How To Maintain Your Car's Value

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Your vehicle doesn't suddenly lose value once you decide to sell it or trade it in for a newer model. The key to maintaining the value of your vehicle is just that, maintenance. How you care for your car, both inside and out can result in a higher value down the road. Many factors determine trade-in value in addition to age and total mileage. Here are some easy tasks that vehicle owners should do on a regular basis to maintain value.

Use a Garage

For apartment dwellers this is almost impossible unless you happen to live in a big building that comes with a parking slot. Keeping your vehicle protected from the elements for at least part, if not most, of the day is the single most important thing you can do to protect its value. A garage protects your vehicle from the effects of heat, cold, sunshine, wind, hail, and severe rain and snowstorms. Garages also protect vehicles from tree sap, leaves and other debris. If you don't have a garage, try to park your vehicle away from other cars. When traveling during the day, try to park in the shade to protect your vehicle from excessive sunshine. If your car must be outside all the time, invest in a sturdy tarp.

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Follow a Regular Maintenance Schedule

The manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule is there for a reason. It keeps your vehicle running in top condition. Performing recommended maintenance as needed will often catch problems before they occur, thus avoiding undue wear. At the same time, get regular oil changes, rotate and replace tires before the tread is too worn and replace brake pads as needed. These five relatively inexpensive maintenance tasks can also save you a lot of money in the long run.

Smells and Spills

Keeping the interior of your vehicle in prime condition will add to its value. If you're a smoker, consider keeping your butts out of your car. Cigarette smoke is difficult to cover up and even harder to remove. Spills are another consideration. Investing in removable seat covers is a wise choice, especially if you have children or frequently eat in your vehicle. Vehicle interiors are generally resistant to stains, but this resistance works best when your wipe up stains and debris as soon as they occur. By doing so, you won't give stains a chance to set and become permanent.

Clean and Wax The Exterior

Making sure the exterior looks good goes beyond getting rid of surface dirt. Several times each year, you should give your car a thorough washing, followed by waxing. Consider getting a clay bar to remove tough dirt and debris. Applying a coat of wax will not only make your vehicle shine, it will also help protect your vehicle's paint from fading.

Drive It Easy

Sometimes people think that high mileage is the biggest thing that can reduce a vehicle's value. Not so fast. How you drive your vehicle is also important. Driving it hard, in other words, engaging in a rapid acceleration, sudden stops, hard turns and the like can put undue stress on the engine and the body. Hard driving can, over the years, lead to permanent impairment of some of your vehicle's system. Be nice to your car instead.

If you're curious about how you can affect the value of your car, you can visit our service page or stop by our dealership today for more information. Our friendly staff will be happy to give you additional tips on how you can maximize your vehicle's value to trade-in.

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