Service Records as a Bargaining Chip – Selling a Car for Beginners

MINT HILL, NC – If you’re looking to sell your vehicle, one of the best weapons to have in your arsenal is a complete service history. This takes a lot of the unknowns out of buying a car and is a great way to prove what you’re selling is reliable and treated well. Keeping these records, however, is a challenge. Have no fear though, as your repair shop of choice can help you with that!

One of the great things about living in a digital age is that records are considerably easier to remake than in the past. In our own shop, for example, we have digital records dating all the way back to 2003. Every repair done since then, we have a copy of it. For some of our customers who have been coming to us since they purchased their vehicle, we have the entire service history stored in our database. Handy, right? If they ever want to sell I can just print copies.

For what we don’t have, there’s Carfax. You’ve probably seen ads for this on TV. Almost every shop that has digital records, which are most shops these days, send copies of the repair orders to them. This allows us to see what repairs have been done at other places – great for used cars. It also allows consumers to see what was done too, but they usually charge consumers to see these reports, so check with your shop of choice first. They may be able to get you a free copy.

Ken Manchester