could use some attention would be tire pressure, brakes, and all belts and hoses beneath the hood of the car.