Dye Autos Denver Area Truck and Automotive Blog
Whether you’re trading in your car on a new car (or a new-to-you car) or selling directly to a dealer without buying another car, the condition your vehicle is in determines its trade in value. Getting a fair price for your old set of wheels is important, but it’s not so obvious how much work you should actually put in.
The first step in this process is getting your car prepped and ready before you set foot in a dealership to make a trade. One of the most popular questions we get from our customers when they’re trading in is, “Should I detail my vehicle before I trade in?”
The quick answer is yes, but there’s more to it.
We all want to make a good first impression, and trading in a car is no different. You want to give the impression of a well-maintained vehicle…and that means thoroughly cleaning your vehicle inside and out.
It will be hard to convince a dealer that your car has been well maintained if it looks dirty and neglected.
Steps to detail your car before you trade in
- Wash the exterior. You can pay a professional or do it yourself. If you’re washing it yourself, make sure to use a high quality product and not dish soap, laundry soap or any other household cleaners.
- Wax your car. It will add an appealing shine and that presents well.
- Clean the interior.
- Climb inside and get rid of those empty fast-food bags (or sneaky french fries that may have slipped between the seats). Get rid of all the empty water bottles, gum wrappers and other trash. Clear out any personal items or papers that may have accumulated over the years. The only paperwork you should have in the vehicle is an organized pile of maintenance records stored neatly in the glove box.
- Clean all the interior surfaces with a quality vehicle interior cleaning product. It usually smells good and the nice scent lingers on until you bring the car to the dealership.
Pro Tip: Take your car to a professional detailer. Depending on how dirty or grimy your car is, this could be a requirement. They’ll wash and wax the exterior with top quality products. They will shampoo the carpets, clean the glass inside and out, use ionizers and neutralizers to eliminate any foul odors, get inside the door jams, extract those stubborn crumbs and use special tools to reach the difficult nooks and crannies.
As you start planning your car detail process, the next logical question that will come up is, “What about repairs?”
Fix small repairs yourself.
- Check all the lights: headlights, interior dome lights, and trunk lights and replace them if needed.
- Check all fluid levels (oil, washer fluid, coolant, brake, radiator, and transmission fluid) and top them off if needed.
- Fix small scratches and dings. If you’re happy to do this yourself, go for it. If not, there are people who will come out to your job site or office and do it for you.
- Make sure wiper blades are in good condition.
- If there’s a crack in your windshield, don’t ignore it. Your insurance company may replace the windshield for free, but even if it’s not covered by insurance, replacing the windshield will give the impression of a well-maintained vehicle.
Leave significant repairs to the dealer.
If your car needs more serious work, leave that for the dealer. Any major issues will lower the value of your trade-in, but the dealer can perform the repairs for less than it would cost you.
Don’t waste your money on significant repairs. The dealership is in the business of fixing cars for resale, so leave the heavy lifting for them. Bigger-ticket items like a broken air conditioner or worn-out tires often aren’t worth your investment, but taking the time to clean inside and out, replace some bulbs, and refill some fluids will help you get the most money for your trade-in.
Bonus Tip: Pack all your trade-in’s accessories.
Trading in your car means you are trading in everything that goes along with it. Make sure the original owner’s manual and any extra keys are in the vehicle when you arrive at the dealership. Dealers like used cars that still have all the accessories and may even give you a better deal on your trade when everything is there.Read More
A pickup truck is a great thing to have. It’s convenient for home improvement projects and “Honey Do’s.” It’s your sidekick when you go camping. It’s a super comfortable way to transport the family for short trips or long distances. But have you thought about the ways you can make extra money with your pickup truck?
Pickups are the BEST vehicles to own for a side hustle or a small business.
From hauling to delivering, a pickup truck is a versatile piece of equipment that’s got plenty of business opportunities…if you just get a little creative.
Many people are already paying for a pickup truck and even though dealers like us at Dye Autos have lots of affordable pickups, it’s still a monthly expense. But using the following money-making ideas, your pickup can pay for itself – plus some!
You can even turn some of these into a lucrative side hustle or small business for part or full-time income.
1. Get paid to haul stuff away.
Lots of businesses need you to get rid of stuff they don’t need!
Old inventory, broken furniture, dingy office file cabinets, outdated electronics, or even just trash could provide the perfect opportunity for you to make some money.
Pick up what the businesses don’t need and take it to the local recycling center for a fee.
People in your neighborhood also need you, especially if they’re in the process of remodeling their home or going through their storage areas to prepare for a yard sale.
2. Local business deliveries.
Small local businesses could use your help to deliver their products locally. Think flower delivery or mattress delivery. Maybe there are some antique shops in town that can benefit from a person with a pickup who can deliver some larger items to customers?
Or, maybe a pool store could use an extra delivery person to bring materials to a residence.
Check with local businesses and let them know what you can do to help.
3. Wrap your pickup truck.
Make extra money with your pickup truck by using it to advertise a product or service. Using your vehicle as a moving billboard helps to bring exposure to the product, brand, or service advertised.
Check out the many vehicle advertisement companies that pay you handsomely to advertise on your truck. Some of them can even pay you more just to drive your truck to specified high traffic area.
There are many companies that pay pickup truck owners to advertise or promote products or brands. Some contracts with these companies run for 3 to 6 months. One of them is Carvertise and you can check them out here.
4. Haul building supplies.
If you’ve ever visited a building site, there are tons (literally) of materials there. Small construction companies might want to pay for your private delivery services instead of using a large company that may charge more.
You can bring large materials to and from residential and commercial construction zones.
You might consider being available for the cleanup process when it’s time to bring leftover materials to the recycling or trash center.
Now it’s worth noting that there are already lots of businesses that offer this service, but the service only exists because there is a demand for it.
5. Garage sale deliveries.
This is one of the more interesting ways to make extra money with your pickup truck…and it’s a great way to build a client base!
- Be on the lookout for garage sales in your area. This could be signs around town, the nextdoor app, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
- Let people know that you will handle their deliveries for them.
- Print a flier or business cards and bring them with you on the day of the garage sale.
- The host can tell their customers about your service when they purchase.
Your service will allow the host to sell more items than they would have because people are more apt to buy when they don’t have to worry about hauling it.
It’s a pretty convenient service to offer. Customers can arrive and do their shopping regardless of their mode of transportation.
6. Offer landscaping services.
As most of us agree, yard work can be time consuming and not always fun.
You can use pickup truck to accomplish basic jobs to regular yard maintenance work like mowing, weeding, pruning, mulching, etc. You might even start a small landscaping service.
Either way, your pickup truck can definitely come in handy for transporting flowers, dirt, rocks, and other landscaping materials.
This type of service can work year-round, like hauling bags of leaves in the fall or plowing snow in the winter!
And speaking of snow….
7. Snow plowing services.
Residents and businesses in the Denver/Wheat Ridge area need you.
This would actually be a truck-based business because it would require an investment in a snow plow attachment for your truck. It could cost one or two thousand dollars, but that’s not too crazy if you are planning on several winter’s worth of snow plowing.
Get the word out by going through the suburbs door-to-door with your services, put up an advertisement at the local gas station or Craigslist, and even use social media share pictures of your work.
8. Large appliance repair pickup and delivery.
Large appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines, sometimes need to be sent off for repair.
But the average person doesn’t have a vehicle large enough to hold them, which means they’ll have to pay extra for transportation.
Here’s where you come in with your truck to save the day!
You can also check with local rental centers and stores that sell appliances to see if they might need a backup delivery person for busy days.
9. Find pickup truck jobs on Shipperoo
Shipperoo is a website where you can apply to make your pickup truck work for you.
You are connected to businesses or individuals who need your truck to move, transport, or haul their equipment, goods, or products from one place to another.
Shipperoo matches you with shippers. Click here to check out Shipperoo
10. Join TaskRabbit to offer delivery services.
The Sharing Economy is upon us so why not leverage it to make extra money with your pickup truck?
Start ‘tasking’ and earn money your way. You’ll be someone’s hero and earn money by helping people.
- The App notifies of potential jobs nearby
- Select the one you want to complete
- Confirm details with your client
- Complete the work and submit your invoice
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for an affordable pickup truck, give us a call at (303) 286-1665 and check us out online at www.dyeautos.com. We’ve helped thousands of people get into the truck of their dreams!