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5 Ways to Get Maximum Resale Value for Your Car

As your car ages, it automatically loses value, which can be bad news if you intend to trade in or sell your car one day (and who doesn’t?). That said, age isn’t the only factor that affects your car’s value. Let’s look at the top tips you can use to maintain your car for maximum resale value.

oil change specialsTip #1: Change your oil regularly.

At one time, manufacturers recommended changing your oil every 3,000 miles. Today, however, some vehicles can go 5,000 or even 10,000 miles before needing an oil change.

Stick to what the manufacturer suggests in your manual, and always choose the grade of oil suggested – or better if you can afford it. If you drive in adverse conditions for your engine, such as dirt roads or in extreme temperatures, you may want to change you oil even more often.

If you drive in adverse conditions for your engine, such as dirt roads or in extreme temperatures, you may want to change you oil even more often.

Tip #2: Choose after-market products objectively.

Subjective after-market products, such as spoilers or special rims, may or may not help you get a better price when you sell your car. Often, it come down to the tastes of the buyer, regardless of how much money you spent on something you think looks cool.

If you want some after-market upgrades, make smart choices that are likely to be loved by everyone, such as a protective bed liner for your truck.

Tip #3: Skip those long road trips.

Mileage is one of the biggest factors that determines resale value (after age). If you want to sell your car for a high price, keep the mileage as low as possible. This means that you should live as close to work as possible and commute by public transit, if you can.

Need to take a long trip? Consider renting a car instead of racking up miles on your own car. Today, car rentals are super inexpensive, so it may benefit you in the long run!

Tip #4: Care for the interior of the car.

Most people overlook the interior, but it can make a difference on resale value. Avoid eating in your car, keep mats on the floors, and consider seat covers, especially if you get dirty at work or have kids and pets you transport in your car.

You should also vacuum and dust your interior regularly, and take care of any rips or stains as soon as possible. Above all, don’t smoke in your car even with the windows down. The smell of smoke can be next to impossible to get out of your car, and it can drastically lower its value.

Above all, don’t smoke in your car even with the windows down. The smell of smoke can be next to impossible to get out of your car, and it can drastically lower its value.

Tip #5: Wax your car regularly.

You’re probably already washing your car regularly, right? But are you waxing it? Wax protects your car’s paint job so you won’t get stains, rust, fading, or other problems. It’s especially important to wax your car if you park it outside while at home or work, since it will be exposed to the elements for long periods of time.

Overall, the best tip for maintaining your car’s resale value is to simply take care of problems right away. Almost any issue will get worse over time. Don’t worry; every car has the occasional part that needs to be replaced or

Don’t worry. Every car has the occasional part that needs to be replaced or ding that needs to be repaired. The key is to do it as soon as possible, so your car is like new even if you’ve owned it for several years.