Selling your car? Make sure you read these 5 easy hacks to boost its value & get the best deal!


Jade Poole from I Write Words


Before you buy a new car, you will want to read our top tips on how to increase the value of your current car to get the best bang for your buck when selling it

So, you want to buy a new car? Well now, this is exciting!

And before buying your new (or second hand) car, you are probably wanting to sell your old one.

Buying a new car often means having to put in some extra cash for it as it will probably be an upgrade from your current car.

Or, if you are on the other end of the scale and want to scale down from your current car, then you will still want to make sure you get the most for the car you have when it comes time to sell.

No matter why you are buying a new car, it’s always a great feeling knowing you have done what you can to improve the value of the car you are selling in order to have more money to put into your new car and maybe even have some left over - beach holiday anyone?

It’s easy to increase the value of your car by regularly maintaining it and sprucing it up with some clever hacks just before you sell your vehicle.

Here are our top 5 tips that will make sure you get the most cash from your sale!

1. Make sure all of your paperwork is in order

You need to ensure that your car’s service book is up to date.

Have a look and see if you can get hold of your car’s detailed service records. It will help if you have kept the receipts of any services done and if you have replaced any parts such as brakes, tyres, etc.

Keep your registration and licence documents close.

Head’s up - if your car has been financed, then your back will have your registration document until the balance you owe on your car is settled. This entire process can take about 2 weeks or more and you could even lose a potential buyer if you don’t have your paperwork ready.

2. Care for your car every single day

Now, the thing is, when it comes time to sell your car, you might start to notice all of the things you have been putting off such as that light on the dashboard, the scratch on a side panel or that strange noise coming from under the hood.

This is why it is so important that you care for and look after your car every single day. It’s a good idea to create a good relationship with a local mechanic or service partner for your car and have them check out your car every few months or so to make sure everything is in order.

Of course, having car insurance in the case of bumps, dents and accidents is also a huge help in paying the costs of damage to your car.

3. Give your car’s interior a makeover

If your seats are worn, the dashboard is cracked or there are any marks or cigarette burns in your car - do what you can go get these fixed.

It helps to take your car for a proper valet service so that they can buff, shine and polish out any stains or scratches.

Don’t spend too much money on replacing things inside of your car as it might not be worth the money you spend - but do what you can to give your car the makeover it deserves.

4. Fix the exterior of your car

If you want to spend about R1000 at a panel beater who specialises in minor dents and scratches, then this could add thousands of rands to the value of your car (yes, seriously).

Any minor scratches or dents can often be buffed and shined out - making your car look almost new when it comes time to sell it.

Obviously, looking after your car o a regular basis is a better idea. But if you have left it until the last minute, then pop into your local panel beater (make sure you shop around for quotes first), and get your car looking fresh!

5. Clean out your car

This one should be pretty obvious by now, but have your car professionally cleaned. The engine should be cleaned, the interior and exterior should be shampooed and waxed, vacuumed, scrubbed and buffed to shine like a brand new car.

Spending a couple of hundred rands on a good clean can drastically improve the selling price of your car.

And just like that - your old baby is ready to be traded in for a new set of wheels! Happy driving!

Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,


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