It’s hard not to get swept up in the smell of a new or new-to-you vehicle. After figuring out which model you’re going to purchase and no doubt multiple conversations and decisions, the last thing you’ll want to be thinking of is the resale value of your just-bought ride. But it’s never too early to start considering the return on your investment. When the time comes to sell your car or trade-in your vehicle in Calgary, you will likely want the most money for your trade.
Here are 5 ways you can protect your car after the dealer tosses you the keys:
1. Drive Defensively
When you get behind the wheel you’re clearly going somewhere. Driving defensively reduces your risk of an accident, and having an accident-free vehicle will provide you a better trade-in value. Don’t buyers prefer to purchase a vehicle with a clean CarProof? I know you do.
2. Keep a Clean Interior
Now that’s not to say enforce a strict No Beverages/Food rule but having the constant mentality that you’ve “just purchased the vehicle” will help to keep you from leaving garbage and unwanted items in your car. Dust, coffee stains, trash and mud are not appealing to potential buyers.
3. Keep ALL Maintenance Records
Even if your vehicle doesn’t cause you trouble outside regular oil and filter changes, it’s important to have a record of ANY shop time, so you can cover your butt. Keeping maintenance records shows potential buyers you took efforts to care for your vehicle, making it a more attractive used car or truck to buy.
4. Perform Regular Maintenance
In order to keep all maintenance records you have to actually perform regular and required maintenance.
Seems fairly simple, yes?
5. Consider Protection Accessories
Investing in additional protection for your vehicle can help to maintain it for years to come. PPF (Paint Protection Film) like 3M or Expel will help to reduce the damage caused from rocks and sand that litter roads in Calgary like the Deerfoot. Similarly, fabric protection or undercoating can also work towards keeping your vehicle in like-new condition, making it a more attractive used vehicle to potential pre-owned car buyers.
Again, it’s not going to be the first thing you think of when you buy your next vehicle but the earlier you consider how you’ll protect your investment and factor re-sale into your car-care routine the more you’ll benefit down the road. Happy Motoring!
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