So, you’ve finally decided to look for a brand new machine on Snow Blower Source, but wanted to make some money off your old one first. Before you can put it up for sale, there are a few things you should take care of first. After all, if you can make a bit more money from the sale, why not take the time?
1. Replace All Small Broken or Rusted Parts
We’re not suggesting you completely revamp your snow blower and put in all new parts, but rather just a few here and there that’ll bring it up to a new level. The idea is to maximize profit and increase the sellability, so you’ll want to keep your costs down as much as possible. But some of the little parts you should look into replacing — especially if they need to be changed up anyway — include:
These are all items that shouldn’t run you more than $15 and with free shipping, you can really keep your costs down.
2. Update the Fluids
When was the last time you changed the oil? Even if you’re only halfway due for an oil change, swap it out anyway and use that as a selling feature. The same goes for the fuel tank. Run the fuel out and put some cleaner in there to get any dirty bits out. However, if you’re selling it across state lines, make sure to check if you can move a snow blower with liquids in it or if all the tanks should be empty. If you’re just putting it in the back of a truck and driving across town, you should be okay, but double check either way.
3. Clean and Polish It
Very few people are going to want to take the time to look past oil smudges and salt buildup to see the beauty of the snow blower underneath. Take the half hour or so to really clean off every single square inch of it, buff it up and use nail polish to cover up any scratches. If you can get it looking like the day it was first bought, you’ll have it earning a lot of second looks.
4. Take High Quality Images
You don’t have to be a pro with a camera, just someone who’s willing to put in a bit of time to make nice things happen. Take your (clean) snow blower outside and put it against the snow or some other neutral background, have the sun either shining behind you and onto it or from the side, rest your camera on your car or some other flat surface to reduce the shakes, and take pictures from different angles. These images are going to be the first things that people notice, so make sure you’re giving them something nice to look at.
5. Use the Manufacturer’s Website For Help
Depending on how long you’ve had your snow blower, you’ve either forgotten a lot or most of what your snow blower’s about. And depending on how organized you are, you may or may not still have your owner’s manual with you. Don’t take any chances and guess on the specs of your machine; visit the manufacturer’s website and get the absolute accurate information. You don’t have to list every single thing, but enough that potential buyers will know what they’re looking at.