How to maintain your vehicle’s value
When you own a vehicle, you may eventually outgrow it, or perhaps you just want a change. There are ways to maintain your car’s value, getting the most out of your trade-in. Avoid excessive kilometers; if you are going on a road trip, consider renting a car instead of putting extra kilometers on your own especially if you are in a lease. If your car isn’t meant to go off-road, don’t risk the extra damage that it might cause you.
Be sure to keep your car clean and detail it regularly as this is one of the easiest ways to maintain value. If you have pets or kids, consider purchasing seat covers to protect your seats and rubber mats are extremely durable and are great to protect your carpets from those muddy boots or paws. Better yet, rubber mats allow you to hose them off when they get dirty! If you have leather seats, condition them. Leather can crack if not cared for properly, keep yours shiny and looking brand new! It’s tempting to eat on the go but save the messy food for the restaurant. Spills can stain your seats or carpets decreasing your car’s value. Avoid smoking in your vehicle; the smell of smoke is next to impossible to get out and ads to reconditioning costs!
Aftermarket products for your vehicle can sometimes be a risky investment. Something that you may like might not be of value to a potential buyer making it hard for you to recoup your costs. If you want to upgrade something on your vehicle, make sure others will see the value in it too. A truck bed liner for example, is a good investment adding to the value of your vehicle.
Have your vehicle serviced regularly. Regular oil changes are important; keep an eye on your kilometers and bring your car into Abbotsford Volkswagen to have a technician take care of that for you. Keep your fluids topped up and change when needed. Always keep records of your maintenance, it demonstrates to a buyer that you cared for and maintained your vehicle, which can increase its value.
If you can store your vehicle in a garage or undercover, that is ideal. Sun can fade surfaces on or in your car, and cold can damage your engine. If you live in a cold climate where salt is used on the roads, wash your car regularly as well as your undercarriage. Consider getting your car or truck undercoated to protect it from rust and damage.
Abbotsford Volkswagen has plenty of tools to help you maintain your vehicle’s value from premium detail services to protection packages that include products to help fight corrosion over time!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give Abbotsford Volkswagen a call at (604) 853-1181 and we will be happy to help!