The moment that you drive your car away from the showroom, it loses value and will continue to do so. All is not lost. By simply taking care of your car you can ensure that it will realise optimum value when it’s time to sell. Here are some tips from our expert team on how you can maintain your car’s value:
1. Keep mileage to a minimum
This one is the most obvious but it’s too important not to include in our list. The mileage on your car has a major effect on your car’s value so make sure you keep your driving to a sensible minimum. It’s all about changing driving habits so no more jumping in the car to go to the shop at the bottom of the road. Quite apart from unnecessarily increasing your mileage short journeys are also very expensive in fuel.
2. Have your car serviced regularly
Make sure you get your car serviced regularly and take care of any mechanical issues as they arise. And don’t forget to have your service records stamped and keep all invoices. Most sellers will claim to have cared for the car properly, but clear proof will give you an advantage.
3. Keep your car in the garage
If your car isn’t frequently used, we would recommend, where possible, it being kept in your garage – the perfect excuse for a clear out. This will protect it from the elements and accidental scratches or dents from other cars and passers-by. If you don’t have a garage, then we recommend that you invest in a high-quality car cover instead.
4. Keep the interior clean and tidy
Not to sound like your mother but you should keep your car clean inside and out. You should protect the interior of your car with things like floor mats and seat covers, avoid smoking and transporting wet dogs, nor eating & drinking whilst in the vehicle. Nobody wants to buy a dirty car and foul odours and food stains will significantly affect its value.
The outside of your car is very important. That’s what people see first. We all know that person who is constantly cleaning their car but it’s not just about the car looking as good as new, it will also help maintain the car’s value. It’s time to take a leaf out of their book. Dirt and debris can wreak havoc on your car so make sure you regularly wash your car. We recommend you hand wash because automated car washes miss bits and those rotating brushes might look fun but they often leave behind scratches.
5. Drive safely to avoid damage
Drive safely and efficiently to keep your vehicle in good working condition. When it comes to maintaining car value this point is often ignored. Excessive speed and aggressive driving combine to seriously increase the wear and tear on the vehicle. Cars that have been badly driven are often much noisier than cars that have been cared for and that will always deter buyers.
A car is one of the biggest purchases you’ll probably ever make and keeping it in top condition is the key to maintaining your car’s highest possible value.