So you have purchased you dream car, or maybe just a new vehicle that makes life easier. Whether a Honda CR-Z suites your needs, or the impressive Honda Odyssey minivan is what you need to serve your lifetstyle, it only makes sense to protect your investment. It doesn’t matter if you buy new or used, it makes sense to protect that investment from environmental damage and the typical wear and tear that comes with age. You not only have a vehicle that is safe, looks good, and runs well, but you are also maintaining its resale value for down the road. What is the best way to protect your investment? Regular service maintenance, such as oil changes, keeping it clean, inside and out, having scratched and dents repaired, and protecting the vehicle from environmental factors as best you can.
The most important step to maintain the value of your car is to get it serviced frequently, and stick to the schedule. Although that includes things such as changing your oil, it also means not forgetting larger items like timing belts or water pumps. And make sure to keep all of your maintenance records; they show potential buyers that the car was cared for, not simply used.
Keeping your vehicle clean is also an important step. Regularly washing your vehicle can keep moisture-trapping dirt deposits off the paint and out of nooks and crannies. It will also make any damage easier to spot things like door dings and scratches that can develop into rust spots if left untended. In the cabin, using floor mats and seat covers can help, as well as vacuuming the vehicle, and if stains occur, to clean them.
A car is subjected to constant wear and tear, and a scratch or ding is bound to happen. With today’s technology repairing everything from small door dings to larger dents has never been easier. Plenty of companies specialize in paintless dent repair, and it can make a huge difference in how much you can ask for your car when selling it.
The last step is to keep your vehicle protected from the forces of nature. If you do have a garage, make it a point to park your vehicle in it. If a garage is not an option, then a car cover will do a great job of protecting you car. Taking these simple steps will be well worth it in the end, as it only makes sense to protect such a large investment.
Posted by amhAdmin on Dec 17 2010 in Vehicle Maintenance