How To Maintain Your Car's Value

Volvo Resale Value

Your car is likely one of the most expensive items that you own that are used each day. Over time, cars are prone to depreciate as they age and suffer from wear and tear. If you want to maintain your car's value and allow it to have more appeal once you're ready to sell it, there are a few ways to keep it in excellent condition.

Follow a Maintenance Schedule

You'll find a maintenance schedule in the back of your owner's manual, which can provide you with detailed information on when to perform oil changes or get a tune-up. Following the schedule can offer peace of mind, knowing you're providing a high level of care to the engine while reducing the risk of repairs that may be needed over time. Topping off the oils and cleaning the engine on a regular basis will also increase the lifespan of the vehicle.

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Drive Safely

Many car owners don't understand just how much their driving habits influence the quality of the engine. If you drive aggressively and at high speeds then you can expect to have more wear and tear on your vehicle, which will make it depreciate faster and can lead to more repairs that are needed. It's important to drive safely to protect yourself and also to maintain your vehicle. Using caution while driving can also avoid accidents, which will cause the car to have more value because it won't have a history of being involved in a collision.

Wax the Exterior

Waxing the exterior of the vehicle is often underestimated but offers many benefits that can allow you to keep the car in good condition over the years. Although the vehicle may have been shiny when you drove it off the lot, it likely has paint that has become duller over time due to exposure to the elements. Waxing the exterior will restore the shine that it once had and will also protect the paint. When washing the car, you also want to avoid using harsh soaps or chemicals that can affect the quality of the paint.

Check the Tire Pressure

Check the tire pressure on a consistent basis to ensure that you increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and increase the lifespan of the tires with proper care that is provided. Check the tire pressure when they're cold to ensure you get an accurate reading. The tires should also have rested for several hours before the pressure is checked. If a specific tire continues to be low, then you'll need to have it patched for a leak that may be present. Once the tires lose their tread, replace them immediately to ensure that you stay safe on the road.

Avoid Eating or Smoking While Driving

One of the most common ways to damage your vehicle is to eat or smoke while driving. Smoke not only discolors the surfaces inside of the car but it can leave behind an odor that is impossible to remove. You also want to avoid eating, which can lead to crumbs and spills, which will affect the quality of the seat upholstery and carpet. You also want to avoid using the inside of the car as a trash can, which will make it look like a dump and can damage the interior.

If you want to learn more about how to maximize your car's resale value when you're ready to sell it, contact our dealership today to speak to a team member. We'll provide you with more tips and can also discuss the financing options that are available when you're ready to make a purchase.

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