When purchasing a new car, you should keep in mind that increasing your car’s resale value starts the second you drive the car off the lot. Once you’re ready to sell that vehicle, you’ll be looking to get the most money back for your investment, and you shouldn’t have to worry about shelling out extra cash just to make your car more desirable to potential buyers.
Following these two rules to increase your car’s resale value are the best steps you can take to save money down the road, and they may even help you keep your car road-worthy longer.
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Keep Up With Maintenance
It goes without saying that seasonal and regular car check-ups, maintenance and repairs are the number one way to ensure a longer life for your vehicle. Being better about taking your vehicle in for maintenance means you could save a lot of cash down the road.
Keep your owner’s manual handy and use it as a reference for when car maintenance may need to be done. You might be surprised to find out that, if you own a newer car, oil changes aren’t required as often as you may have thought.
In most cases, newer vehicles can get away with going about 7,500 miles without an oil change, which can make maintenance of your car seem like a much less daunting task.
There are plenty of apps out now that can help you keep track of service requirements for your vehicle, so all you’ll have to worry about is taking it into the shop.
Clean the Exterior/Interior Regularly
Not only does having a clean car make you hold your head a little higher on the road, it’s also saving you a future headache when you’re ready to resell. Everybody wants their car to look shiny and new, so a grimy exterior or interior is the quickest way to get talked down on your asking price.
If you’re planning to sell your car privately, stop eating or smoking in your vehicle to keep the interior in nice condition, and clean out all of the junk you’ve accumulated once a week.
Keeping the exterior of your car clean helps you notice any additional maintenance that may need to be taken care of. If you’re cleaning your rims and see a tire with low pressure, you may have just saved yourself the cost of repairing a flat tire down the road.
It’s easy to see that treating your car right means a longer life on the road and increased resale value when it’s time to sell your car, but it’s easier said than done. Following these tips from the day you take your vehicle home can save you a headache when you’re ready to sell.
If you’re reading this a bit late, and are considering paying for cleanings and repairs to your used or damaged vehicle, give us a call before you spend unnecessary money. Unlike private buyers and dealerships, we buy cars, trucks, SUVs and vans in any condition, running or not, and we’d love to make an offer on your vehicle, regardless of the condition.