Red Book department head Tim Wilcock said such preparation did make a difference and added: 'Even the most cynical buyer will be more impressed by a vehicle that has been looked after and smartened up, if only because it will save him doing the work later. Presentation is everything. Too often vehicles are offered for sale with little preparation work and so have less chance of finding a buyer.'
Wilcock added: 'A whiff of polish in the cockpit seems to work wonders, but buyers will be less impressed by the remains of the driver's cheese sandwich in the glovebox. A complete respray and engine rebuild is going too far.'