Simple maintenance tips to improve your vehicle’s resale value

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There are many factors that affect the resale value of your car including miles and model of the car. Some of the factors may be beyond your control though there are some things that you can do to help retain the value of the car. The more you retain the car now, the better the resale value will be in the future. Here are some tips that will help you improve the resale value of your car:

Keep the car clean

Cleaning the car both in the exterior and interior will keep it looking new and help the finish last longer. Have the exterior washed on a regular basis to retain the paint job as well as remove corrosive materials. Simply keeping the dashboard and the components of the interior well maintained goes a long way to preserving that new car look.

Avoid drinking and smoking in the car, as cigarette smoke and spills will ruin the smell and appearance of your interior, lowering the appraisal value.

The automated car wash is one way to be environmentally conscious and it also helps in the protection of the resale value of your car. This service helps in preserving the finish and paint of your car. Having the car washed in the auto wash helps in the elimination of corrosive materials on your vehicle such as salt, dirt, and bird droppings, keeping your car looking as good as new. Try to find a location that has the appropriate automatic car wash equipment to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, getting those hard to reach areas and flushing out any damaging materials.

Drive carefully

It should go without saying, when you drive well, your car will be stay good condition. If you have accidents they will always be evident, even when it is repaired, and this lowers the resale value. Try to avoid driving at high speeds or rough terrain as this wears off the life of the car.

However, no matter how careful you are there are times accidents cannot be avoided. In this case, you will need to try to find original replacement parts, as they will fit in and keep your car looking as close to original as possible.

Protect the appearance

The color of the car can affect the resale value too therefore, it is important that you try to keep in the shade as the sun fades your car. If the color is not ideal, you can also opt to have the car repainted before the resale. If living in an extremely warm or cold environment you should opt to park your car inside the garage or indoor parking. Parking indoors in a controlled environment will help you save on unnecessary and costly repairs.

Invest in seat covers

Make use of these covers as they also add comfort and style to your car. The seat covers will protect the upholstery from stains, sun, and damage. Every mile that you drive the car is another mile that you are on the seat of the car. Over time the seat will begin to wear making the car look worn out and old. The first thing car buyers will note is the appearance of your car, therefore investing in car seats will help to keep the interior looking brand new.

Maintenance

To ensure that the highest resale value, you need to follow the guidelines recommended for your car. Having the car regularly checked by an experienced and trusted mechanic will ensure that the car can be relied on for many years. Every 25,000 miles take your car to the mechanic for checkups so that minor problems do not become major ones.

  • Air filter

If the car is older than 12 months or after 12,000 miles, replace the air filter. To save more, hit the new filter with compressed air to clear debris.

  • Spark plugs

They need to be replaced after 30,000 miles

  • Oil change

Experts recommend that the oil be changed every 3,000 miles. However, as cars are now more efficient and there are better oil products in the market oil change can be done after 5,000 miles.

  • Battery maintenance

Good connections to the battery will help keep the car running efficiently and smoothly. Check on the battery every few months and give it a clean or replace the terminals of the battery.

  • Brake pads

They should be replaced frequently if you are a frequent stop and go driver. However, if not, you can have them replaced after 20,000 miles.

  • Fuel filter replacement

This helps protect the engine from costly damages and needs to be replaced annually

  • Radiator flush

The radiator system of the car needs to be kept clean so as to work effectively and efficiently. Normal wear and tear of the car causes deposits to build up interfering with the cooling system. Radiator flush is an inexpensive and quick way to shape up the system. Consult the manual of your car to find out if the radiator needs to be flushed yearly or after two years

Fix car problems promptly

Small problems are warning signs of major problems. Taking care of the cosmetic or mechanical problem in a timely manner can help avoid frustration as well as help you save money. These tips will help you keep your car in good condition as well as give you the best value for the car when you sell it.

This article was submitted by MacNeil Wash Systems. They have 30 years of experience in the car wash industry, supplying superior car wash equipment to the tunnel car wash industry, automotive dealers, fleet and rental markets.


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