A car’s value is a constantly depreciating number that steadily drops over the car’s life. There are, however, ways to reduce the effect of this and retain some of the value of your car and get a higher price when you decide to sell.
Here are 6 ways you can enhance your car’s value:
1. Get your car waxed
Over time, a car’s paint fades. This makes it look dull and unappealing and no one wants to pay for a car that doesn’t look close to fresh. Instead of paying a lot of money on getting the car repainted, simply get your car waxed and polished to bring back some of that lost shine. You’ll be surprised how an inexpensive wax job can shed years off your car’s age.
2. Use polish to hide the scratches
If you’ve driven your car on a regular basis, it is highly likely that it has suffered a few scratches and dents in its lifetime. You don’t need to bother with minor scratches but dents and deep scratches that can be noticed from miles away should be taken care of. Most scratches can be polished out while dents can be fixed to large extent by taking the car to a repair shop and getting the dent buffed out.
3. Clean both the interior and exterior of the car
Your car needs to look its best when you are about to sell. Having a clean interior will make your car very enticing to potential buyers. Get the seats, the mats and the covers of the seats cleaned till they’re spotless. Vacuum the carpeting and if torn, buy new ones. Use tire gloss on the wheels and degrease the engine components to maximize the visual appeal of your car.
4. Keep your car records updated
It’s not sufficient to just say that you’ve maintained your car perfectly, people need proof, especially if they’re going to buy a used car. It’s highly advisable, or rather recommended, that you keep a record of all the maintenance and repair work that your car has gone through. These records are what might make all the difference between a successful and a failed sale.
5. Change the tyres and renew all the fluids
Make the future owner of your car feel like he’s buying a brand new car by replacing and renewing all the fluids i.e. engine fluid, brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid as well as changing the tires for those with even tread so that they help in adding to the visual appeal of your car.
6. Regularly visit your service station
Finally, the best way to boost your car’s life and value is by taking it to a professional repair/service station to perform the more complex and risky operations. Replace the brakes, fix the windshield, repair major dents and scratches, and fix anything else that might affect its performance and/or look.