Did you know that the value of your car depreciates almost instantly from the moment you drive away from the dealership? This is why it’s a good idea to keep the value of your car up in case you want to sell it or trade it in. Not to mention, you probably spent a lot of money on your car and of course, you are searching for ways to maintain your car’s value. Here’s how you can:
Consistent Car Services and Maintenance
Cars usually let you know when they are due for a service or need a repair. They do this by either showing a warning sign, blinking light or by making strange noises. If you want to maintain the value of your car, you need to ensure that your car is in the best condition. Even if you don’t drive often, it’s a good idea to take your car in for regular check-ups and keep it on record. Recording vehicle maintenance and service is also important for another reason – vehicle purchasers. If you decide to sell your car one day, the buyer will most likely enquire about the upkeep of your vehicle. You can record the information in a notebook, your phone or computer. Here’s some of the important information you need to jot down:
- The date of the repair
- What was repaired
- The cost of the repair
- What your car’s mileage was when it was repaired
Keep Your Mileage Low
The higher the mileage, the lower the resale value. You can keep your mileage at a reasonable level by carpooling and using public transport. Ubers and taxis are common transport options these days. It’s also a safer option if you are going out with a few friends and decide to have some drinks.
Random Car Upgrades
If you decide to buy an aftermarket sound system or bumper for your car, this could depreciate the value of your car. Buyers might wonder what your vehicle went through that resulted in all these modifications. It’s also dangerous to add aftermarket components by yourself – the components could cause electrical and mechanical faults that will put you and your loved ones in a life-threatening accident.
Keeping Your Car Clean
Cars are made to withstand the elements, such as hail storms, snowy winters, blistering summers and harsh rainstorms, but in order for them to have a long life-span, we need to protect them as well. Bad weather conditions can damage your car’s paint and windows. To prevent this, you should park your car in a garage or covered space. You should also wash your car frequently and apply a good coat of wax before winter. You can also keep the inside of your car clean by vacuuming, wiping it down and using air fresheners. Another way to keep your car clean at all times is by prohibiting anyone from smoking, eating and drinking in your car.
It’s important to maintain the value of your car because a well-kept car keeps you safe and happy. In addition, a well-maintained car also has a higher resale value. If you are looking to sell or buy a used car, CRS Automotive is the best choice. We offer great prices for your trade-ins and even better prices if you are looking to buy a new used car. If you want the best value for your money, contact us today!