SPRING IS ALMOST HERE – TIME TO CLEAN YOUR CAR.
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS SPOTLESS BEFORE SELLING.
Interior and exterior cleaning of your car should be an integral part of your maintenance routine, especially before selling. In fact, regular exterior cleaning is one of the most important steps in maintaining car’s value.
HINT: We offer more to clients if their car has been cleaned properly.
STEP 1: THE INTERIOR
-Clean from the top down. Dirt and debris will settle on the floor for quick vacuum pick-up.
-Use a gentle foam-based fabric or carpet cleaner. It’s great for cleaning and removing stains on the interior top, as well as seats and carpets.
-Wipe down all hard surfaces. Use a water-based, all-purpose cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth to scrub hard surfaces like door panels and the console of the car.
-Avoid oil-based finishing products. They leave a greasy residue that attracts dust and dirt, and overuse can cause vinyl surfaces to crack.
-If you have one at home, use an air compressor in tight spaces. A small compressor, like the kind used to clean electronics and keyboards, will quickly clear out vents and help restore that new car smell. Use in hard-to-reach spots like between seats as well.
-Scrub your floor mats. Remove mats from the vehicle. Give them a quick rinse with a garden hose. Using a sturdy-bristled brush, scrub the mats with all-purpose cleaner to remove any hardened mud and debris.
-Vacuum floors and upholstery. After cleaning hard interior surfaces, use a handheld vacuum to suck up dust and dirt.
-Wash all windows and mirrors. For a streak-free finish, use glass/window cleaner and remember to spray a generous amount of cleaner on the window. Polish with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
STEP 2: THE EXTERIOR
-Avoid car-wash brushes. They can leave small scratches in the finish.
-Mind the paint. Since paint is porous, dirt can become trapped in the paint, making it appear dull over time. Use a microfiber cloth to hand wash and polish your ride without fear of scratching it.
-Wash rims. To banish brake dust, look for a wheel cleaner specifically tailored to your type of rims: steel or aluminium. Don’t use an all-purpose cleaner as it could degrade the metal. Like paint, rims are prone to scratching, so clean with a soft-bristled wheel brush.
-Scrub the tyres. Unlike the rims, it’s safe to use an all-purpose cleaner to tidy up treads and rubber.
-Wax on, wax off. Think of wax as sunscreen for your car: It prevents UV rays from fading paint and provides an extra layer of protection from things that land on it. Working in small sections, spray wax on surface, wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth and polish to a shiny finish. A good wax should typically last about six months.
STEP 3: TIME TO SELL
-Visit our website, www.youdrivewesell.co.za and fill in a quick online form with your car details.
-Receive a call-back from one of our representatives to schedule a viewing of your car.
-One of our car-buyers will evaluate your car and you’ll receive an payment on-site.
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