Properly cleaning your car before sale can add thousands of Rupees to its value. That doesn't mean just driving it through a car wash - you need to pay more attention to detail. That could mean paying Rs.500-2000 to have it professionally valeted, or you could do it yourself.

If you decide to do the work, buy some decent car shampoo and a decent polish. See this as an investment; Rs.2000 spent on the right products, plus a bit of hard work, could see your car's value increase by thousands.

Hose the car down then with the bodywork already wet, hand wash the panels using a sponge and some soapy water. Don't use washing up liquid as it smears and don't hose down the engine bay as you might damage the electrical systems. Once you've cleaned the outer panels focus on:

The wheels
The wheel arches
The door shuts

Once you've washed everything, leather down the bodywork and glass, to get rid of any drying out marks. While the car dries out, turn your attention to the interior.

Vacuum the carpets and seats
Empty the ash trays
Remove any rubbish in the boot and glove box

Wipe over the dashboard and trim panels with a damp cloth and if the headlining or seats are dirty, clean them with a mixture of upholstery cleaner and warm water. While the interior dries out, you can then finish off by applying a coat of polish to the bodywork, which will help to keep your car clean for a few weeks.

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