MOTORISTS SELLING OR TRADING IN CARS ARE POLISHING ON THE POUNDS

As demand for new cars reaches its peak with the September registration plate change, so the used car market is flooded with the cars of owners attempting to sell their vehicle to finance an upgrade. 

Against this background a new study of 3,000 car owners from Halfords and paint renovation experts G3 Pro has revealed that just one hour spent polishing a car can increase its value by up to £500 and a little extra effort can add up to £1000.

Halfords paint protection expert David Howells said: “Nine out of ten car owners that have either sold or traded in a vehicle in the past 12 months told us they had carried out some pre-sale polishing and more than three quarters of them achieved a better price because of this.

“The biggest increase in value was realised by owners who used a scratch removal product to bring paintwork back to its best – with more than half of them increasing the sale price by at least 10% and one in six achieving a 20% increase.”

The survey also revealed that when it’s time to sell, there are pounds in polishing your car no matter what its age - 90% (90.43%) of the cars in the survey were worth under £10,000. According to the BCA the average age of cars on the UK roads is continuing to grow, now at 7.59 years, a thirty year high.

The study also found most drivers (73.91%) are also making a saving by rolling up their sleeves rather than using a professional valeter or car wash to prepare their vehicles for sale.

Donna Howard from G3 Pro added: “Significant advances in car car technology now mean that professional quality products are available to every owner and this has clearly had a real impact on the quality of finish that owners can achieve at home.

“When it comes to putting money back into the pockets of hard-pressed motorists, it’s clear that banishing unsightly scuffs and scratches prior to selling a car can add hundreds of pounds in value.”

To find car cleaning products that could add value to your car visit www.halfords.com.

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Media contact:

Stuart Humphreys, Automotive PR Manager, T: 01527 513410, M: 07738 751930 E: stuart.humphreys@halfords.co.uk

Notes to editors

Halfords stores offer a scratch, chip and dent repair service at a fraction of the cost of a traditional body shops. Work is guaranteed for three years and we use trained bodyshop technicians that can carry out the work at your local store, your home, or place of work.

About Halfords Group plc

The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Halfords Autocentres also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator. Halfords customers shop at 467 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from over 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.

Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 10,000 product lines in stores, increasing to around 30,000 lines online. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include Apollo and Carrera cycles, augmented by exclusive UK distribution rights for the premium-ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.

About Farecla’s G3 Pro

With over 50 years’ experience in developing some of the most technologically advanced surface finishing products, Farécla has long been the number one choice for bodyshop professionals. Farécla’s G3 Pro range is an advanced paint renovation system that gives car owners the ability to achieve the best possible results on defects like surface scratches, scuffs and faded paintwork. G3 Pro gives consumers the power to get professional results at home without the need for professional skills. Offering a systematic approach to paint renovation and protection, the G3 Pro range prepares, restores and protects car bodywork.

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Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.

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Nine out of ten car owners that have either sold or traded in a vehicle in the past 12 months told us they had carried out some pre-sale polishing and more than three quarters of them achieved a better price because of this.
David Howells, Halfords paint protection expert
When it comes to putting money back into the pockets of hard-pressed motorists, it’s clear that banishing unsightly scuffs and scratches prior to selling a car can add hundreds of pounds in value.
Donna Howard, from G3 Pro Car Cleaning