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Seven Car Cleaning Tips to Boost Resale Value

Trying to sell or trade in your old car? There are a lot of things to consider first, such as pricing and making sure your car has enough curb appeal to generate buyer interest. Before you begin showing your car to potential buyers, consider these car wash and detailing tips to help improve your vehicle's resale value.

  1. Clean it all out. Take everything out of your car. Check all spaces, especially underneath rugs, in your console, cup holders, storage areas, trunk, and under seats. A stiff brush will help to remove dirt from small nooks. Or, consider trying a high-pressure air hose or air compressor from a gas station to blow debris from small, difficult-to-clean areas such as air vents and niches around the inner console.
  2. Vacuum. Consider using a vacuum to remove any pebbles, dirt and other buildup from your car's floor and seats. It will also pick up any debris stirred up by the brush, air hose or compressor from the previous step.
  3. Scrub all upholstery. Buy a stain remover if you see any marks on the upholstery, and clean until all spots are removed. If the stains cannot be eliminated, seat covers could help conceal them. Have a leather interior? Try leather cleaners and conditioners to keep it looking new.
  4. Make the windows shine. Use a non-streaking glass cleaner to make sure your car's windows are spotless. Cleaning the inside of car windows is often overlooked, but they are one of the areas most prone to grime. Microfiber cloths work well to remove any cleaning residue left behind.
  5. Freshen up. A car that smells fresh and clean on the inside will likely attract more buyers than one with odors. Try using an air neutralizer or freshener to remove any unpleasant smells.
  6. Wash the outside. If you would like to hand-wash your car instead of going to a car wash, scrub your entire car thoroughly with a non-abrasive sponge. A helpful car wash tip: dishwashing soap can harm your car's paint job, so make sure you use a cleaning agent specifically for cars.
  7. Wax your car. Car wax will make your vehicle look shiny and repel water, which can prevent rust - a top concern of potential buyers. For first-timers, you may want to read up on the process with this helpful guide to waxing your car.

From vacuuming to waxing, these car cleaning tips may help you improve your car's appearance and possibly increase its value. Once you sell or trade in your car, you will likely be busy with switching titles and important paperwork, but don't forget to remove your vehicle from your auto insurance policy as well. If you are planning on buying a new car after selling yours, consider searching for an affordable car insurance quote to maximize your savings and stay covered.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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