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9 Ways to Maintain the Value of Your Car

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detail yearlyCar value really only tends to matter to people when they are buying or selling a car. Unfortunately, that is a mistake. If you don’t take steps to maintain your car’s engine and appearance from day one, you may put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle that will negatively impact its value when you eventually want to sell it.

1) Detail yearly

Have you ever wondered why some cars always look like they are brand new, even if you know the owner has had it for years? Well, it is all about an owner who loves their car and likely gets yearly auto detailing.

A good detailing job, even once a year, will make your car look and feel as if it is brand new. Detailers will wash and shampoo your interior cloth, clean your leather, dust, and vacuum out all those tiny spaces you never seem to be able to reach, and if you’re lucky, they will add that secret formula of “new car smell.”

Most cars still look pretty good after a year of use. It is not until 2, 3, or 4 years later that those stains begin to set in, the crumbs between the seats become part of the fabric, and the fabric forms a footprint in the place you like to rest your feet on the floorboard. A yearly detail not only freshens up your car, but keeps you conscious of how nice it is to drive a new car and you will naturally have more of an inclination to take care of it. From a buyer’s perspective, the nicer your car looks, the more it looks like the owner took care of it. Hence, it is much more valuable than buying a possible lemon.

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2) Change your oil

Outside of keeping your vehicle looking nice on the exterior is the importance of keeping it running smoothly the entire time you own the car. One of the best ways to keep your car running smoothly is to get regular oil changes.

Oil works as a lubricant to keep the metal parts of your engine running smooth and efficiently. Without changing your oil and the oil filter regularly, those parts need to labor more to run, and will eventually be running with a lot of friction on them. This can result in either damaged components, or your engine locking up. Neither of which is cheap to fix.

Changing your oil is also one of the few things almost every vehicle owner knows is important. So, when you go to sell your car, be ready for the question, “Did you perform regular oil changes?” and then expect, the words, “Prove it!” A new buyer is not trying to be a jerk. They are just aware that if your vehicle did not receive regular oil changes there is a high potential for unexpected repairs in the future. Hence, the value of your car is worth less than the car of the person who regularly changed their oil.

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