…To Sell Your Used Vehicle Fast!
- Did you know that a clean, well maintained used vehicle will sell faster than one that needs to be washed or needs a lot of fixing? And that a clean, well cared for vehicle will get a higher price, sometimes thousands of dollars more?
- If you’re thinking “I want to sell my car” and you want the highest price you can get, follow these handy tips below, then call us 310-428-1592 for a fast, free IMMEDIATE quote.
Remember, the cleaner and nicer your vehicle, regardless of year, make or model will ALWAYS fetch a higher price in the used car market.
- The following list of Car Care tips is meant as an ongoing checklist of things to take care of if you need to sell your used car fast.
- Though some of these tips can be undertaken immediately, others like oil change frequency require that you do regular maintenance. These car care tips have helped me sell my vehicle fast.
- Check it every month. Replace it when it becomes dirty or as part of a tune-up.
- It is easy to reach, right under the hood, in a carburetor engine; or in a rectangular box at the forward end of the air duct hose assembly.
- Selling a used vehicle means taking care of corrosion issues on your car and the acidity of the battery compartment makes this a great place to start your preventative maintenance.
- Engine belts and hoses should always be in strong shape with easy bending qualities. Any hose or belts showing dried out rubber that is frayed, glazed, or starting to show too many shredded threads should be replaced immediately.
- Also pay close attention to the metal clamps that hold the hoses in place. Make sure to tighten these clamps. Hoses that look bad or show excessive softness or hardness should be replaced. Selling a used car fast is easy when you take care of these small but very important details.
- Of all the tips that have helped me sell my used car fast, this one requires the most foresight ahead of time.
- Detailed attention paid to something as seemingly insignificant as checking a used car’s oil once a month can pay off big. Checking your oil means removing your oil dipstick mounted on the engine, wiping it clean with a paper or rag, then re-inserting the dipstick into its resting place (the engine).
- Remove the dipstick a second time and inspect the fluid level. Your oil dipstick should have notches indicating if the oil level is low. Add oil if necessary.
- To maintain peak performance, your used car’s oil should be completely drained and replaced every 5,000 miles or 90 days, whichever comes first. Refer to your owner’s manual for oil change frequency. Remember to always replace the oil filter whenever the oil is changed. The absolute minimum is twice a year. If the oil is BLACK, change it IMMEDIATELY! If your car has an electronic oil-change indicator on the instrument cluster, then change you car oil straight away.
Different Types of Motor Oil.
- Premium Conventional Oil – standard on all late model new cars. Most major oil brands have one for service level SL, available in multiple viscosity (degrees of oil thickness). Auto manufacturers often specify a 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil, particularly for those cars in colder climates- an alternate 10-W-30 oil can also be used by cars driven in warmer or less extreme weather conditions. These aforementioned ratings cover just about every used vehicle on the road.
- Synthetic Blend Oil – These oils are a hybrid of synthetic oil mixed with conventional oil and overall are formulated to provide protection for somewhat heavier loads and high temperatures.
- This type of oil is less volatile and are good for use in warmer climates because they evaporate slower than conventional oil, which reduces oil loss and increases fuel economy. Synthetic blend oils are often a good alternative for those drivers who want a little better engine protection for less cost than a full synthetic oil.
- Full Synthetic Oil – Full synthetic oils are made for modern high-tech engines used in sports cars and German luxury autos. The oils of this type must pass stringent special tests and display better, longer range engine performance in several important areas, from viscosity index to protection against deposits.
- Synthetics are often favored in more extreme climates because of the way they flow better at low temperatures and keep peak lubricity at high temps. The high cost of these oils compared to conventional oil means that only the most expensive and high-performance autos are recommended to use this oil type. Lower performance autos are better served by conventional oils. As always, read and follow your owner’s manual.
- Higher Mileage Oil – Late model used vehicles are staying on the road longer than ever before. For those used car owners who intend to keep their cars, trucks or SUVs a long time, there is also the option of using special oil formulated especially for higher-mileage vehicles.
- Almost two-thirds of the vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Check with your dealer for advice on where to find specialized higher mileage oils.
- Loose or broken exhaust clamps and supports can lead to bigger problems for your used car.
- Check for holes in muffler or pipes and those people living along the coast should guard against rusted parts from all the damp, salty air.
- California’s stringent smog laws require that your mufflers be in tip top shape.
- Make sure that all your lights are clean and working, including the brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers. Keep spare bulbs and fuses in your vehicle.
- Often a non-working light is the result of a burned out bulb or simple short circuits and can be fixed for little money.
- The resale value on a used car with faulty lighting can take a nose-dive way in excess of the cost of fixing this simple problem.
- Check the brake fluid every couple of months. Pay attention to your car’s brake master cylinder reservoir lid. If necessary, flip off the retainer clip and remove the lid or unscrew the plastic lid, depending on which type your vehicle has.
- Add needed fluid and check for possible leaks throughout the system. Pay special attention not to overfill the reservoir.
- Examine the power steering fluid level once every couple of months. Check it by removing the reservoir dipstick.
- Add fluid if the level is down and inspect the attached pump and hoses for leaks.
- If the steering wheel squeaks too much when you turn it, you may only need to fill your power steering fluid to the proper level.
- Keep tires inflated to recommended pressure. Any bulges on the tires indicate that they should be immediately replaced. If your tire tread is unevenly worn down, replace the whole tire even if there is plenty of threads left on most of the tire. Also, have the wheel alignment checked on your car.
- These are problems that often cause uneven tread wear. Obviously, if your used car is showing balding tires, get them replaced with new ones.
- Few used car accessories recommend a higher price or helped me sell my used vehicle fast like great tires
Tools and Things you Should Carry in your Vehicle!
- A spare tire in good condition inflated to the specified pressure, tire jack and tire iron to replace a flat tire
- Tire inflator or tire inflator-sealer
- Tire pressure gauge
- Duct tape for temporary fixes (leaking hoses, fender bender).
- Socket & screwdriver set
- Jumper cables
- Car’s user manual, keep it in the glove compartment