Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters
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Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

Last year, I bought a new car. Rather than trade in my old one, I decided to sell it myself. Before I put it in the market, I took the car to a local shop and got my old baby a new paint job. The new paint made all the difference with the car. While operationally it was sound, the outside was not all that great. After the fresh coat of paint, the car generated a lot of attention from prospective buyers. I even had a bidding war going on between two parties who really wanted it. If you have an older vehicle to sell, it pays to invest in a new paint job. Let me tell you more about why this strategy works. Follow my tips for selecting the color and the paint type, and you'll get a great price for the old jalopy.

Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

Do You Have A Large Scratch On Your Automobile? 3 Reasons To Have It Repaired At A Collision Repair Shop

Nora Boyd

Scratches on your automobile can be hard to avoid. Tree branches may scratch your car, shopping carts may run into your car leaving a scrape, or another car door may have hit your car, leaving a scratch. If you have a large scratch that has affected the paint on your automobile, it is recommended that you bring your vehicle to a collision repair center for repair as quickly as possible. Here are three of the reasons why. 

Scratches Can Lead to Rust Developing On Your Car

One of the reasons why you should have scratches on your automobile professionally repaired by a collision shop is because deep scratches can lead to rust developing. Scratches on your car can leave the metal that your car's body is made from exposed. When the metal is exposed to water, such as when you wash the car or if it rains, rust can start to form. Rust can weaken the body of your automobile and can be challenging and costly to remove. As such, it is better to prevent it from forming altogether. 

Scratches May Cause Your Paint to Peel or Flake

Another important reason why you should bring your vehicle to a collision repair shop for scratches is that the scratches can eventually cause your paint to start to peel or flake. When your paint is scratched or flaked, air and moisture can both eventually lead to the edges of the paint starting to lift. This is the start of flaking or peeling paint. The problem will only worsen over time. Taking your car through a car wash can expedite this process, so always avoid taking your car through car washes if you have scratches. 

Scratches Can Negatively Affect the Value of Your Automobile

The final reason why you should have scratches repaired by a collision repair shop is to help you maintain the value of your automobile. Scratches, scrapes, and other imperfections, such as dings and dents, can lower the value of your car. Repairing the damage can help you to maintain the value of your car, helping to maximize its value if you trade it in or sell it in the future. 

The paint job of your automobile is made up of different layers, including the clear coat, primer, and paint. If a scratch has affected just the clear coat, it can likely be buffed out. However, if the scratch has affected the paint or primer, you need a professional to remove the scratch and repair the damaged paint. This helps you maintain the value of your automobile and prevents further damage to your car, such as rust or peeling paint. Contact your preferred collision repair shop to obtain an estimate to have scratches on your vehicle repaired.