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How to write the perfect condition report

Writing a proper damage report is a key part of selling your car. In 9/10 cases, our dealers are able pay the price they offer online – unlike other car buying services – because they know exactly what they’re bidding on and its condition.

Because of this, just writing ‘excellent’ probably won’t cut it… You should be as critical as if you were buying the car yourself since letting the dealer understand your car’s true condition will save you both time and disappointment down the road.

The process should be methodical. Start at one point on the car and work around it, noting any damage as you go. It’s also best to take photo of any damage since your interpretation of “not that bad” might be completely different to the buyer’s!

Alloys: Often overlooked by sellers, scuffs on alloys can mean expensive repairs before the car can be re-sold: it’s best to take photos of any scratches mentioned so the buyer knows how bad they are.

Tyres: If you know how many millimeters of tread are left, it’s great to let bidders know. If you’re not sure, simply taking a photo of the tyre will help: it’s best to turn the wheels out and photograph the entire surface of the tread.

Bodywork: You should note dents and scratches in addition to their position on the vehicle. When checking for small dents in doors, it helps to look along the length of the car, instead of straight onto the panel, and rock backwards and forwards to see any if dents appear when they catch the light. If your car has even been repainted, it’s best to mention it in the damage description to save any disappointment when the seller collects the vehicle. 

Interior: Remember to check the interior of your car for damage as this can be especially tricky (and costly) to repair. Note any marks to upholstery and any non-functional components.

Windscreen: Check the windscreen for chips – if you have coverage, it’s best to get them repaired before selling.

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