You take pride in your car, but the daily wear and tear that comes with from the road can take a toll on your vehicle, and it’s value. To maintain car value, follow some of these easy (and not time consuming) tips from Toyota of Boerne and Kelley Blue Book:
1) The first thing that anyone is going to look at when evaluating your car is the interior and exterior condition. Sure, it’s common sense to know that if your car has dings and scrapes that it’s not going to get you as much, but simply not wrecking isn’t the difference between a high and low resell value:
– Try doing a good wash and wax on the exterior of your car on a regular basis. Keeping the paint shiny and new is easy, low cost, and will pay off in the end.
– Use seat covers! Spend the $50 bucks now to protect your cars interiors from the spills and accidents that are guaranteed to happen.
– Don’t smoke, eat, or drink in your car. We all like to be comfortable in our cars, but the cigarette smoke can be impossible to remove, and most people will find the smell a deterrent to buying. Additionally, the ease of grabbing a bite on the go is hard to resist, but you’ll regret it if those greasy fries end up ruining your seats or floors!
2) Where you park your car can be the difference between a long and healthy life, or and early trip to the junkyard. Consider the following before you put your car in park the next time:
– Try to park away from other cars – you never know when a just-licensed driver might open their door right in to yours, or when a cell phone conversation will end up costing you your mirrors.
– Park in the garage at home – heat will take its toll on the condition of your dashboard and paint, while the cold will reek havoc on vital engine parts.
3) Keep up with your cars maintenance. You know that you’re a good car owner, and that you always get your oil changed and tires rotated at the appropriate mileage marks, but Buyer John may not.
– Make sure you follow your cars maintenance schedule for things big and small.
– Save your receipts to show what you’ve done and when.
– Set up your cars maintenance schedule, keep track of what’s done when, log mileage, and track fuel economy for as many vehicles as you have.