Keeping your car’s value high is always important. Eventually, you’ll sell your current vehicle in order to buy a new one. So, once you do decide to sell the vehicle, the money you will get for this sale might greatly vary. The value, however, is not determined exclusively by the restorative actions that you take but also the amount of time and effort that you invest keeping your vehicle in good condition.
Maintenance makes all the difference
The first thing you need to understand is the relevance of properly maintaining your car. When talking about value, it’s not like you can just conduct a thorough restoration project and then completely forget about the vehicle. Well, technically, you could, but what would be the point? Make sure to pay close attention to the way your car is behaving while driven. This will give you a clue of what you’re dealing with. Second, make sure to schedule your maintenance tasks and projects. This will make it harder for you to accidentally miss them or forget about them.
Keep it clean
This may sound a bit too simplistic, but the truth is that it works every single time. A clean car is seen as more valuable than its dirty counterpart. Age is a major factor in determining a car’s value, and when it is dirty, a car appears much older. Moreover, dirt is an indicator of poor maintenance, which is why a potential buyer will make a presumption that you’ve been neglecting the car’s maintenance during the entire duration of your ownership. Their logic won’t necessarily be that flawed.
Make your car shine
The shine of your car’s bodywork is what makes it more visually pleasing and, therefore, increases its resale value. The thing is that in order to achieve this, you need to regularly wax your car. Prior to waxing the vehicle, you need to properly and regularly wash it (every 2-4 weeks). The car should have decent protection when not driven (both garage and cover for the outdoors). This will keep its value in the long run. Additionally, you could apply a DIY ceramic coating in order to maintain this shine for longer.
There is a long list of things you need to do in order to make your car ready for sale. Cleaning the vehicle is a mandatory move, but you probably won’t clean the car with the same meticulousness when you plan to sell it. Also, you might want to engage in a number of reparations and part replacements. Keep in mind that expensive repairs just prior to selling the vehicle might not return your resale value. This is the main thing you need to focus on when making decisions around your car’s maintenance. A small upgrade here and there can also make a difference.
Raising resale value
Objective factors that affect the value of your care are its age, its model, and its mileage. Age is relevant regardless of the mileage, seeing as how cars are heavily subjected to depreciation. Sadly, there’s nothing you can do about these three factors. Still, by investing in certain aspects of your car, you can make them feel more luxurious. Inexpensive upgrades like boosting the seating on your car or investing in its entertainment can make a world of difference. In other words, aesthetic upgrades and quality of life upgrades are what make the difference.
At the end of the day, it’s incredibly important that you think about more than just resale value. The maintenance and the state of your car at the moment of the sale will also determine how quickly you can sell the car. This is an important factor since you may need the money as soon as possible. Either way, taking care of your car is the way to get it.