3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck: Maximize Your Car's Value Before Trading or Selling

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck: Maximize Your Car's Value Before Trading or Selling

You worked hard for the money you used to purchase your vehicle. That's why when it comes time to sell or trade, you deserve top dollar. Keep in mind that buyers and auto sales companies will scrutinize your vehicle to save a dollar wherever possible. If there are chips in the windshield, stains in the upholstery, or scratches in the paint, you can expect an offer under full asking price.

To receive top dollar offers on your vehicle, address the following before listing for sale:

  • Check Engine or other warning lights - Buyers are instantly leery when they see active warning signals as soon as they slide behind the wheel. Ensure that issues are resolved by a certified technician and error signals are cleared before your first buyer takes her for a spin. Also address any non-working accessories such as power locks, windows, remote starter, radio, etc.
  • Windshield chips or cracks - Having a damaged windshield repaired or replaced is typically inexpensive, covered by most full coverage insurance policies, and prevents buyers from offering low on account of a windshield that requires replacement.
  • Auto body damage - If you have existing damage from a collision, or minor dents or scratches on the exterior of the vehicle, now is the time to invest in repairing. Since buyers often can't anticipate what it might cost to repair these issues, they frequently offer significantly under asking price to accommodate the unknown. Repairing in advance can help guarantee a full price offer and a quicker sale.

Clean Up Your Act

  • Interior damage - If your car is plagued with rips, tears, or stains in the interior upholstery or carpet, address these issues before attempting to sell. Some stains and tears may be repairable while others might require re-upholstery. Ask your local shop for an estimate to determine whether it's worth the value.
  • Cleanliness - Remove personal items from your vehicle and clear the trunk, floorboards, seats, and storage compartments to create the illusion of organization and space. Having your car thoroughly detailed can make it appear new again and appeal to buyers' desire for a newer looking vehicle.

Taking these steps before attempting to sell or trade your vehicle can result in 1) a quicker sale as buyers are impressed and 2) a higher offer as the vehicle appears to have no issues that may be costly to the buyer in the near future.

Contact 3rd Kind Customz in Houston to learn more about maximizing the value of your car. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to provide you with recommendations, estimates, and quality and timely work.