Most people are abundantly aware that as soon as they drive their new car out of the lot, its value diminishes exponentially. Generally, when you are going to sell your used car, you probably think it has a much higher value than it does. You have an attachment and history with that car so it is a fair feeling to have. Realistically though, you won’t get what you feel the car is worth.
However, there are ways to increase the resale value of your car. With some ongoing preventative maintenance and a little elbow grease prior to selling, you can be sure to get the highest resale value out of your car that is possible.
Adhere to Routine Maintenance and Keep a Record
One of the best ways to increase the resale value of your car is to make sure you adhere to all of the routine maintenance you should be doing. So hopefully when you bought your car, you care enough about it to take it in for the regular oil changes, brake checks, and tire rotations. This is a huge factor when selling your car. It leaves less ambiguity to the buyer.
On top of the routine maintenance, you need to keep records of that maintenance. So keep a folder with every single receipt for maintenance. This just adds verification and proof to a potential buyer that they are buying a car that has been properly kept up.
Make the Small Fixes
Right before selling your car, you should a very thorough check of everything. Get some third parties involved to check as well. Look at things like cracks on the windshield, dents or scratches on the paint, dull headlights, etc. All of these things are minor fixes that generally won’t require a lot of money. It won’t hurt to bring your car into a professional to get detailed as well. They will do a deep clean of your car, leaving every nook and cranny spotless. The return on investment will be well worth it when a prospective buyer comes to check out your immaculate vehicle.
Keep It Clean
Finally, you should always try to keep your car clean as you drive it. If you go a long time without tidying up your car, it can be a nightmare in the future. You can even invest in car seat covers, like the ones we have at Wet Okole, to help you keep your car clean. These seat covers will protect the original seats from spills, water, and more. When you go to sell your car, you can remove the covers and show off a virtually brand new car seat.
For more information about protecting the seats of you car, visit our website or call us at 888-246-5653.