When selling a car, especially to a private party, there are a few things you can do to get top dollar for it. This requires no extra money or time and that is taking quality photos of your car. With the high quality of smartphone cameras, you can easily take really attractive photos of your car if you just take the time to learn how. Another selling technique takes a little time and a little money, but it’s almost guaranteed to maximize your profit on the sale – detailing.
Larry Kosilla, owner of AMMO NYC, always gives tips on the best ways to detail your car at home, using relatively inexpensive products. In his latest video, he not only teaches you how to detail your car quickly and effectively, but also how to do it when selling your car to get as much as possible.
In this case, the car was a 2006 Acura RL from a friend who got $1,500 for it from a dealer. Kosilla told him that a simple detail could bring him much more and, to prove it, made a deal with him. If Kosilla could detail it, sell it and make more than $5,000 for it, they would split all the profits on the first $1,500 bid. His friend agreed and Kosilla went to work.
Of course Kosilla is a professional detailer, with the best equipment available, in a perfect workshop environment, so if you try this at home, your car probably won’t look as good as this RL did when it was finished. However, he acknowledged that and tried to give tips on how to best detail your car at home, for as little money and time as possible. He even showed the differences between different cleaning and detailing methods so you can see how much effort you’d like to put into it.
The Acura RL he was working on in this video was in raw condition. The paint was a vortex to say the least, and there was so much dirt in the paint that it sounded like sandpaper when he rubbed it by hand. But once it was done, it looked almost brand new; the paint was beautiful, the interior looked fresh and even the engine compartment looked showroom ready. He was even able to sell it for $5,500, which allowed him to split the money with his friend.
Admittedly, it took Kosilla over ten hours to flesh out the RL as well as he did, but those ten hours netted him $2,000. Ten hours is usually too long for someone who wants to get rid of a car. However, if you get a few buckets, quality cleaning products, a few towels and a garden hose, you can spend a few hours over the weekend detailing your car and making it as attractive as possible. Even just cleaning the door jambs, removing brake dust from the wheels and vacuuming the interior can go a long way towards increasing your return on the car.
If you’re considering selling your car, it’s probably worth spending a little money and a lot of time (or, conversely, a little time and a lot of money for a professional) detailing your car to your best. power. Then, if you make sure to get good photos, you should be able to get a top price for your car.