If you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your wheels, you’ll likely need to get rid of your current ride. Selling your car effectively can make all the difference in how much money ends up in your pocket to put towards that new purchase.

There are plenty of ways to sell your car in Melbourne and across Australia, but regardless of the method you choose, ensuring your car is well-presented will go a long way toward getting you the best possible price. To help, we at Greasemonkey Inspectors have put together a selection of tips to boost your chances of getting the right outcome.

Clean it Up

Let’s start with the obvious. It sounds simple, but many people forget to tidy up before taking photos or letting someone view the car. Empty out any personal items and remove any rubbish, including checking under the seats and clearing out the boot. A messy car looks uncared for and is unlikely to impress potential buyers. Ensuring there are no loose items will also prevent any unnecessary rattling noises that could deter interested parties. If your car is in pretty good nick, a thorough clean inside and out might suffice. Don’t forget the engine bay.

Detailing, and a Cut & Polish

If your car looks a little worse for wear, a more intensive clean may be required. Minor scratches, scuff marks, and baked-on bird-poo can be removed with a cut and polish. A detailed service will leave the inside and outside looking its best. This can cost hundreds of dollars, so weigh up whether the extra expense will make the car more appealing to potential buyers without over-capitalizing.

Minor Repairs

Check that the tyres are in fair condition. Uneven wear, bald patches, or low tread depth will certainly be noticed and are massive deterrents for buyers. Uneven wear could indicate bigger issues with balance or suspension. Also, remember that worn tyres aren’t roadworthy. Windscreen wiper blades and loose or broken fixtures inside can be quick and cheap to fix, so take the time to check everything over thoroughly and repair or replace what you can within a reasonable budget.

Check the Paperwork

Different states and territories in Australia have different requirements for the paperwork you need before you can advertise your car for sale. Do your research and find out the regulations relevant to you. For instance, if the car is registered in Queensland, you’ll need to display a safety certificate. Ask your service center for a statement of service history, which should be free. This documentation proves that the car has been maintained regularly and correctly, making buyers feel more at ease.

Know What It’s Worth

Getting an idea of what your car could sell for is easier than it sounds. There are numerous online tools like Redbook or MyCarPrice that can give you a valuation. Shop around to see what cars of the same year, make, and model, with similar kilometers and in similar condition are going for. Keep in mind that you won’t get the full valuation if you decide to trade in your car, as dealers need to make their own profit when reselling it.

Take Quality Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, so put some effort into taking great shots of your car. Mobile phone cameras are very good these days, and you don’t need to be an expert photographer to pull it off. Find a nice location, like a quiet street or near a park. Natural light is better early in the morning, in the evening, or when it’s overcast to avoid glare and shadows.

Write an Honest and Descriptive Listing

When writing the listing for your car, be accurate in your descriptions and honest about any serious work that needs to be done. Highlight the positives but don’t try to oversell your car. Be honest but not brutally blunt about its shortcomings. A characterful, well-looked-after second-hand car is more realistic and attractive to buyers than something that sounds too good to be true.

Ditch the Stank

Pop an air freshener in the car before letting anyone near it. If it smells bad, it will make a poor first impression and suggest that the car hasn’t been well cared for. Prevention is better than cure, so keep it clean and mop up messes as soon as they happen to avoid a nasty-smelling car.

Protect Yourself

Be sure to protect yourself against anyone with less-than-honest intentions. Ask to take a photo of the buyer’s license and immediately email or message the photo to yourself or a friend. Join the potential buyer on the test drive of your car, and if you’re worried about your safety, bring a friend along or ask a friend to follow behind. Arrange to meet away from your home if you’re concerned about an unscheduled visit.

Get a Professional Inspection

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspection service in Melbourne, contact Greasemonkey Inspectors. We offer comprehensive inspections to help you ensure your car is in top condition before selling it.

For more information on our inspection packages, visit our Inspections Packages page.

Greasemonkey Inspectors | Melbourne Car Inspection

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