Preparing your Figaro
Preparing your Figaro properly can make a used car look new – adding hundreds of pounds to its value.
Car maintenance checks
Most car buyers will check under the bonnet when viewing a car. Remember to:
- Check your oil level and top it up if needed – information on this will be included in the car’s handbook.
- Fill all water and coolant vessels – again, check the handbook.
- Check your tyre pressure and replace any worn or damaged tyres.
- Remove leaves and debris from the air intakes in front of the windscreen.
- Repair damage to trim if possible.
Washing your car
Spending a few hours cleaning your Figaro could add hundreds to the car’s value by giving it a cared-for look. You could hire a professional valeting service, but washing your car yourself will be much cheaper.
Give the bodywork a wash and remove watermarks with a chamois leather cloth. Alloy wheel cleaner helps remove stubborn dirt from wheels, and it’s a good idea to replace damaged wheel trims.
Clean the interior
A clean interior is as important as sparkling bodywork. Make sure you:
- Vacuum the carpets, mats and seats.
- Empty the ash tray.
- Remove rubbish from the wet boot, dry boot and glove box.
- Wipe the dashboard and trim panels with a damp cloth.
- Clean glass with a window cleaner and damp chamois.
Buyers will want to see the car’s history, so gather it all together and put it in a folder, removing any credit card receipts. Don’t forget to include:
- The V5C registration document (logbook).
- Service history – receipts and service book.
- MOT certificates.
- Warranty documents.
- The car’s handbook.