Many people rush into selling their car or trading their car before taking the time to really make sure that they do it right and get the most money out of the transaction. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when selling or trading your car.Before you put your car up for sale:* Be sure to do some research first. Prospective buyers may try to give you less money for your car than it is actually worth. This happens all the time, I know I used to drive around looking for bargains!* Know your car’s value, which is the standard market price you can expect it to be worth if you sold it privately. This is commonly called the blue book value. To find your car’s blue book value, you can buy a blue book for used vehicles at most bookstores or visit http://www.kbb.com.* Have your car detailed and make sure any major mechanical problems have been repaired. Prospective buyers will be willing to pay more for cars that are in better condition.* Have your records in order. This shows prospective buyers that you have taken care of your car and are prepared.* Be ready to negotiate. Most buyers will start out with a low offer on principle. If they see that you have done your homework and are knowledgeable about your car, however, they may be willing to raise their offer.Before you trade your car in for a newer vehicle:* Be sure to do some research first. The dealership may try to give you less money for your car than it is actually worth.* Know your car’s value, which is the standard market price you can expect it to be worth. This is commonly called the blue book value. To find your car’s blue book value, you can buy a blue book for used vehicles at most bookstores or visit http://www.kbb.com.* Have your car detailed and make sure any major mechanical problems have been repaired. Dealers will be willing to offer more for cars that are in better condition.* Have your records in order. This shows the dealer that you have taken care of your car and are prepared.* Be ready to negotiate. Most dealers will start out with a low offer on principle. If they see that you have done your homework and are knowledgeable about your car, however, they may be willing to raise their offer.
Starting in business for yourself can be a very daunting proposition and in today’s credit crunch climate, every new car cleaning operation needs all the free help and advice they can take, to keep their business growing profitably during the first three to six crucial months.You can pre-determine the success and profitability of your new car wash, valeting, detailing or specialist detailing business by working through our simple guides and making professional and not emotional decisions when deciding how, where and when to get started.This article looks at how you can evaluate the opportunity.Remember – Always Do Your Research Thoroughly – Before You Start!Whether you have even taken the brave decision to leave your current employment, follow your dream and go it alone or interested in the car care industry because of redundancy or lack of other work opportunities, the key to any successful start up car wash operation is to do your research first.Make sure that there is a demand for the type of car cleaning business you hope to operate in your area you want to work in, before you start creating long drawn out business plans, buying chemicals and equipment or having leaflets printed.One of the most important aspects is to determine if you are entering a specific market segment that has room to grow, or is already over-supplied within your area.To understand the status of each specific market segment, you need to determine who your main competitors are, estimate their current volume of business, and establish the percentage of market that is already taken (and why).Only then will you arrive at what the market potential is for your new business that exists today.The role of continued market growth has to be seriously considered as well – as it’s very easy to have too many suppliers and too few customers.First take a trip to a number of local automated, jet wash or hand car wash and valeting centres to see how their operation works and determine each businesses benefits and customer base.Spend some time at each operation and take make notes on the volume and type of cars that are cleaned and the services they are offered. Even if you are thinking of opening a mobile car valeting business, this gives a good indication of how people treat their cars (often through lack of choice) and how you can improve on the service they are currently receiving.During your assessment you might discover that most of the businesses have no redeemable benefits and no value added proposition, but rather they are “just another car cleaning business.” This gives you an opportunity to do it bigger and better, with more care and customer service!By using an online service such as a mobile car cleaning company your compiled information and search, within a 5-mile radius of where you’d like to focus your business, to see who else is competing in your car cleaning sector.At the click of a button you can find out details of all car wash openings and other news results and information for any given area in the country. Although these are not specific and exact figures, they still can be very helpful in making rough estimates of the opportunity in your area and how these businesses have faired since opening (i.e. are they still trading – if not why not?).You can check at any given time whether other car wash operators have applied for planning permission to open a site within the area. If they have already deemed the area has “significant market potential” this means that you can piggyback on their research and take advantage of their belief in operating a profitable business there.By using all the data available, you can estimate the percentage of the market that is being served by the existing car washes and specifically for the type of car wash business you are considering. When you’ve arrived at that number, you will then know what portion of the market is truly non-competitive.If that number alone gives you the volume you’re projecting for your business, then your analysis is finished. However, if that number does not give you the volume you want, to make the returns that you need, there is more research work to be done and decisions to be made on the realistic potential of the business.
Car detailing and washing is something that you need to do based on personal preference. If you can tolerate a dirty car, then it should not bother you. However, if you prefer a beautiful-looking vehicle, then mobile car valeting and detailing the car is something you need to consider.A lot of people prefer to handle car detailing on their own. While it is true that such a task doesn’t necessarily need to take a lot of effort, it is still a good idea to be as thorough as possible. The main thing to remember is that you need the right tools for the job and that using specific detailing solutions can make the job easier. You also need the time, as this is not some task you can conclude in 5 minutes or so. Free your schedule for a few hours in case you want a basic car detailing job done and more than four hours if you are after high-quality detailing. Follow these guidelines for best results:Address all the hard to reach places – starting from the interior first. You must first take on the dust that is stuck in all the tiny crevices of your car interior. What helps in that regard is compressed air in a can. Protect your face with a mask, because there will be dust particles flying all around.Clean the headliner – normally you can expect the headliner to be glued to the roof, which makes it somewhat difficult to clean. The fact that you shouldn’t wet the fabric only makes things that more difficult. What you need is a microfiber cloth and an upholstery cleaning solution for suede or velour. First, brush the headliner with a dry cloth and then clean a second time after applying the cleaner on the cloth.Cleaning windows, plastic and vinyl – all-purpose cleaner works wonder on cleaning the interior of your car. Simply spray some to dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe. As for windows, dry with the appropriate window cleaner and paper towels. Always wipe the glass with a towel after that to avoid leaving streaks.Scrub the seats – cleaning the seats with specially designed cleaners is important. Foaming products work well on dirty fabrics. Be sure to check out manufacturers’ instructions. One tool that will greatly help you is an upholstery brush. Treat leather upholstery with leather conditioner and never use the same product on vinyl seats.Take care of mats – mats should always be cleaned outside of the car because it is easier and allows for more efficient work. Wash fabric and rubber mats and inspect for wear and tear – if the mats are too used, you may want to replace them. Never apply wet dressing on rubber mats.Move on to the exterior next – clean the grease on doorjambs with a dry towel first and then rinse with soapy water. Finish off with small brushes and wax the doorjambs. Clean the exterior with a rag, but remember to wash it frequently to avoid rubbing any dirt and dust back.Following these tips will get your car detailed quite well, almost as good as a professional mobile car valeting expert’s work. Just invest the time and acquire the right and you will do fine.