If you are searching for a new car this spring, but need to get rid of your current vehicle, don’t race towards the finish line. There are some important steps you need to take to get the highest possible return on your investment.

“Showing a clean, brightly lit, uncluttered and competitively priced vehicle, with all associated paperwork, is an easy way to differentiate yourself in the used vehicle market.” explains Michael Bettencourt, managing editor at autoTRADER.ca.

If you are looking to upgrade your own vehicle, there are a few important tips to keep in mind before snapping those first glamour shots of your automobile to ensure a swift and successful sale.

1. Clean up your act. Washing and waxing the exterior of the vehicle, along with vacuuming and detailing the interior, will make it more presentable. Make sure to have any scuffs or scratches repaired. These may not seem like significant issues, but paying attention to these kinds of details will make your vehicles more appealing to potential buyers.

2. Be prepared. Prepare the necessary insurance paperwork, ownership and maintenance records ahead of time. Showing a potential buyer that you are organized with your vehicle’s records will demonstrate that it was likely well cared for.

3. Get proactive. Have the vehicle certified by a licensed mechanic and have the emissions tested at one of your province’s registered facilities. This will make the process simple and painless for yourself and the prospective customer.

Find more information at www.autotrader.ca.