How To Get Your Corvette Detailed
Newer Vettes can probably get away with a good wash and interior cleaning. Slightly older or weathered vehicles will definitely need a full detail which should include: wash, clay bar, wheels, interior, polish, sealant, wax, dressings, and. Total cost $250-$400. If the quote is less than previously mentioned, be wary — a proper detail is very time consuming and labor intensive.
You want to make the prospective buyer’s purchase an emotional one and the best way to do that is visually. He should be enamored with the vehicle at first sight: present factory-esque paint, a spotless engine bay and sparkling, mint condition wheels.
Document Your Corvette’s Service History
Use Carfax or AutoCheck to get a vehicle history report. Both offer unlimited reports by VIN. AutoCheck also offers collision records from police reports and other accident sources, as well as Buyback Protection against unreported titles for qualifying vehicles.
Sort and organize your vehicle’s service records and miscellaneous items like extra keys, owner’s manual and other items that may have come with the vehicle from the factory.
If you’re selling a C4, C5, C6 or C7 Corvette and you don’t have the original window sticker, the factory optioncan be found on a sticker in the glovebox.
Photos of Your Corvette: DIY Or Hire a Pro?
Ever see a used car ad that has small, blurry, improperly-oriented or just plain horrendous photos? It’s an immediate turn off to all buyers except those looking for bargain basement deals, and that’s not who we want coming to buy our car.
Depending on your vehicle’s selling price, it may or may not be cost effective to. Based on a photographer pricing survey by SmartShoot, a pro should shoot your car for $200/hr. Try to get them to throw in some retouching/color correction as part of the deal: the post-processing will ensure your photos really pop.
Alternatively, Jalopnik has an excellent article onwhich anyone with a decent camera can use. Envato Tuts+ also has a great article specific to photographing automobiles: .
Price Your Used Corvette
There are several online pricing guides, including the oft mentioned NADA Guides, which cover all Corvette generations, although the consensus seems to be that the guide is inaccurate and prices vehicles too high.
It’s all about real-time data and current market value — we want to know what Corvettes are changing hands for right now. The best place to find this data is in eBay’s Completed Listings section. There you can see what the market is actually willing to pay for a vehicle, rather than what an outdated pricing guide might tell you a vehicle is worth — anything that goes to print is going to be using data that is a few months behind at minimum.
Where To Sell Your Used Corvette
Target affluent Corvette buyers in the market for all generations from C1 to C8 by advertising on websites like. Exotic Car List averages under 30 days from listed till sold and has listing packages starting at $49.
Congratulations, What’s Next?
If you’ve taken all the necessary steps outlined in this guide, you will be a strong position to sell your Corvette at the top end of its market value. With the capital gained in the sale, you are now free to buy a new Vette or another new dream car, congrats!