Tips to Maintain Your Luxury Car for a High Re-Sale Value
Owning a car takes a lot of hard work and effort if you want it to pay off in the end. Luxury cars in particular hold their re-sale values well; but not if they aren’t well-maintained! There are multiple layers to automotive care that are often overlooked, but equally affect the re-sale value. In this article, we’ll give you some great tips for how to maintain your luxury vehicle in order to obtain the highest value should you choose to sell it someday.
Keep the Exterior Shiny and New-Looking
Your car’s exterior is the first thing that prospective buyers will see when they check out your car; therefore, it’s important to make sure that the paint and other exterior finishes are well-maintained over the years. Keeping the car as new-looking as possible will instantly get you a higher return value.
Washes, Waxes, and Polishes
In order to keep the exterior paint shining, frequent washes, waxes, and polishes are essential. It’s important that this process is done regularly to keep fine dirt and dust particles from scratching your exterior. As time goes on, this will protect your paint from fading or encountering wear and damage.
Don’t Ignore the Headlights and Taillights
As a car ages, it’s normal for the headlights and taillights to begin to yellow—especially on older cars. Keeping these clean can be tricky, so you may want to consider bringing it to a detail automotive shop to maintain the clear quality, or to replace the lenses if necessary.
Keep the Interior Clean and Well-Maintained
This is usually the second place that prospective buyers look at before purchasing a car, so keeping the interior is especially important. Cars that have clean, pristine, and smooth surfaces are usually considered to be in better condition. For instance, if your car has tearing in the seats, buyers assume that the rest of the car might not be well-kept either.
Keeping fine dirt and dust particles from settling on your dashboard or in your interior seating is important, as it prevents fine scratching and etching. Frequently dusting with the appropriate products is a good way to combat dust and dirt from collecting.
Replacing Air Filters
Keeping the air filters for the interior cabin clean and clear of debris can also help keep dust and debris from entering the cabin in the first place, significantly cutting down on how much cleaning you need to do on a regular basis. Be sure to have your air filter checked each time you have an oil change.
Ongoing Care and Maintenance
Besides the interior and exterior of your car, what’s under the hood is one of the most important aspects of your car’s value. Keeping your engine, suspension, and other various systems and components up-to-date on their care and maintenance can help you and any future owners avoid the hassle of breakdowns and hefty repairs.
Many underestimate the power of the basic, ongoing, routine oil changes. Keeping oil and oil filters consistently clean can also help keep your engine clean and running smoothly.
Replacing old tires, following through with rotations, wheel alignments, and keeping the pressure at the right level can keep your fuel efficiency where it should be, and can help you avoid costly, dangerous blowouts or flats, helping retain the overall value of the car.
Follow Through with Any Repairs ASAP
It is quite common for drivers to forego any maintenance or repair tasks for as long as possible, because they can be time consuming and costly to deal with. Unfortunately, as time passes these issues often spread to other vehicle components, leaving you with a laundry list of repairs in the end and a broken car. If you notice any symptoms or issues come up, it’s essential to have them diagnosed and treated right away. This will help keep the car in excellent condition over the years.
How We Can Help You
Here at Automotive Imports, we help clients from all over the areas of Boulder, Lakewood, Centennial, Westminster, Littleton, and Denver, CO, maintain, repair, and re-sell their luxury vehicles. As Colorado’s top independent, full-service dealership, we help European import drivers keep their cars in excellent condition so that when the time comes to sell it, they get the highest value for it. If you’d like to know more about how you can get the most value out of your re-sell, please contact one of our helpful professionals.