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Five Ways to Make the Most Money When Selling Your Vehicle

When it comes to selling your vehicle, cleaning and care shouldn’t take a back seat.

It can be tempting to list your car on the market as soon as you’re ready to move on, but sellers should consider how much money they could be losing by neglecting to detail, repair, and maintain their used vehicles.

Take a look at these five ways you can increase the value of your car and make the most money when selling your vehicle.


1. Exterior Detailing

Man detailing the exterior of a car.

A shiny car looks like a new car, and a quick trip through the car wash won’t get the fresh, clean look you need. Ensuring that your car’s exterior is detailed will make a great impression and help you get the most money out of your sale.

Bird droppings, bugs, UV rays, and general use can fade and tarnish your vehicle’s paint over time, as well as damage your headlights—creating a cloudy effect on the surface. Rain and snow can also cause rust stains on your rims and vehicle body. An exterior detail—which includes washing, drying, waxing, polishing, and wheel and tire care—will help erase these signs of wear and tear and increase your vehicle’s resale value.

Car dealerships all around the country invest in auto detailing services to increase auto resale value. Why not try it for your own sale?


2. Interior Detailing

Man detailing the interior of a car.

While it might be tempting to just quickly run a vacuum over your upholstery and carpet, it’s often not enough. Professional detailers know the specific types of cleaners to use on your car and how to find the mess in all of the nooks and crannies most car owners would miss.

Potential buyers will notice even seemingly small messes immediately—crumbs in the back seat, the spilled beverage that you never really got out of the carpet, and the dirt, dust, and grime that made its way into the vents and cup holders. An interior detail will help make your seats, carpet, trunk, engine, dash, and console shine and smell clean—helping buyers justify spending a little extra money on a “new” car.


3. Mechanical Maintenance

Man fixing the underside of a car.

Just because you’ve tuned out the clunky sounds coming from your engine doesn’t mean your potential buyer will be so forgiving. Even simple fixes such as replacing a fuse or topping off fluids can make a huge difference when it comes time to sell your vehicle.

You’ll want to address bigger issues your car is facing too. Whether it’s repairing a part in the engine or fixing your transmission, neglecting to make these repairs puts you in danger of having to sell your car “as is.” Repairing the larger problems with your car will allow you to sell it for the full price it’s worth.


4. Provide Service Records, Manuals, and Handbooks

Man servicing the engine of his vehicle.

You’ll want to eliminate any doubt in the buyer’s mind about the condition of your car by sharing service records with them from the duration of your ownership. These records should include regular detailing services and routine maintenance performed on the car. It can be a relief to them knowing that they’re purchasing a pre-owned vehicle that was well-taken care of and maintained.

Another huge bonus for buyers is to have the manuals and handbooks ready and available in the car in case a need arises. Resist the temptation to throw them away since retaining important guides can increase your buyer’s chances of purchasing your vehicle.


5. Preventative Care

Man cleaning a car’s wheel well.

One of the best things you can do to prepare to sell your vehicle is to regularly maintain it during your ownership. Common wear and tear can add up to serious auto damage if left alone. Neglecting to consistently service your vehicle for oil changes and regular tune-ups can also decrease the value of your vehicle long-term.

Regular auto detailing is also crucial in maintaining the value of your vehicle. While one-time details will help increase your vehicle’s resale value, one of the best things you can do to make the most money when selling your vehicle is maintain its exterior and interior while you’re still driving it. Getting your car detailed regularly is an investment for the future and an added perk that the buyer will enjoy when it comes time to sell your vehicle.



Protecting and maintaining the interior and exterior of your car can only improve resale value and will leave your buyers happy to purchase a well-maintained, pre-owned vehicle. With regular maintenance and detailing, an old car can look and perform like new and ensure you get the most money when selling your vehicle.

Ready for your vehicle to look like new?

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That's why, at Premier, you’ll get more than just exceptional service for your car.

You’ll drive away happy knowing you’re also valued and a huge part of supporting and celebrating others.

If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.


Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Full Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Surface Scratches

UV Protection


No-Bond Surface


Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.