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Cleaning … for the selling


So its time to move on the old love for a new one, but there is a little bit of effort to the process, cleaning …

These 5 spots at minimum, are critical to a quick sale and enticing the buyer to make a high price offer. Find out where they are and how to clean them below;

Selling a car can be somewhat of a task. Buying one is even scarier. These five spots at minimum are critical to help a quick sale and enticing the buyer to make a high or even full price offer.

First, open all the doors of your car and remove any and all personal items.


Cleaning the floors 4x4

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 mats.

If new mats are out of the budget, be sure to hoover, fabric clean, and scrub the carpet.

Once the mats are a cleaner, you can create the illusion of new mats by wiping the mat with a scrubbing brush in opposite directions called carpet lines. Remember, perception is everything when selling a used car.



Inevitably a new buyer will lift the bonnet and look at the engine. Having a grime covered or dusty engine is a real turn off. Give it the once over, nothing too intense or it may look like you are hiding fluid leaks. Heavy shine attracts dust, and you don’t want to look too eager with a dripping wet engine. Subtlety is key here.


DASH-CLEANINGInside lightly wiping down the plastic components with a damp towel can make a world of difference. Likewise, clean out any leaves or sticks that may have stuck in the bonnet channels. 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.

As the seller, you’ve been in and out of your motor a thousand times. A perspective buyer, however, has never sat in your particular vehicle 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, centre console, door handle, and steering wheel are all places the driver must notice every time they get in the car.

So if you’re spending 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 will 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 totalled by insurance companies because of this devastating or uninhabitable odour.
If there is an odour, try to locate the source of the smell and scrub and vac the surrounding areas. Next, consider removing and replacing your vehicle’s cabin filter. Adding flavourful 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.


4x4-cleaningIt 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 tight spots. Trust me, it’s worth the effort.

For further advice on selling your truck, check out selling up and life hacks on cleaning


Two tips to remember …

Number one, make sure the cleaning is done as close to the time of the potential buyer’s inspection, thereby avoiding any dust build up or quick drives to the shops 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 cleaning gear surrounding the truck, this is not a good look.

Good Luck ….



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