Keeping up with your car can sometimes become a hassle, but lets be real…you kind of did it to yourself, and now its time to sell the thing and you can’t because it’s got too many issues. Things like this happen all the time, but they are completely avoidable. If you start right, maintaining a car can be relatively cheap and easy. Keeping up with services will help your car retain it’s value so that when you are ready to sell and get into something new, you can get a few shekels out of your car. Here are some helpful tips on how to maximize the value of your car.
If you want your car to retain value over the years make sure to maintain the vehicle to your best ability. Keep an eye on your miles, manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles for regular oil and 5,000 miles if your car runs synthetic oil. People often avoid reading the owner’s manual for whatever reason and end up filling the engine with the wrong oil. Changing the oil is one of the most important aspects of owning a car, make sure to read the owner’s manual for the recommended oil, it often says it under the hood as well as on the oil cap.
Automobiles are extremely unpredictable, especially when it comes to used vehicles. One day everything is fine and the next you have a check engine light pop up. Don’t let this trouble you and before you decide to take the car to a mechanic that most likely will rip you off, take the car to AutoZone for a diagnostic check. After you get the trouble code, you can Google the problem to know for sure what’s wrong with the vehicle before taking the car to a mechanic shop.
When buying a new or used vehicle, I personally always purchase bumper protectors for the front (BumpShox XL) and rear of the vehicle (for example, Bumper Bully Extreme). Body shops usually charge anywhere from $300-$400 to paint a bumper so think of it as an insurance policy. Edge Guards for your doors is also another way you can preserve your vehicles condition since doors are swung open all the time next to other cars’ or walls which will damage your car and potentially lower your vehicle’s value.
Clay Bar Kit
Invest in some detailing supplies, under $30 you can buy yourself a Clay Bar Kit and a spray on wax to use after a car wash to protect your vehicles clear coat. Clay bars are very simple to use; you can find a very detailed video on YouTube. Clay barring a car is recommended every 6 months. The purpose of clay bar is to remove dirt and grime that a regular car wash cannot. Make sure to follow the instructions step by step or otherwise you will ruin your cars paint, don’t let that scare you off, you don’t need to be a professional detail center to use this product.
Keep Track of Fluids
This is essential to making sure you don’t overheat on the highway, lose power steering, or even mess up your transmission. Keeping track of your cars fluids is a vital part of making sure your car stays running smoothly, not only will this keep your car in good standing but over time it will help you easier diagnose when a problem might occur, low fluid could mean leak. If you keep check of fluids, it will increase the longevity of your vehicle and help you keep its value up. When someone comes to buy your car they will almost certainly check the fluids, with all levels good this will show your buyer that you keep your car in good standing.
Keep Service Receipts
We said this in our last post and we’ll say it again. There is nothing more valuable than having service records, this can easily boost your cars value by several hundreds. A clean track of service records indicates that not only are you organized with your car but it shows what work you’ve put in, and if its substantial you may be able to ask for a few extra bucks for completing vital services. Check out this great blog about keeping up with your car here.
Periodically Run Your Car
Run your vehicle, even if you don’t drive much anymore, it’s important to turn your car on and let it run every once in a while. When a car sits rubber parts can dry up, rust begins to accumulate, fluids can begin to leak, and soon your car can turn into a good ol’ paper weight. By turning your car on and letting it run you will keep everything working and increase the longevity of your car.
Wash. Wash. Repeat
Spare no expense when it comes to washing your car. Road salt speeds up the oxidation process and can help our car lose its value rather quickly. It does so by eating away at the metal and paint of your vehicle, which in turn leaves the frame vulnerable to weather and eventually this will make your car begin to rust.
DONT LET THIS BE YOU…….