Get the best price for your car
It pays to make a good first impression. The fact is your potential buyer’s mind is essentially made up within the first 5 minutes of seeing your vehicle.
If your vehicle is looking its best when buyers see it for the first time, they’re more likely to make a generous offer. On the other hand, minor cosmetic blemishes give them a good excuse to undercut your asking price. The small cost to you of touching up some paint or replacing a burnt-out headlight can really pay off.
The vehicle exterior
It’s been proven that vehicles with a flawless, dent-free exterior command higher-than-average prices. Consider taking steps to make the body of your vehicle look its best:
- Polishing the body will eliminate up to 90% of swirl and scratch marks.
- Get dings and dents taken out by a professional or ask your dealer. Dealers will often do the job for you or advise you on your best course of action.
- Freshen up the shine and colours of parts with over-the-counter products sold by auto detailing shops.
- Give your vehicle a thorough cleaning, including the engine compartment, and don’t be shy about shelling out a few extra dollars for professional detailing. Your vehicle should shine like a new penny! A flawless finish is a sign of good maintenance and always makes an impression
Don’t forget about the vehicle interior, where your buyer is likely to be sitting for a very close look around:
- Repair any holes or torn fabric.
- Clean stains and spots, vacuum everywhere and wash the inside of the windows.
- Pick up anything that shouldn’t be there under the seats and between seat cushions.
Smoker? Non-smoker? There’s still zero tolerance for lingering smells from your vehicle’s past:
- Make sure there’s no hint of food or cigarette smells.
Replace any missing, nonstandard or damaged parts.
If the buyer will have to replace parts after purchase, such as a cracked windshield or worn-out tires, replacement costs will be deducted from the asking price:
- Make sure all 4 tires are the same size, brand and model and that they match the season.
- Replace any damaged or worn-out parts.
Advertise your vehicle yourself
Merchants and dealers will offer to purchase your car, but to get the best price you should sell it yourself by accommodation sale to your own buyer. This will get you more money and reduce the sales tax you pay for the new vehicle.
Get an estimate
Use our trade-in value calculator for an estimate of the value of your vehicle and you’ll get a price range based on the Canadian Black Book, Canada’s standard authority for over 50 years. With a vehicle in perfect condition, you’re sure to be close to the top end of the range and get the best price.