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The Top 5 Things That Affect Your Car’s Resale Value

The Top 5 Things That Affect Your Car’s Resale Value

Many of our customers are often surprised to find out what they get offered for their vehicles. Whether they are selling it through a private party or trading it in at a dealership. There are specific things like the time of year, the vehicle’s mileage, physical appearance, and other things that will automatically affect the overall value. Several factors can affect a car’s resale value that may be out of your control like a car’s paint color to the natural depreciation over the vehicle’s lifetime.

In this post, we will try our best to explain the used automobile market. We provide the top things that affect your car’s resale value. By making some adjustments and getting your vehicle to the correct shop, you will be able to earn the maximum money when selling or trading in your car, truck, van, or SUV.

Top 5 things that affect your car’s resale value

1. A Cracked Windshield

Nobody wants to buy a car they’ll sell. However, a broken windshield is unsightly. Broken windshields make cars look neglected. Some states offer windshield replacement without a deductible, making it affordable.

Some windshields cost extra due to features like rain sensors and integrated antennae, but shopping around or having the correct connection might save you money. Buyers will also want to remove an exaggerated amount to replace it themselves.

2. Faded Headlights or Burnt Out Light Bulbs

Driving a car with broken headlights, signal lights, and brake lights is dangerous. Any of these flaws might cause an accident or a diving penalty. Nobody wants to buy an old automobile that needs quick repairs.

Fixing broken lenses or burned bulbs in your car’s lights before selling them is worth the time and money. Whether a car has LED or HID lights, replacing lenses and bulbs is easy, and can save money by using old or aftermarket components.

A dull haze or yellowish tint on your headlights requires maintenance. Restoration is cheaper than replacing the headlight assembly, which might be expensive. Coaterz can fix any of the above, including headlight repair.

3. Interior Odors

Many people get insensitive to certain aromas, such as personal hygiene, perfumes or colognes, pets, food, smoking, or vaping. Others may smell them a mile away and be allergic to the stench.

Before selling your automobile, undergo interior detailing to make it smell natural. Odors may permeate textiles, leather, cup holders, and windshields.

Odors might depreciate your automobile and turn off buyers. The new owner will be safe since a professional detail will clean the inside to eliminate germs and viruses. So, we recommend getting an inside detail when you acquire a car.

4. Missing or Mismatched Components

Missing buttons, knobs, spare tires, etc. are the clearest signs of automotive abuse. Even if we don’t think it’s a big problem, not spending the time and money to make sure the original parts are there can cost us hundreds of dollars. Most components are available online, in car parts stores, or at scrap yards. Simple $10 parts may make all the difference.

Because we replaced parts in an emergency, a vehicle may have mismatched parts. When reselling a car, mismatched tires might hurt its value. Having the wrong-colored pieces may also make a car seem bad. Most components are affordable at Coaterz, and our professionals may install them for an additional fee.

5. Car Scratches and Bumper Stickers

Some people like great bumper stickers, while others don’t. Although we understand this, we recognize that a long-term automobile sticker is hard to remove. Professional detailing shops have the equipment, solvents, and ways to remove almost any sticker without damaging the paint.

Undetailed autos can develop minor scratches and swirl marks that become more noticeable with time. Light scratches can degrade and haze a car’s paint, lowering its resale value. Paint correction restores sheen and luster to even the oldest automobile. A skilled machine polisher removes a razor-thin clear coat to flatten paint during paint correction. This procedure removes 30-90% of scratches, depending on degree.


If you are thinking about selling or trading in your vehicle and you want to get as much money as possible, then you might want to consider taking care of the above recommendations. If you need help figuring out what your car requires to increase its value, then contact us today for a free evaluation. Depending on what your car needs, we can schedule a time to take care of any issues. This will give us time to get any parts if need be. 

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