What You Should and Shouldn't Fix Before Selling Your Car

After raising seven children through their teenage years, I've had my fair share of experiences with selling used cars that have body damage. As a child saved up to buy a newer car, I was relied on to find a way to sell their old one for the most money possible. I have learned that fixing small dents and other aesthetic issues with your vehicle is a great way to significantly increase the sales price you ask when you put it on the market. But not all dents are worth paying to have fixed because it won't affect the value much. Whether you are just trying to make the money back that you've put into your vehicle or you're trying to make a profit, hopefully the pages on this website will give you some insight into what's worth putting your time and effort into fixing and what's best left untouched.

A Crash Is Imminent: Hot To Survive


Sometimes, a car accident is inevitable and you will need to do whatever possible to minimize the injuries you might sustain. You will need to think quickly to avoid making a bad situation even worse. Also, you will need to take proactive steps to avoid an accident.

Adjust Your Headrest

Make sure that your headrest is level with the top of your head. Otherwise, during a car accident, your head will go up and over the headrest, which will increase the risk of a neck injury. Also, when your head snaps back, it is more likely to come down on the headrest. If you are very tall, your headrest might not adjust high enough to reach your head, but you should still adjust it as high as possible.

Secure Loose Items

Many objects that seem harmless can turn into projectiles during a car accident, such as the scented candle in a glass jar you are bringing home. Place objects like these anywhere that can keep them secure. The more that your head jerks around as a result of the accident, the more likely that you will suffer a head or neck injury.

Make Everyone Sit Properly

Some motorists like to lean against the dashboard when driving. This will place you too close to the airbag as it deploys, which can cause a serious injury to the torso and will also throw you backwards. Avoid leaning on the side of the car if you have side airbags.

Make sure all of your passengers sit properly in their seats. For example, do not allow any of your passengers to place their feet on the dashboard. In general, the arms and legs should be kept away from the location where the airbag deploys.

Stay Calm During an Accident

It can be very difficult to stay calm during an accident, but the calmer you are, the less likely you are to have an accident and the less severe your injuries will be if you do have one. Don't jerk the steering wheel suddenly because cars tend to respond more poorly to this. Also, the more relaxed you are, the less likely you are to suffer an injury.

Crash In the Best Way Possible

While a crash is already a terrible situation, you will want to do whatever possible to minimize the severity of the accident. You will need to avoid both head-on collisions and collisions with large and immovable objects such as trees, buildings or rocks. For example, if you have to choose between a tree and a wooden fence, crash through the fence. Also, try to avoid having a car hit you from the side.

After you have crashed your car, you will want to turn your engine off immediately. Avoid smoking at this time because a cigarette can ignite flammable materials that might be leaking out of your car. Afterwards, if you need help determining the effects on your vehicle, contact a company like Ohs' Body Shop's Inc. for help.


9 April 2015