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Boost your car’s value with some of these easy fixes

by Grace Sundram

Over the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in May, third-party vehicle marketplace Motorist charted an increase in used car sales, as Malaysians likely looked to ease their financial burden by selling their cars during this period of economic downturn. Based on recent internal statistics, Motorist managed to secure car sales in as quickly as 10 minutes of being posted on their platform. Furthermore, the brand also saw cars sold for as high as RM255,000, with the most sold vehicle being the 1.3L Perodua MyVi EZi (Auto).

Selling your car can be a long and cumbersome process especially due to the vast amount of paperwork needed and the time it takes to source for second-hand car dealers or buyers. Furthermore, finding a buyer that is able to meet the value you’ve listed for your vehicle can be challenging as well, ultimately prolonging the sale process.

Motorist eliminates these hassles by first offering free car valuations, enabling users of the platform to accurately assess the value of their vehicle should they ultimately decide to sell their car. To ensure that the user gets the highest value for their car, it would typically take hundreds and thousands of ringgit to touch it up at a workshop. But did you know that there are a few easy ways that you can boost your car’s sale value all by yourself?

Here are some easy fixes you can apply to increase the value of your vehicle:

Clear Up Foggy Headlights with Toothpaste


One of the most common issues older cars face is foggy or yellowed headlights. This cheapens the look of a car which can significantly lower its sale value. Luckily, an easy fix would be to apply toothpaste to a cloth and gently wipe your headlights until they gradually clear up. This will not only restore the initial range of the headlights at night but also offer your car a refreshed look to make the right first impression to potential buyers.

Get Rid of Dents with Hot Water and a Plunger


Other than that, dents can also severely damage your chances of getting a good price that you would prefer to settle on before parting ways with your car. For smaller dents on car bumpers, boiling hot water can be used to soften the material, allowing for more flexibility, making it easier to reshape for a short period of time. As for medium-sized dents, using a plunger can also prove to be effective. All you have to do is splash water on the affected surface and the plunger and proceed to push and pull until the dent disappears.

Deodorize Your Car with White Vinegar


An unpleasant car odour will also deter someone from purchasing your car and therefore reduce its sale value. One of the fixes for this would be placing two bowls of white vinegar, one at the dashboard and another in the back seat. Next, leave them overnight and proceed to air out the smell of vinegar by winding down your windows for a few hours, and expect your car to have any pungent smells removed.

Remove Stains with Baking Soda


Spills on car seats cause stains which can make for an unpleasant sight to a potential buyer. One simple way to easily get rid of these is with a baking soda solution. First, mix a quarter cup of baking soda with a cup of warm water, then use a light layer of the solution and a toothbrush to scrub away the stain. If the stain is difficult, let the solution sit for around 30 minutes. This will result in a much more appealing interior through an inexpensive solution.

Clean Up Your Carpets with A DIY Solution


Over the years, an accumulation of crumbs and dirt can easily cause carpets to wear faster, adversely affecting the value of your car as a whole. Instead of throwing out your old carpets and having to get a totally new set, it would be more cost-effective to whip up a simple solution with cheap household items such as soap, baking soda and boiling water. Mixed together, these substances create a strong cleaning agent which can then be used to brush carpets, making them much cleaner and easy on the eye.

Motorist Findings Visual

Now, you are left with a much fresher and cleaner look to your vehicle, boosting its sale value while saving you from a costly trip to the workshop. With your car now at its peak value, Motorist looks to help sell your car in just three simple steps. To start, users will only have to provide their details such as name, phone number and car plate number on Motorist.my. Next, Motorist will proceed to source for the highest quote on their network of dealers, ensuring users get the best deal possible. Finally, a representative will contact the seller within 24 hours to confirm that a buyer has been found.

Pictures by Erik Mclean, Family Handyman, Review Geek, It Stil Runs, Shohag & Web2Carz

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