At ADESA Auctions, we see all sorts of vehicles come through our lot—some in running condition, some not so much. It’s no secret that the vehicles that are able to drive right on out of the garage tend to sell for more than those that may need a little work.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your vehicle, drive up the value by taking some preliminary measures before the big auction.
Get It Safetied
Don’t get us wrong; a safety isn’t required to sell your vehicle in ADESA Auctions, but it’s a surefire way to attract more potential buyers and higher bids.
Safetying your vehicle ensures that it has met the minimum safety standards on the date the certificate was issued. Some potential buyers are looking to purchase a vehicle as their primary mode of transportation. For them, proper safety is a key factor in their decision making process.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance will improve the lifespan of your vehicle. From the moment you make the purchase, stay on top of regular oil changes, fluid levels, tire rotation and alignment, tire pressure, and potential leaks.
It doesn’t take much, and the more diligent you are, the more it’ll pay off when it eventually comes time to sell.
Give It A Good Clean
You want your vehicle to look as attractive as possible before sending it through the auction. And yes, this means tossing out all the old Tupperware and empty Tim Hortons cups from the back seat.
Vacuum the interior, shine the tires, get rid of the dust under the hood and wax the exterior until it’s squeaky clean. The more presentable your vehicle is at face value, the more it’ll attract potential bidders. If you aren’t prepared to do it yourself, ADESA offers various detailing packages. Whether your vehicle needs a simple hand wash, or a serious scrub-down, we’ll make sure your car looks as good as new before the auction.
Replace The Tires
Especially in provinces with heavy winter snowfall, tire traction is important. If your tires have little-to-no tread, consider replacing them before putting the vehicle through the auction. Buyers will often expect a discount if they are required to change the tires after purchasing. Do yourself a favour and add a little more value onto the vehicle.
Top Off The Fluids
The best way to ensure that your vehicle is running as smooth as possible is to simply top up fluids before the auction—oil, brake fluid, anti-freeze, even windshield wiper fluid. Not only does it show that your car is well-maintained, but it also sets the buyer off on the right foot. This way, they won’t have to leave and make an immediate Canadian Tire run.
Replace or Clean Headlights
Burnt-out or dirty headlights just make the vehicle look and feel old. A new headlight doesn’t run you too much these days (typically under $30) and restoration products can even be found around the house!
If your headlights are looking a bit dusty and dingy, try buffing them out with toothpaste and a soft cloth. They’ll look as good as new in no time.
Check Your Brakes
If the brakes don’t work, the buyer can’t drive the car. It’s that simple. If you don’t get your vehicle safetied, at least make sure your brakes are working properly. A working set of brakes is sure to raise the value of your vehicle.
Repair Any Scratches, Dents or Cracks
Again, you want your vehicle to look as presentable as possible at first glance. Cracks, dents and scratches are immediate signs of an unkempt vehicle, and that may not always be the case. A vehicle might run like a charm, but if it’s all banged up, potential buyers will make assumptions on the condition of the rest of it. Don’t give them a reason to assume the worst.
ADESA offers auto-glass repair services in-house. If you’re looking fix a cracked windshield, we can take care of it all before running the vehicle through our auction.
Repair Major Mechanical Issues
When you’re looking at spending money on some major mechanical issues, it may be time to cut your losses and run your vehicle through the auction as-is. However, if you think you can make a profit once the issues are addressed, it might be wise to do so. You never know how much you’ll get for your vehicle until the offers start rolling in!