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Visually Inspect the Exterior

Next, visually inspect the exterior. Is the car dirty? Wet your finger and run it along the side of the car. If you’re able to wipe off dirt with a single pass or a more vigorous scrub, the vehicle will likely look a lot better once it’s washed. Dirty isn’t necessarily bad – and it may scare off less savvy auction buyers. Thoroughly inspect for more serious imperfections: deep scratches, dings, dents, and rust (which usually appears along the wheel wells unless the car is in an advanced state of disrepair). Depending on the car’s resale value and your ideal buyer, you may need to invest substantial sums to repair these issues before you sell.