3 Tips To Get A Better Value on Your Next Car Appraisal

When it’s time to sell your car, you’ll want to get the best possible value on that car.

Unfortunately, getting an appraisal can be complicated, and there are a lot of factors that can impact how much you get for your car.

The Watkin Motors team wants to keep things as simple as possible for our clients, and that’s why our appraisal process is always fair, trustworthy, and straightforward.

Because we know that you want to maximize your car’s value, we’ve put together this list of things that you should do before your next car appraisal. Take a look at the actions that we’ve listed below, and let us know if you have any questions.

1. Take Care of Your Car

Now, if you’re going to sell your car very soon, you might skip over this section because it has to do with long-term car maintenance. However, if you want to do some research for the future, or if you’ve got plenty of time between now and your next appraisal, then read on.

It’s important to take good care of your car so that you get the most value out of it when it’s time to sell your car or trade it in. You can do all of the following things to extend your car’s life and make sure that you maximize its value.

Good Driving Habits

The Watkin Motors team recommends that you use good driving habits whenever you take your car out for a spin. Whether you’re driving to work, school, or just taking a drive, you can make the most of your car’s value by treating it well as you drive.

You should be gentle with your brakes, and you should always stay aware of your surroundings to avoid potential collisions. Good driving habits can keep your car running longer so that you can avoid damage that might bring down your car’s value.

Good Maintenance Habits

At Watkin Motors, we can help you keep up with your car’s maintenance needs. Good maintenance habits, like good driving habits, can keep your car’s value relatively high.

Plus, it can also help you extend your car’s lifespan so that you get the most use out of it. Here are some maintenance aspects that you should keep up with as a car owner:

  • Oil changes
  • Regular tune-ups
  • Waxing your car and/or parking it in a garage
  • Conditioning your car’s leather interior if applicable
  • Avoiding smoking inside your car
  • Cleaning up spills as quickly as possible
  • Getting repairs as soon as possible

Using Safety Features

Your car may have excellent safety features, and if it does, you should use them. Your car’s safety features, especially the advanced ones, can assist you in keeping your car safe from harm and extending its value as a result.

Some advanced safety technology might include:

  • Rearview cameras
  • Lane assistance technology
  • Automatic emergency brakes
  • Automatic high beams

Many of the vehicles at Watkin Motors have these technologies, and when you make the most of them, you can avoid collisions.

2. Do Some Research Yourself

When you get your car appraised, how can you be sure whether or not you’re getting a good offer for your car? If you’ve done some research ahead of time, you can know.

There are plenty of resources online for those who want to check out their car’s value. These sites will give you quotes based on your car’s year, make, model, mileage, and condition.

Don’t stick with just one of these sites, though. They can give varying amounts, so use a few different sites and take an average of the results that you get.

While you do your research, keep in mind that your car’s trade-in value will be different from your car’s sale value.

3. Use a Pre-Appraisal Checklist

To get the most value from your car’s appraisal, use a pre-appraisal checklist to make sure that you have everything you need.

Get Value-Boosting Repairs

Are there any repairs that may boost your car’s value? Maybe your car has some dents. When it comes to small repairs, you can often add more to your car’s value than you spend on the repairs themselves.

Gather Your Car’s Documents

Next, gather any documents that are associated with your car. You’ll need your title, for example. You can also gather service reports if you have any.

Gather Your Car’s Accessories

Next, make sure that you have all of the accessories and removable parts that came with your car. These accessories count toward the value of your car, but they must be with your car if you want your appraiser to add them. These accessories might include things like:

  • Extra sets of keys
  • Removable seats, cupholders, and other interior pieces
  • DVD players and other media players
  • Removable exterior pieces, shades, or covers

Get Your Car Washed and Detailed

Finally, have your car washed and detailed. This way, your appraiser can see your car in its best condition.

Watkin Motors of Vernon, BC

Looking for a good car appraisal source? Watkin Motors is here to help. Get an excellent value for your sale or trade in. Contact us today to learn more.