How to sell your car 101
New wheels on the way? Nice! But that means selling your old ones… And getting the best price for them can be complicated.
So, here are 3 simple tips for sprucing up your 4 wheels.
- Smooth out the wrinkles
The teensiest nick can bring the value of your car down, so it makes sense to erase the scratches and repair the dents. You can claim for these repairs from your King Price policy and let our royal specialists handle the admin for you, or you can go to a dent specialist. It’s also a good idea to replace ‘worn’ interior things, like the steering wheel or gear lever, as this will definitely boost your car’s resale value.
- Give it a final rinse
There’s nothing like getting your hair washed and blown out. Sure, you can do it yourself, but when you let professionals loose on your locks, you can walk out of the salon and star in a Pantene ad. Sorry guys, that’s a very girly analogy, but the same principle applies to having your car professionally washed. And don’t just get the exterior waxed and the interior shampooed… Also get the engine cleaned. And then hide a fabric softener refill under a seat, for that new-car-smell.
- Get on the record
Nothing sells faster than a car with up-to-date paperwork. (Except maybe an iPhone 7 going for R40. But that’s probably a scam.) So, don’t set a potential buyer’s scam-siren off… Find all the service records and receipts and put them together in an easy-to-read-and-store format.
And then there’s the million-dollar question… What’s the right price? Given that she got you from A to Z (and all the letters in between) you might think that Princess Pam, AKA your pink 2009 Mazda, is worth, well, a million dollars. But chances are she’s not. So, here’s what to consider when figuring out your car’s value:
- The general condition
- The exact make and model (including the year)
- The mileage
- The colour
- The service history
- The ‘extras’
Once you have all these deets you can go online and use a free car evaluator tool, like this one, to see what your car is worth. Or, you can call us for some more of our award-winning royal service and we’ll help you work it out in a jiffy. Then, get ready to wave goodbye to Princess Pam.
And, before you climb into your new car, remember that we’re the only insurer to offer super cheap insurance that decreases monthly as the value of your car depreciates.
With us, you can also choose the excess that best suits you and your budget. And then there’s our R1 insurance for some of your favourite things. And so much more!