Here are some tips, tricks and techniques commonly used to get a classic car or truck ready to sell.
It’s important to have all relevant legal paperwork when selling. A seasoned buyer will demand it. They’ll want to verify that all the numbers are correct.
Repair receipts show the history of the vehicle. A large file of repair and maintenance receipts shows the vehicle was loved and that raises value in the minds of many buyers.
Enthusiasts love a good story. Who owned it? Has it won any awards or entered competitions? Even a dull story is better than none at all. Stories demonstrate the character of the vehicle.
An original owner’s manual is a sign the vehicle was cared for and treated with love. And if you have the original tool toll, jack, spare wheel, tire iron or other original accessories, they’ll add extra value.
If you have any spare parts for your vehicle, include them with the sale. Parts can be hard to locate and including them can increase the value of your vehicle to a buyer.
Present your vehicle in the best possible condition. Vacuum, clean the windows, and polish the interior. Consider repairing any interior damage.
Even if your car needs cosmetic attention, it will benefit from a clean exterior. Most old vehicles have some blemishes. A clean exterior will help you sell your car.
Make sure the tires are properly inflated. The battery should be fully charged. Make sure all electric items are working, things like the wipers, bulbs, and radio.
Prepping a car for sale should also include an oil and filter change. Make sure the windshield wiper fluid is topped off and check other fluids to see if they need to be flushed or topped off.