Car owners would always want the best value for the cars that they would like to dispose of. However, the saying: “Honesty is the best policy” applies to this situation. When you have a car that is in fair shape, don’t exaggerate in the advertisement by saying that it is in perfect condition. Aside from being dishonest, you are putting yourself available for future law suits by misrepresenting the product, which is your car.
The story is told of a promised young auto and auto finance sales rep who wanted to put up a spicier online catalog of his vehicles that was offered by his firm online. After much kowtowing and even begging he got permission. The auto sales guy hired a local guru – actually a kid with a father who knew something about online marketing. What happened in the end? The father and son team were chased off the lot by the other salespeople on the lot when they went to take photos. The enterprising sales rep decided he could only use the commercially taken professional photos that the firm used online and even paid dearly for. What was the final result? When the actual owner of the firm (not the stooge pretend owner) saw the results of the firm’s auto pictures on the new online site his comment was “Why are the photos shaded?” Who on earth would come to the dealership to buy these vehicles with those photos as bait on the ads? Whom indeed? Its not as if its one big fiesta in the sun out there . Never mind anyone being attracted what so ever for servicing of their new or nearly new vehicle whether it be for an oil change , a brake job or routine tire inspection and replacement.
When it comes to car cleaning, here are some pointers. The whole point in this is for the buyer to know that the car was well-cared for by the owner. Bring out the best in the vehicle by vacuuming the carpet, washing the upholstery and emptying out the ash trays. Clean windows also give the illusion of a roomier and brighter space. Car wax adds $50 to the selling price. Have that done as well. Don’t have a shop re-paint your vehicle. Buyers will instantly think that a crashed part has been repaired and the seller is trying to conceal the work done through paint. If you’re planning to replace worn pedal covers, floor mats and torn upholstery, it should be cone a couple of weeks in advance. Alert buyers will believe that the obvious, shiny, and new accessories had to replace worn out parts. This is essentially associated with high mileage.
The same applies for the engine. If it is really dirty, an aerosol engine degreaser can clean it up but don’t do it for all the parts under the hood. Buyers might assume that a mechanic has found something terribly bad under the hood and decided to disguise it with cleaning instead. Don’t scrub off unnecessary parts but normally, a well-kept engine is a price booster.
An increase of $50 can be added to the price of the car when it is waxed. Don’t be tempted to repaint the car. Many buyers assume that this type of work is done to cover up recently repaired smashup. Damaged or torn upholstery, floor mats, and worn pedal covers must be replaced. This must be done in advance because brand new covers indicate that the old ones have been worn out. The conclusion is the car has very high mileage because it was often used. V:21