What features actually add value when selling a car


When it comes to selling a used car, the original state and condition are the main factors determining price. In most cases, a well-preserved, original, bare-bones car will command more on the used market than the same car with all the options, plus a set of aftermarket wheels and a custom paint job.

That being said, there are some features that do add value when it comes to selling your used car.

GPS and Infotainment System

Large LCD displays with connectivity to a car owner’s mobile phone are now standard in most vehicles. A car with a GPS system will fetch more on the used car market than an equivalent model without one.

Sun or Moonroofs

Sun and moonroofs are a feature that car manufacturers use to differentiate between models of the same make. In most cases, basic models will not come with a sunroof depending on the car. Therefore, having one should

Automatic transmission

The type of transmission your car has will affect the sales value of your car because most consumers prefer driving automatic. If you’ve ever stalled your car while driving manual will you give some indication as to why automatic transition cars outsell manual. Having an automatic transmission should give you some extra dollars to pocket when selling.

There are some additional features that can be added to a car to increase value but it depends on how you sell your car. When trading in a car at a dealership, custom features that have been added won’t command as much as when selling private. In private sales, custom feature such as:

  • Dashboard camera
  • Audio and Sound Equipment
  • Wheel type and Wheel Plates/rims
  • Exhaust System

May be desired features that a potential buyer is looking for and may be willing to pay extra for.

Selling your car in the state that it was in will ultimately get you the most value. It’s important to assess the value of your car via online calculators like ours and analyzing the private market for your specific make and model and the features it has. Also, determine if any of the features or modifications you may have made should affect the value of the car when selling.