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Tips for Cleaning your Engine Bay before you Sell

Tips for Cleaning your Engine Bay before you Sell

Cleaning your car is an essential part of preparing your car for sale. It helps create the idea of a well-maintained and well looked after car, which should help the buyer or dealership appraiser view it more positively.


The engine bay can have a lot going on and there’s a lot to consider when cleaning it. Yet, having a clean engine bay can make a very positive impact on how a buyer views the car, so is well worth considering if you’re planning to sell your car to a dealership or privately.


It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t have to cost anything, which makes it even more worthwhile!


Take a before picture


Unless you’re an experienced mechanic, there’s a lot within the average engine bay that we don’t understand or wouldn’t miss if it wasn’t there. That makes taking a before picture important.


For one, it will show you how much work you have done. Two, you can compare the end result with the before picture to make sure you didn’t dislodge a vital pipe or wire before you need the car again.


Be careful with the chemicals


There are lots of engine degreasing products around, but be careful when using them. Degreasers are designed for really dirty engines and for removing oil and grease.


If your engine is just dirty and not oily and greasy, you don’t need this type of product.


If you do use a degreaser, you need to only use enough to remove the grease and then rinse down carefully. Many of these products can eat away at rubber and perishable parts, so you need to be careful.


Disconnect the battery


Even if you plan being super-careful when cleaning the engine, we recommend disconnecting the negative terminal on your battery.


Water and water-based products can get everywhere, so disconnecting the battery ensures you don’t short anything out or give yourself a shock.


Cover the fuse box and open connections


If you’re planning to use water anywhere in your engine bay, cover any exposed connections with a plastic bag or something waterproof. Even though the battery will be disconnected, residual water may remain, which could cause a short once you reconnect.


Even careful application of water can cause issues with vehicle electrics and we don’t want that!


Use WD-40 or other product to loosen stubborn grease


WD-40 is not a lubricant but a water-dispersant. It is also useful for loosening up stubborn grease and grime in an engine. Spray it onto and around the grime, leave it a few minutes and then try to clean it off.


You’ll be amazed at how effective it can be when you come up against something that just won’t shift!


Cleaning the engine bay isn’t as important as cleaning the outside and inside when you want to sell your car to a dealership, but it can help. The more you can do to make the car look ready for resale, the more likely you are to sell it.


You may even get a little more for it too…


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