A Guide to Protecting the Resale Value of Your Car
You don't have to be an automobile aficionado or a classic car collector t to know that protecting the resale value of your car is good common sense. While you cannot view your car as an investment in the traditional sense - since the majority of them lose value as soon as you drive them off the lot - they are an investment in the quality of your life. And since taking care of your car will help you get more money from a resale, you should do everything you can to keep it in solid shape.
So how do you do this? Read on to find out!
Protect the Resale Value of Your Vehicle
1) Manufacturer Made
If your aim is to make sure you keep your ride resell ready, then fight the urge to install a ‘souped out stereo system, tint your windows, replace your headlights with high-intensity discharge lamps, or buy a lift-kit. The resale value of a car depends on keeping it in mint condition, as much as possible - and this means keeping it as close to the manufacturer stock as you can. Doing anything drastic can severely impact your ability to get what you’d expect for your vehicle.
2) Service Success
Have your ride regularly serviced at a licensed facility to ensure it’s in prime working condition for a lucrative resale. A maintenance track-record is also a great way to prove your car has been cared for, which will add massive value to a vehicle’s worth.
3) Cosmetic Considerations
Dings and dents spill and wear and tear happen, but you want to try to fix them or avoid them altogether when possible. Any exterior or interior imperfections on your vehicle will hurt its resale value.
To prevent any minor scuffs to the exterior of your car, be sure to wax it every 3 months. This will also help keep the paint from fading. To protect your vehicle’s interior, thoroughly detail it regularly - every 6 months should do. In between complete cleans, vacuum your car once a month, use a leather or vinyl conditioner/cleaner every 2-3 months and fit your car seats with custom covers. Custom covers are made for the exact make and model of your vehicle, so you know they will give your upholstery the protection it needs to protect its value come resell time.
To learn more about how to choose the best car seat covers for your ride, click here.
If you’re thinking that protecting the resale value of your car sounds exhausting, then just think how you’ll feel when you find out your ride is only worth a fraction of its listed resale value because you didn’t bother to take a few precautions. So take them!