Tips to Sell Your Used Car: Make It Shine & Smell Fresh!

Tips to Sell Your Used Car: Make It Shine & Smell Fresh!

When it comes to selling your used car, first impressions are crucial.

A clean and fresh-smelling vehicle can attract potential buyers and increase the chances of a successful sale.

In this comprehensive guide, Bio-Bombs and our team of professional auto detailers will walk you through effective cleaning tips, with a special focus on odor removal.

By following these strategies, you can present your car in the best possible light and maximize its appeal to potential buyers.

Interior Cleaning

The interior of your car plays a significant role in determining its overall condition and appeal. Follow these steps to ensure a spotless interior:


Remove all personal belongings, including trash, from the car. Clear out the glove compartment, door pockets, and trunk.


Use a powerful vacuum cleaner with appropriate attachments to thoroughly clean the seats, carpets, floor mats, and crevices.

Pay extra attention to areas where dust and debris tend to accumulate.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the dashboard, steering wheel, center console, and other hard surfaces. Don’t forget the door panels and handles.

Deep Clean Upholstery

If there are stains or odors on the upholstery, consider using a specialized fabric cleaner or hire a professional detailing service to deep clean the seats.

Exterior Cleaning

The exterior of your car creates the first impression for potential buyers. Make sure it shines with these exterior cleaning tips:

Wash & Wax

Give your car a thorough wash using automotive soap and a microfiber mitt.

Rinse off all dirt and grime, paying attention to the wheels and undercarriage.

After drying the car, apply a high-quality wax to protect the paint and give it a glossy finish.

Clean Windows & Mirrors

Use a glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth to clean the windows and mirrors, both inside and outside. Ensure streak-free results for maximum visibility.

Polish Wheels & Tires

Clean the wheels using a wheel cleaner and a brush, removing brake dust and grime. Apply tire dressing to give the tires a shiny, new look.

Restore Headlights

If the headlights appear cloudy or yellowed, consider using a headlight restoration kit to improve their clarity. Clear headlights enhance the overall look of the car.

Car Odor Removal

Unpleasant odors can be a major deterrent for potential buyers. Follow these tips to eliminate odors in your used car and ensure a fresh-smelling interior:

Use Odor Eliminators

Place an odor eliminator product, like Bio-Bombs Vehicle Deodorization Kit, in the car overnight to eliminate lingering smells. You can also use specially formulated automotive air fresheners or odor-neutralizing sprays.

Address Specific Odors

Cigarette Smoke: Remove ashtrays, clean all surfaces with a vinegar-water solution, and use specialized smoke odor eliminators. Air out the car by opening the windows and letting it sit in the sunlight.

Pet Odors

Vacuum pet hair and use pet odor-neutralizing sprays. Consider using a fabric freshener specifically designed to eliminate pet odors.


Before potential buyers view the car, leave the windows open or use fans to circulate fresh air throughout the car. This helps remove any residual odors and creates a more inviting atmosphere.

What Are Bio-Bombs?

Bio-Bombs utilize Chlorine Dioxide and the gas-off method to effectively remove odors from homes, businesses and of course, cars.

Our innovative odor elimination products release CIO2, generating a gas that penetrates the area.

The gas-off method allows CIO2 to reach inaccessible spaces, penetrating porous materials and neutralizing odors at their source. As the gas dissipates, it eliminates odorous molecules, bacteria, and mold spores, leaving behind a fresh and odor-free environment.

Buy Bio-Bombs Online

Looking for an odor eliminator solution to help sell your used car? You’ve come to the right place! Shop Bio-Bombs Here. You will find a range of odor removal products able to remove car odors in just one treatment.

Questions? You can contact us and we’ll be happy to explain how to use the products for the best results.