Then the value of your car can be maintained or lost depending on how you keep it and treat it. So whether you’re looking to get the best price for your vehicle when you sell it in the future or just want to keep your car in the best condition you can, then here are 5 ways to retain the value of your car.
Keep it in a garage
A car kept in a garage is protected from the elements including bright sunlight that can fade the paintwork, hailstones than can leave dents and other debris such as tree branches or stones that can be throw up by passing vehicles or stirred up by storms.
Keeping your car in a garage also protects it from corrosive substances such as tree sap and bird droppings which can damage the paintwork and provides an extra level of protection against thieves.
Have it cleaned and detailed regularly
Dirt, dust and road grime can build up quickly on both the inside and outside of your car causing lasting damage if not removed regularly. Although there are certain aspects of car cleanliness that you can do at home there are certain machines and techniques that are best left to the professionals such as the efficient and effective steam car wash machines for mobile detailers. Steam car wash machines can be used to clean both the interior and exterior of the car and can remove even deeply ingrained dirt and debris.
Have it regularly serviced
Regular services help to find small mechanical issues before they become major saving you money and ensuring that no unnecessary damage is done to the car. Try to have your car serviced at least once a year or even more if you are driving a high number of miles.
To help keep even more value on your vehicle try to take it to the main dealer and remember to keep hold of all servicing and maintenance records to show prospective buyers if you ever do decide to sell.
Protect your paintwork
The paintwork of your car is the first thing that prospective buyers will ofter see and is often used as an indication of the overall condition of the vehicle.
To protect your paintwork, wax your car regularly or apply a ceramic car coating to protect it from corrosive substances and superficial scratches. A wax or ceramic coating can also make it easier to clean your vehicle and can help t prevent dust and dirt from the road from abrading the paint job.
Keep your mileage low
If your sole intention is to retain the value of your vehicle then try to keep its mileage as low as possible by driving it only when necessary. A lower mileage indicates less stress has been put on the engine and the vehicle should, therefore, be in a better condition, a higher mileage is often looked down as it indicates a high amount of use.
Try carpooling or ride sharing to reduce the number of journeys you need to make and consider taking the train, renting a car or taking another form of public transport rather than driving to a destination that is very far away. Over the years small changes to your driving habits can save you a lot of mileage, increasing the value of your vehicle.