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Fixing scratches prior to selling- worth it?

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by Stuart Wright, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. Stuart Wright

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    Hi folks,
    we're looking to sell our BMW 3 series in order to buy an estate. The BMW has a few scratches here and there and scuffs on the bumpers, mirrors etc. typical of a car its age (8 ish years - don't know right now as I don't have the paperwork handy).
    Some of the scratches are a bit deep and wide and too much for T-cut.
    How much ball park does it cost to get scratches fixed ? e.g. 4 cm long and 1 mm wide at the widest? And is it generally worth it?
    The car had a reconditioned engine in it a couple of years ago, so it's probably worth a bit more than book.
    TIA.
     
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    It isn't worth it if you are part exchanging the car as the dealer will be able to get it done cheaper anyway.

    To fix something that deep will normally mean a panel respray as you can't touch in a scratch that deep. I had a similar scratch on the bonnet of my car and it cost me about £60 to have it (plus a couple of minor scratches) touched in. It looks much better than it did but you can still see that it is a deep scratch that's been touched in.
     
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    Here is a short article on fixing scratches http://www.bettercarcare.com/articles.php?articleId=27

    In general terms it is always worth cleaning a car even if it for a trade in. A clean car is easier to sell and people generally accept that a old car would have some damage. If you know roughly when your going to sell the car I would highly recommend getting a glaze followed by a wax, which hides a lot of the minor marks and ensure everything else in the car is spotless. Spend a day cleaning everything and you will make more money.

    You do not need to spend a lot of money, for example buy some Woollite and this can be used to clean everything in the interior apart from glass. Clean everything (carpets seats, vinyl) with the Woollite and use a dress the plastic with something like Autoglym or Armorall - after a minute wipe down with a MF towel. Glass can be cleaned with a 2:1 (water:vinegar) and some MF towels (Tesco - own brand for about £0.99 each), dont buy the expensive 3M or Valida stuff - it is useless.

    Article on interior cleaning http://www.bettercarcare.com/articles.php?articleId=11 dont worry about the different brand names, the technique and procedure is much more important.

    Dont forget the engine bay and boot.
     
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    There are a number companies that specialise in removing small scale dents and scratches. Friend of mine had a car 'fixed' that way. They come out to you and fix the dents on the spot.

    Do a search on 'Chips Away' and 'Dentmaster' (I think that's what they are called). getting the car spruced up cheaply can add substantially to the price you can ask for it. Also try doing a search on 'smart repairs'

    Alloy wheels can also be fixed for around £25-£40 (each). I had a couple done on my Alfa 156 before sending it back to the leasing company, who expect everything back in mint condition.
     
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    a friend of ours does this, for example for a door they jam a metal rod down inside, put a couple of rubber clamps around the dent/light scratch and ease it out, looks perfect after. very clever and fun to watch!
     
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    I general rule of thumb is that if you cannot feel the scratches with you nail they can be polished out, if you can feel them they will need to be retouched.

    What colour is the BMW
     
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    It's dark blue. You can most definately feel some of the scratches. No dents, just scratches.
     
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    If you feel confident to fix the scratches yourself then give it a go otherwise get some quotes from Chips away etc.

    I would highly recommend a glaze for the rest of the paint which would hide some of the minor marks in the paint for a short period. A heavy glaze such as One Grand Glaze & Blitz Wax http://www.frost.co.uk/productList.asp?catID=62 will hide most things for about a week or two. Alternatively there is Clearkote Vanilla Moose and Poorboys EX-P http://www.seriousperformance.co.uk/sp/products/polish_wax.php. These will last longer and are very very easy to use. All of these will give a very deep reflective shine to your car for under £30. ClearKote's VM can be used to clean almost all exterior parts from the paint to glass.
     
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    Are you trading it in or selling privately? We traded in an old Citroen at a Ford dealer after spending all day cleaning and polishing it and making sure it was spotless and they didn't even come out and look at it, in fact they didn't even check it was on their forecourt :eek:

    On a private sale it might be worth it, but if someone's going to knock say £50 off your asking price is it worth the hassle?. On the other hand if you lose the sale over it then it's worth doing.
     

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