Clean Wholesale Cars for Profit

Increase Profit by Cleaning cars

The Basics of Wholesale Car Cleanliness

This may sound basic to veteran used car managers but keeping your cars clean isn’t just for cosmetic appeal, it can seriously impact the value’s. As a percentage of profit improvement, a clean car has the most impact on value for the least amount of expense.

“Detail department, what we call ‘doll up’, provides the most Wholesale Profit bang for the buck” – Ryan – Hoselton Auction Rochester

All plastic should be treated with a quality cleaner and protectant, and the carpets should be vacuumed to the point where you can actually see the lines the vacuum made. Get your detail shop a carpet rake, to really make the carpets pop.

Hidden garbage under the seats or in map pockets, can cost you a sale. Make sure your detailers are looking everywhere and even vacuuming under the seats, trunk and map pockets.

Clean door jams make a real difference as well, have them wiped down and silicone the hinges. Detail the engine and trunk, clean out their jams as well and be sure there are no signs of oil leaks whenever possible.

Staging Your Used Cars For Auction

Once your cars are in the staging area or Auction Viewing Lot, you will need to keep them clean for your viewing day. The simplest solution is to purchase a power washing system. If you have access to a water faucet all you will need is a simple power washer available at most home improvement stores. For off site locations, you will need a truck or trailer mounted water tank set up. Well worth the investment.

power washer on a truck

Truck mounted power washer for used car lots

About the Author:

Co-Founder / Writer / Serial Growth Hacker Kevin Leigh co-founded Dealer Simplified, LLC, a company dedicated to simplifying automotive software. The goal of Dealer Simplified is to jump-start the profit centers in dealerships while keeping the processes and software simple and easy to understand and implement. Kevin is also an accomplished author and is passionate about writing and blogging. His latest novel, “Gollup the Woods” was inspired by the stories he heard from his father on their many trips through the Irish countryside. Kevin currently resides in Alden, New York with his wife Mary and their three boys. Leigh spends his spare time volunteering with various community organizations.


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