I'm a car expert -the easy way to boost the value of your motor by £1,000 revealed | The Sun

A CAR expert has revealed how you can add over £1,000 to the value of your motor when putting it up for sale.

Chris Penny, from Vertu Motors, says ensuring your car has a full service history will add 10% to its value.

If the asking price on your car is £10,000, you could land yourself a bonus £1,000 in cash.

A full service history on a car means it's been kept in good working order and serviced when required.

Chris said: "Reassurance that the car has been well looked after comes from the service history.


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"Keep the service history without gaps and completed by reputable providers, keep the MOTs up to date.

"Correct any advisories and you will be able to prove the car has been looked after in your care."

If you are looking to sell your car on fast, being honest about any defects will help you shift it quicker too.

Chris said: "In a world of intimate information and transparency, say what the good things are and the bad things.

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"What works well – if you've got a scratch and a dent, taking pictures of that."

What is a full service history?

Simply put, a car with a full service history, or FSH, is one that has been maintained and is in good working order.

That means it has had regular MOTs, and work carried out either by a manufacturer directly or by an approved service centre.

You can find an approved service centre by using the tool on the Motor Ombudsman's website – you just have to type in where you want to get the motor serviced.

If a car has not been serviced on time or every time it should have, it is considered to have a partial service history.

If you are looking at buying a second-hand car you should always check it has a full service history to ensure you're getting a vehicle that's up to scratch and won't cause you problems down the line that could be costly to fix.

How else can you boost the value of your car?

If you are looking to put your car on the market and want to get the most for it, we've got some tips.

Car selling platform goodbyecar.co.uk previously offered The Sun six hacks to get more for your motor.

This includes restoring plastic trim on your vehicle which can add £60 the value of your car.

You can get a 500ml cannister of bumper and trim shine in Wilko for just £3.

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Giving your paintwork a clean, polish and wax will add a further £150 while cleaning up your wheels can add £400.

Giving the interior a hoover, cleaning the dashboard and adding a freshener can help give your car valuation a boost too.

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