What should I do to prepare a car to sell?

I took it in to have an estimate put on any repairs that needed to be done. Here is the list:

1. Oil Change

2. Brake Fluid Exchange

3. New Tie Rod Ends

4. Tires

5. Alignment

6. Front Bumper needs to be replaced and painted

7. Glove compartment needs a new handle

8. Carpet needs to be cleaned

9. Back window needs to be replaced (completely gone)

10. Leather seats cleaned

11. Scratches on steering wheel

12. clean interior thoroughly

13. Get exterior waxed

14. Repair some minor scratches around vehicle

15. Clean the seat belts

This was what they recommended. Overall, if I got everything done professionally it would cost me ~$2000 (according to Edmunds, NADA, and Kelly Blue Book my car is worth ~$11,000 in good condition)

I got the window replaced (that seemed pretty obvious that it needed to be fix). And I am cleaning the leather seats myself. So, two questions. What should I do myself, but please keep in mind I am not a mechanic and have very little experience with vehicles)? Is there anything I should skip?

I want at least 4,000 for my car. The closer I can get to 10,000 though, the better. How should I maximize and get the biggest bang for my buck?

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  • 7 years ago
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    I would do the following yourself:

    1. Oil Change (Easy to do.)

    7. Glove compartment needs a new handle (Look for one in a salvage yard, may be worth doing if the price is right and likely you can replace yourself.)

    8. Carpet needs to be cleaned (Easy to do.)

    10. Leather seats cleaned (Easy to do.)

    11. Scratches on steering wheel (Easy to do with some polish.)

    12. clean interior thoroughly (Easy to do.)

    13. Get exterior waxed (Easy to do.)

    14. Repair some minor scratches around vehicle (Easy to do.)

    15. Clean the seat belts (Easy to do.)

    Then have a professional do the following:

    6. Front Bumper needs to be replaced and painted (Depends upon the condition whether to repair or replace. I recently had a rear bumper painted at a Chevy dealer body shop for $200, likely you will be able to find a used one at a salvage yard reasonably)

    The following I would skip unless the car drives extremely poorly:

    2. Brake Fluid Exchange (Unless if it brakes poorly.)

    3. New Tie Rod Ends (Unless it is not safe.)

    4. Tires (Unless it is not safe, you can always position to the buyer that they can chose the brand/type of new tires.)

    5. Alignment (Unless it is not safe.)

  • 7 years ago

    what car are you selling and how many miles, more info on the car plz,

    update!

    black magic has free wheel cleaner until the 21st after the mail in rebate

    serach black magic car care and look at their website

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