It has been a Slow Month so lets get Gutter Cleaning

Well, car enthusiasts it has been a slow month. I hope you have all had a good Christmas. I did, in fact I still feel bloated now. I have avoid buying and selling cars for a while, hence the low post counts recently.

Instead I have been focusing my attentions on a bit of DIY. Firstly my gutters were a right mess. I borrowed a ladder from my neighbour (thanks Chris) and got up there to try and fix it.

Not a good idea! I was completely unprepared and it was just plain unsafe. So I asked around for a good company that does gutter cleaning in Altrincham. I soon got a couple of recommendations and chose a company that charged me a fair price and did a great job. They also do roof cleaning to a high standard too.

I kept Chris's ladder and went up to inspect the work afterwards and it was perfect. There really is no point in trying this sort of thing on your own.

dirty gutter

spotless gutter

Anyway gutter cleaning was about the most exciting thing that happened this month before Christmas. My new year resolution is to get back into buying and selling cars.

I got a nice pair of gloves for a Christmas present from Julie (the wife) which should make tinkering with a used car more comfortable. Lets face it the weather in January and February is damn cold so I am hoping these gloves are thin enough to allow me to get some work done, but also warm enough. We shall see.

Anyway my next project will be getting the driveway cleaned, might pop to the hardware store and see what they have, but knowing me I will probably just order a pressure washer of Amazon.

Preparing your car to sell

Selling a car sounds simple doesn't it? But there are some things you need to keep in mind, such as how to get the best price, the rules and regulations and negotiating. These tips may help you to sell your car quicker and for a higher price.

1. Clean the vehicle Really Well
Sounds obvious doesn't it, but many people just give their vehicle a quick once over. When I used to work at a Lancashire used cars dealer we always thought more of cars which came in to us in pristine condition. It is not just the fact that the car is clean and therefore less work for us. A really clean car is an indication of how well the vehicle has been looked after.

When we saw a car that had crumbs in the seats it was a red light that the person didn't care too much and there could be stains or hidden problems. It also made us question whether the owner was the sort of person that neglected other things like checking the oil and regular servicing.

So my advice is to spend a good 2 hours doing the best job you can, or even hire a valeting company to do a professional job. The buyer will then think you have cherished the vehicle and of course it will look more impressive too. Use wheel shines to make the alloys sparkle and the tyres look like new.

2. Get all the paperwork ready and organised
Most people just grab the log book and any other bits they have randomly kept. You should read through every bit of paperwork including receipts. This way you can show the potential buyer and explain everything. When they see that you can pick out a certain receipt at will, it will show you have been on the ball. Again this makes it look like you have really looked after the car.

If you are clumsily rustling through papers which are creased, it makes it appear that you don't care and may of cut corners. Appearance is everything so get a plastic folder and have everything in some sort of order. Little details like this will install trust in the buyer. People want to buy cars off women drivers as they are seen as people who have not gone overboard with the engine. The same concept applies here. Being organised and neat makes it look like you care.

Make sure you know the rules about paperwork too. See the government website on pages like this for the guidelines. A dealers will help with this but it is essential to know the requirements for private sales.

3. Do your homework and have figures in mind
Read the Parkers guidebook or use their website to discover what your vehicle is worth. You can expect different prices depending on who you sell to. A private sale will get you the highest price, selling to a dealer will get you a lower price as they then need to make a profit on the vehicle. Be aware of the differences and set yourself target figures and minimum amounts you would accept.

When selling you want to be clear about what you want and what you will accept. If you sound indecisive it will encourage the buyer to try and drive down the price. So stick to your guns. Many used car buyers will haggle just for the sake of it. They have tricks to push the price down as low as possible. It is a feeling out process but having clear guidelines in your head will help you stay strong when negotiating.

You can also do a bit of scouting for current prices of similar vehicles. Sometimes the guidebooks shouldn't be trusted. For example certain models and makes are more sought after. If there is a shortage of your model in your area, it may be possible to ask for a higher price. If you are not in a rush to sell, take your time and gradually reduce your asking price over time.

Sell Your Car Quickly at the Sell My Car Shop

A car owner knows how hard it can be to get rid of a car that is no longer functioning properly. He may choose to trade it in to a dealer, or he may decide to sell it through private channels. When someone wants to sell his car, he needs to have the title. He will also need to decide if he is going to keep the plates he has or get new ones. He may choose to have the person buying the car transfer the plates. If he has a vanity plate, he will probably decide to keep the plate and transfer it to his next vehicle.

When you decide to sell your car through a private deal, you need to make all the arrangements with the newspapers, the online sites, and any place else you want to advertise your car. The owner may also choose to put up the venerable for sale sign in the car window. The for sale sign is the least effective method, but it does occasionally attract the attention of passersby.

The process of selling a car is a patience game. An individual should not be in a hurry to get rid of it. He can wait for the buyer who is willing to pay the right price to come to him. He should arrange for some wiggle room. People expect to haggle over the price of cars. A seller should include a little wiggle room in the price. The seller should ask for a little more than he wants for the car. If he is selling the car incredibly cheaply, he may not wish to negotiate.

A key factor in the selling of a used car is persistence. Most people know that the first person who looks at the car will not want to buy it. There are exceptions to this rule. A person may even have to take out several ads in his local newspaper before he finally gets a sale. His persistence will pay off eventually. If he does not get a sale, he may have to lower his asking price. There are times when a person simply asks too much for a used vehicle. The price for a used vehicle depends on the shape and the age, its condition, and its overall quality. The Kelly Blue Book can give the seller an idea of the price he should charge for his used vehicle.