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Signage can leave its mark on resale value

Manheim has announced some top tips to avoid losing money and image through selling vehicles with commercial signage still on them.

Leaving company details on a van can make vehicles harder to sell and, should the vehicle be involved in criminal activity, damage the reputation of the original operator.

Most firms do remove their details before selling, but the process can, if not done properly, result in the need for costly paintwork repair or remain marked for life, damaging resale value.

Manheim’s top tips are:

  • Using good quality decals when branding new vehicles makes them easier to remove

  • Ensure repaired paintwork is dry before reapplying decals. Otherwise paint can lift off when the decals are removed

  • Remove all branding – names, addresses, logos and so on. ‘Ghost’ images can often still be seen after removal, but can be removed through machine polishing

  • Leave it to the professionals – trying to do it yourself can leave paint damaged or discoloured. Using a prof-essional service can be more cost effective.
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