With today’s vehicle market, you will likely be able to make a pretty penny off of selling a used vehicle that you have sitting on your property, even if you haven’t driven it in a while. But in order to do this, you’ll likely have to put in a little time and effort to get the best possible sale price.
So if you have a car that hasn’t been driven since your Grandma went to live in an assisted living community or that has been sitting since you’ve started working remotely, here are three tips for selling that car even if it hasn’t been driven by you recently.
Get To Know Your Car Again
One of the first things you should do when you’re getting ready to sell a car that you haven’t driven in a while is to refamiliarize yourself with it.
If you haven’t been driving around in the car recently, you might have forgotten things about it that could cause you to lose money on the sale. For example, if the car makes a weird noise at certain points in driving or if there was something that needed to be fixed or replaced long ago but you just never got around to it. By driving the car a bit before putting it up for sale, you will be able to notice things about the car that you forgot and know what repairs might need to be made before you go to sell it.
Find Documentation For All Maintenance
While you might not have had any maintenance done on the vehicle recently, you’ve likely had some sort of work done on it in the past.
If this is the case, you should try to find the receipts or other documentation for that maintenance. With this documentation, you’ll be able to show potential buyers that the vehicle has been well taken care of in the past, which can make it more of a safe bet for them and encourage them to go through with the sale.
Give Everything A Good Cleaning
As with when you’re selling anything, you should give the vehicle a good cleaning before you take photos of it or have anyone come out to test drive.
You’d be surprised how much a difference cleaning out the interior and cleaning off the exterior of a car can have in making it look and feel like new. Consider doing things like shampooing the carpets, buffing out any scratches or dings, waxing the paint, and cleaning off the tires well so that everything shines like new.
If you have a car that you haven’t used in a while and are ready to make some money off of it, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare to sell it.