Selling a car can be both exciting and overwhelming. For starters, the idea of saying goodbye to your trusty ride for the last couple of years can be tough, but the idea of the new car that you’re about to get can be exciting! If you’re in the process of preparing your car to sell it, one of the most important things that you will want to do is give it a deep clean. Not only does this help with the overall appearance of the car, but it can often contribute to the value that you list it at. In many instances, a buyer will look at condition and cleanliness, which go hand in hand and can make or break whether they choose to buy or not.

In today’s blog post, the team at MVD Express in New Mexico is going to go over a few of the things that you want to consider when cleaning a car that you’re going to sell. Let’s go ahead and get started.

Start With the Big Stuff

Depending on how messy your car is, one of the best pieces of advice that we can give is to start with the big stuff. In many instances, this will be the basic mess that is creating the clutter within your car. For some, this is in the form of empty fast food bags and random trash. For others, this may be in the form of random sports equipment and extra clothes. Whatever it may be, start by removing these items from your car. You’ll be surprised how much better it looks with just this first step completed.

Clean the Upholstery

One of the first things that a buyer will look at when shopping for a car is the upholstery. Regardless of whether you have leather or cloth seats, you’re going to want to take some time cleaning the seats up. If you have any stains in the seats, do your best to spot clean them so that they don’t stand out quite as much. If you have leather seats, invest in some leather wipes that will not only treat the leather on the seats, but will leave the car smelling like fresh leather.

After you’ve cleaned the seats, spend some time looking at the carpet of the car. Here in New Mexico, it’s not uncommon to see some stains from dirt in the floorboard of your vehicle. Again, you’re going to want to spot treat these sections and do your best to remove them. Something we’ve had great success with in regards to removing stains is hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit on the stain for a while and then scrub it out. More often than not, this little trick can make a world of difference.

Do Some Deep Cleaning

Now that the major pieces of the car have been cleaned, it’s time to spend some time deep cleaning and detailing. Oftentimes, this is the most time consuming and tedious part of preparing a car that’s going to be sold. As we mentioned earlier, cleanliness and condition are two things that a buyer is going to be considering when shopping around. That being said, taking the time to deep clean your interior — dust the vents, wash the windows, vacuum under the seats, etc. — is well worth the time it takes. Trust us, you won’t regret doing this when the buyer is super impressed with the condition of your car.

Organize Your Records

Now that you’ve got the interior of your car nice and clean, it’s time to get organized. Gather all of the documents that you have related to the car. This could be anything from the title to the records of oil changes and tire rotations that you have handy. Once you have all of these records and documents ready, figure out a nice way to organize them so that you can pass them off to the new owner. Depending on the duration of time you’ve had the car, an accordian file might be the best option. If you haven’t had the car very long, a ziplock bag can do the trick.

Let MVD Express Help With Your Title

While we can’t help get the car clean, our team at MVD Express can help with pulling up your title and completing the transfer. If you ever need some additional assistance with this, don’t hesitate to call our office and ask any questions you may have. When it comes time to transfer the title, you can go ahead and schedule an appointment online to optimize your wait time.