It’s true what they say—the second you drive that new car off the lot, it loses value. Although there is some truth behind this saying, there are things you can do to retain value in your used automobile when you go to sell or trade it.
One of the best things you can do is to keep your car thoroughly clean—both inside and out. The newer you can keep your car looking, the more attractive it will be to potential buyers. Many people will associate a clean vehicle with a vehicle that runs well. While you’re at it, keep everything underneath the hood clean as well. If the engine looks dirty, people will assume it is in poor condition.
Adding personal touches to your car can also add some value. Custom paint, body kits, and other details can be a motivating factor for buyers. However, don’t expect to get full retail value back for these customizations.
The most important consideration to take into account is the overall performance of your vehicle. No one wants to buy a vehicle that has a lot of mechanical problems. Ease up on the rough driving. Avoid rapid acceleration, slamming on the brakes, off-roading, and anything else that is going to put excess wear on your vehicle.
Also, when taking your car in for repairs or service, only trust the most experienced mechanics and auto shops. Japanese Car Specialties has been providing quality, trusted service for over 25 years so bring you car to us if you want service that will retain your car’s value.