2009 Ford Flex Limited: One Important Detail
December 06, 2010
If you're going to try to sell a two-year-old car with 72,000 miles on it, you better make sure it looks sharp. We took our 2009 Ford Flex Limited to the car wash and had them detail the interior for $100. Two guys crawled all over it for an hour, vacuumed it, shampooed the carpets, cleaned all the surfaces and got the finger prints off the glass. I wouldn't have thought it would make such a difference but it did. Before the detail there was a generally worn look to the interior with scuff marks around all the doors where people had kicked the plastic getting in and out of the car. Afterwards, all the surfaces gleamed with not-too-much ArmorAll-type protectant.
Sunday night it rained and when I got to work a red sunrise was lighting up the sky. I shot some new pictures to post on the AutoTrader ad. It was listed all weekend without bringing any calls, texts or emails. I guess everyone's mind is on a different type of shopping right now. At least the Flex is ready when the time comes. If someone looks at the interior, I think it will sell itself.
Philip Reed, Edmunds senior consumer advice editor @ 72,200 miles