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4 Tips for Cleaning a Car Before Reselling It with a Dealership

Updated on December 25, 2017

With new cars coming out every season, it’s not a surprise that many car owners return their used vehicles in favor of signing a lease for a new model and make. Most dealerships will usually assess the value of the vehicle through its returned condition. If the vehicle is leased, some dealerships may even charge a cleaning fee to restore the vehicle back to its original condition.

To get the most value out of a used vehicle, it’s usually best to clean it before bringing it back to the dealership. This article looks at 4 tips that will get the used vehicles looking and smelling like new in no time.

Vacuum the Crevices and Clean the Floor Mats

Before bringing a used vehicle back into a dealership, take some time to vacuum the crevices and to clean the floor mats. This usually won’t take long at all. A strong vacuum will suck up a decent amount of particulates. Those who don’t have a vacuum at home can usually find one at a gas station nearby.

Get Rid of as All Clutter and Junk

Surprisingly, some people roll up to the ealership with junk still in their old car. The dealership will usually charge a cleaning fee in these situations. Before bringing in a used car to the dealership, clean it out. This involves throwing away any waste that might still be left in the car, and removing personal items. Make sure that the car is empty when it rolls back onto the lot.

Place a Bag of Activated Charcoal in the Car to Get Rid of Smells

Another interesting idea that is highly recommended by many car owners is to leave a bag of activated charcoal in the car for a week or two before bringing it back to the dealership. The bag of activated charcoal will absorb excess moisture within the car and unwanted odors. This ensures that the car will smell like new once again. At the very least, it’ll get rid of any odors that have been clinging onto the upholstery.

Clean the Leather Seats

The last thing to do is to give the interiors a quick wipe down. This includes the leather seats. Use a wet wipe to remove stains and sticky residue. The wet wipes will also sanitize the seats. A quick cleaning will usually be more than enough.

Make sure that the vehicle is in ideal condition before bringing it back to the dealership. If the car looks like it’s still new, it’ll fetch a much higher price at the dealership and will have a larger resale value.


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