5 Tips to Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Retail Value

Most people are aware that once your vehicle leaves the lot, it begins to depreciate (lose resale value). Fortunately, there are some things you can do to maintain your vehicle’s resale value for a longer period of time. Even if you haven’t had your vehicle’s value in mind all along, or are not the original owner, making sure you follow the tips listed below can mean getting more money for your vehicle once you sell or trade it in.

Follow the vehicle’s maintenance guidelines.

Your vehicle’s manual will include the suggested maintenance schedule for your vehicle. This should be followed as closely as possible.

Record all maintenance.

As you follow the maintenance schedule you need to make sure that you keep a record of all maintenance and service you have on your vehicle – receipts work well as they contain the type of service and date.

Park under cover.

Parking your vehicle in a garage or in a carport can protect it from the elements. One of the most damaging things for the look of your vehicle is the sun.

Drive safely.

First, the number of miles you put on your odometer reduces your vehicle’s value, so don’t drive any more often than you need to. When you are driving, do it safely. An accident on your vehicle’s record can greatly reduce its value especially if it’s considered salvaged.

Auto detailing.

Regular auto detailing in Kalamazoo can help maintain your vehicle’s value by keeping the interior and exterior of your vehicle in like new shape.