Selling a car is an important milestone for most people in life. This can be especially true when it is your first one. We can all remember our first car, how it felt to drive, how it looked, what we named it, and the small kinks that came with it. But there will always come a time when the hard choice has to be made and we have to part with our beloved companion. An auto repair shop can save you a lot of money over the sales process.
Here at Sudden Impact auto repair shop we know what it is like to sell your first car, so we are providing this simple guide to make it as easy as possible for you to get top dollar on your sale. As long as your engine is in top shape, a beautiful exterior should get a lot of attention and a quick sale.
Auto Repair Shop
The visual appeal of your car is one of the most important aspects when it comes to selling. You want to make sure that your car looks as nice as possible as this will be the first obstacle in the screening process when a potential buyer inspects your vehicle. In order to save money in the long run, it is best if you fix these changes yourself before selling. We have estimated that for every $200 worth of damage to a vehicle, it becomes $400-$500 less in value as the potential buyer will know they must take time out of their day to get these fixed. By looking after these issues, you can save yourself a lot of money. So, how can you improve the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle?
Bring Your Car Into An Auto Repair Shop
You should bring your car into a licensed and professional auto body repair shop for a full car inspection. Sudden Impact will inspect your car and offer our professional advice to improve the value at the least cost to you. If your car has a dent in it, particularly one that is noticeable right away, it will raise red flags to any potential buyers. Not only will they think that the previous owner was reckless (even if the dent was not your fault), they will also think that the owner was negligent and didn’t get the necessary repairs done on time. This could lead them to conclude there might be internal damage that isn’t visible to the naked eye, causing them to be wary of purchasing the vehicle.
Paintless Dent Repair Service
Depending on the size and damage of the dent, our paintless dent repair service (PDR service) may be a quick, cheap, repair returning your car to almost brand new condition. Paintless dent repair is the process of pushing and massaging out the dent from the inside, reworking the auto bodywork back into its former shape. We have a wide variety of hand tools and body picks that allow us to return your vehicle’s bodywork to its original condition.
Replacing Bodywork With OEM Parts
If the dent is the more severe, replacement of the damaged body part may be required. We offer OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer) at a competitive rate so you know that you are getting the best deal possible. We always recommend using OEM parts. They undergo vigorous testing for safety and durability. Generic parts may decrease the value of your vehicle because they aren’t manufactured specifically for your model and may not last or fit well. OEM parts also come with a warranty, a good selling point to your potential buyer.
Car Paint Repair
There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the visual appeal of your car. This may be required if the car has been in an auto collision and the paint has been damaged. If this has happened, we recommend getting it fixed as quickly as possible before rust sets in and makes a bigger mess. If a part of the body panel has been replaced with an OEM part you will need a professional to match the new part with the existing color of the car. Even painting in a slightly different shade will easily become noticeable and shows sloppy handiwork. That is why we always recommend going to a professional. Even without body damage, a fresh paint job brings new life and beauty to an old car. At Sudden Impact we provide expert car paint service. Just bring your vehicle in and we will walk you through exactly what we recommend. Our car inspection is free!
Car Frame Straightening
The skeletal composition of your car could become damaged if you were involved in an auto accident. A damaged frame can weaken the integrity of the car creating a safety hazard. This will greatly depreciate the value of your car. We have the tools to detect gradual degradation and exchange the damaged part with an OEM replacement.
Why Choose An Independent Auto Repair Shop
Unlike some dealerships, we have your best interests at heart. We make no profit selling vehicles. Our free inspections provide you the information you need to make the most from your car sale. We provide a list of recommendations to improve the aesthetic appeal of your car and increase the value with the least cost to you. You are under no obligation follow through on those recommendations. A dealership, however, holds all the cards. Some even demand that you use them for the repairs or they won’t sell your vehicle for you, as they can’t guarantee the work that was done. If you want an independent car inspection in Las Vegas give us a call on (702) 457-3002. You can also submit an online application form.
Who To Sell Your Car To?
You have a couple of options when it comes to selling your car.
Car Dealership Trade-In
One of the most popular choices is to take it to a dealer and get a trade-in valuation, which goes towards the purchase of a new vehicle. This has traditionally been a good option in the past as it offers the most hassle free route to getting you back on the road. However, when the dealership evaluates your car, it takes a lot of factors into consideration, like the mileage, age, history, and whether there is demand for your model. They generally offer a lower trade-in value than the car may get if you sell it yourself because they dealer needs to make money on the re-sale.
Private Car Sale
In recent times with, the accessibility of the Internet, it has become easier to sell a car yourself. Although this will require doing more research about selling cars and what other comparable cars are worth, cutting out the middle man and setting an attractive price, will more likely get you more money from the sale.
Auto Repair Shop in Las Vegas
At Sudden Impact Auto Body in Las Vegas, we want you to make the most money possible when it comes to selling your vehicle. We recommend bringing your vehicle into an auto repair shop for a full inspection. Make sure that your car looks pristine from the outside. Even investing in small jobs like fixing dents, repairing headlights, replacing tires, getting a new paint job, or tinting the windows can increase the value of your car. If you know a little about cars and feel confident selling it yourself, you could have more money for your next vehicle. Call an experienced auto repair shop in Las Vegas today to schedule a free inspection on (702) 457-3002!