6 tips to properly maintain European cars for resale

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As we all know a car is an asset, one that will eventually be sold in order to upgrade to something new. And like every other asset, you want to make sure you’re getting the highest possible price when it comes time to sell.

There are plenty of ways to keep your European vehicle in pristine condition so you get the best sale price, too. In this article we will provide you with 6 top tips to maintain your Euro car for resale purposes.

1. Stick to the servicing schedule

When you own a European vehicle, the mechanics can be a bit more complex than a car from elsewhere in the world. As such, it’s absolutely vital that you are vigilant with its scheduled servicing, as this will ensure it’s kept in fantastic running condition.

Additionally, a full logbook service history is a great selling point for prospective buyers and will potentially attract a higher number of offers.

2. Take it to a Euro specialist mechanic

As a continuation from the above servicing point, due to European cars’ advanced mechanics it’s very important that you take it to someone who has extensive experience servicing European cars such as yours.

3. Keep it clean and out of the elements

Like in other areas of life, first impressions count. If you keep it looking schmick, there’s a great chance you’ll get more for the sale.

If you leave your car parked outside and not in a garage or at least under a carport, you’re leaving it exposed to everything Mother Nature can throw at it. Rain is one thing, but as we all know the hail in Australia can be bigger than golf balls, which can absolutely destroy cars.

Then there’s the scorching summer sun which, over time, can fade the paint on your car. And we won’t even get into what bird droppings can do to paint! So wherever and whenever possible, leave your car undercover and away from the potential damage of the different seasons.

It’s also important to give it a thorough cleaning inside and out every few weeks, washing off any dirt and grime that may otherwise leave permanent stains on your interior or even on the paintwork.

4. Don’t push it (too hard, too often)

Okay, we know. It’s got the European ‘oomph’ we all know and love. Which makes it next to impossible to not open it up every now and then (in a controlled environment like a racetrack, of course).

But constantly redlining it and pushing it hard will wear the engine down, and if the buyer has it professionally inspected this wear will most certainly show in the report.

5. Fill up with the highest-quality fuel

Opting for the pricier (e.g. high-octane, premium) fuel types when you’re filling up do a lot more than offering vehicles a higher amount of power through their increased density.

They also have boosters and detergents in them that work to leave different engine components like your pistons and valves free from carbon and varnish build-up. This can help to lengthen the life of the engine and keep it running smoothly for longer.

And they may even last longer than their cheaper counterparts as well.

6. Keep all of the receipts

Whatever upgrades, modifications, services or replacements you have done to the car, make sure you keep all paperwork somewhere safe. Because without it, you might find it difficult to prove what you’re saying about it is factual when you’re selling.

Being able to back up your sales pitch with hard evidence in the way of receipts and other paperwork is a key ingredient to selling for the price you want.

Ready to sell your European car? Speak with the experts.

Upgrading to something even better? Switching to something bigger for your growing family? Need a quick influx of cash? Whatever your reason, if you need to sell your beautiful European car and are looking for the highest possible sale price, Sell My Car Australia is here to deliver.

Although we specialise in European makes, we’ll purchase your late-model vehicle – whichever brand it is – for a fair and genuine price.

It’s as simple as providing some details for your free car valuation (it takes under a minute), then we’ll be in touch to discuss pricing. Once we’ve agreed on a sale price, we’ll arrange for the inspection and if everything’s all good we’ll pay you right then and there!

Got a question for us? We’re always happy to help – call us today on 1800 735 573 or send us an email and we’ll be in touch with a reply ASAP.