How to maximize the resale value of your car
Everyone loves that wonderful new car sparkle, but it can fade quickly as a car is used as a family vehicle or for commuting to work. There are a few simple things you can do, however, that will help keep your car looking brand new as well as protecting your financial investment in the car and keeping its re-sale value high. Here are a few tips about keeping your car looking its best.
- Avoid Scratches. A small scratch might not look bad at first, but soon dirt, grime, and the elements will invade that little scratch and cause rust, a dulling of the car’s paint, and other noticeable damage. Keep whatever is touching your car soft to protect the finish, and if a scratch occurs repair it quickly to prevent further harm.
- Protect your car from the elements. No matter where you live, you are facing some sort of weather elements that can cause wear and tear on your car and its finish. High humidity and a lot of rain can cause rust, snow and road salt can pock and eat away at the finish, sunshine can fade and dull paint, and severe cold can cause cracking and other damage. If you have to option of storing your car indoors, take it. This will prevent a great deal of the damage.
- Make sure you have a good coat of wax or paint sealant. If you are committed to keeping your car looking its best over the long haul, you must protect it. A wax or paint sealer coating your cars finish protects it from everything, including extreme sun and heat, as well as more disgusting things like bird droppings or smashed bugs. Taking the time to have your car treated prevents this damage and keeps the paint looking bright and new.
- Wash Your Car. If you live in an area that doesn’t offer extreme weather, a once a month wash is plenty to keep the car in good shape. However, if you live where the weather is harsher, consider a bi-weekly run to the car wash to keep that finish in good shape. It might seem time consuming and a bit expensive, but you will more than make the money back in re-sale value!
- Make a habit of checking your car’s finish. If you want to protect your investment, you need to make sure that you check over the exterior of your car on a regular basis. As much as we try to baby our cars and keep them safe and scratch-free, sometimes accidents happen and your car ends up damaged. The sooner any problem is found, treated, and fixed, the less long-term damage occurs.