Clean These 5 Spots Before Selling Your Car | Autoblog Details

Clean These 5 Spots Before Selling Your Car | Autoblog Details

– Selling a used car
can be a daunting task. Buying one is even scarier. These five spots at minimum
are critical to a quick sale and enticing the buyer to
make a full price offer. Find out where they are
and how to clean them on this episode of Auto Blog Details. Floor mats can take a lot of abuse and can indicate how much wear and tear maybe on the other areas of the car. In short, it’s like a
barometer for how well the car has been maintained. The solution is pretty simple,
buy new replacement mats. If new mats are out of the budget, be sure to vacuum, fabric clean, and scrub the carpet at minimum. Once the mats are a bit cleaner, you can create the illusion of new mats by wiping the mat with a scrub brush in opposite directions
called carpet lines. Remember, perception is everything when selling a used car. Inevitably a new buyer will lift the hood and look at the engine. Having a gunk-covered, dusty
engine is a real turn-off. Lightly wiping down the plastic components with a damp towel can make
a world of difference. Likewise, vacuum out any leaves or sticks that may be stuck in the hood jambs. Compressed air can be wildly
helpful in these spots. Once clean, add a
water-based tire dressing to the black plastic
for a deep, rich look, but be sure to lightly wipe down the shine with a dry cloth afterwards. Heavy shine attracts dust, and you don’t wanna look too eager with a dripping wet engine. Subtlety is key here. As the seller, you’ve been
in and out of your car a thousand times. A perspective buyer,
however, has never sat in your particular car before, so think about the first
time you sat in your car. How did it feel? How did it smell, and how did it look? Clearly turning back the
clock is not possible, but focusing your attention
to the driver’s side door, seat bolster, center console, door handle, and steering
wheel are all places the driver must notice every
time they get in the car. So if you’re gonna spend any time getting into the nitty-gritty
details and fine touches, train your eye to see
everything you would touch when you get in and drive away, because the potential new
owner is gonna notice them on the test drive. Having a terrible smell can and will prevent the sale of a used car. In fact, cars have been considered totaled by insurance companies
because of this devastating or uninhabitable odor. First, open all the doors of your car and remove any and all personal items. If there is an odor, try to
locate the source of the smell and scrub and vacuum
the surrounding areas. Next, consider removing and replacing your vehicle’s cabin filter. Adding flavorful scents to mask the smell will only create an even weirder smell, and raise the red flag
to your potential buyer. If you absolutely must use a scent, stick to the fresh or the
carpet cleaner-type smells. Pink bubblegum or fruity apple
spice is not gonna cut it. I’m sure it goes without saying, but the first impression
of any car is the outside, or in other words, the
paint and the wheels. Having flawless paint can
increase the value of your car by five to even 10%, but spending hours
compounding and polishing to then sell it may not be feasible. But at the very minimum,
wash and wax your paint. This will give even the
worst of paint conditions a pretty face. Likewise, wheels or rims can cost as much as entire vehicles in some cases, so the importance of
having them immaculate weighs heavily on the minds
of buyers in today’s market. Spend the time cleaning
the inside and the outside of the wheels and those
knuckle-busting tight spots. Trust me, it’s worth the effort. I’ll leave you with two
of my super-nerd tricks when I perform a pre-purchase
inspection for my clients, or if I’m on the other
side of the transaction and we’re preparing for sale. Number one, make sure the detail is done as close to the time of the
potential buyer’s inspection, thereby avoiding any dust build-up or quick drives to the store
that may spoil your hard work. Number two, do not show
the car in the same spot you just used for washing it. The ground is wet, soap buckets and vacuums
surrounding the car, this is not a good look. As a buyer I wanna get the sense a car has always been super-clean. If you found this video helpful, please share and keep up with
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to the Auto Blog page. I’m Larry Casilla from, thanks for watching.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. perception is everything? how about being up front about the damages and how it was maintained :/ Super clean engine bays that were obviously cleaned recently are a red flag to me as a buyer.

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