It is a well known fact that a brand new car depreciates heavily in value after you have driven it away from the showroom. The amount of value that cars can lose in this short space of time is quite worrying and if you are looking at one day selling the car on to upgrade, then you will need to do all that you can to ensure your vehicle maintains as much value as possible.
Naturally you cannot influence how the car market will rise or fall nor can you predict how quickly your new car will be replaced by a better model. What you can do however is treat your car in the best possible way to hold its value and make it appealing to a future buyer. Let’s take a look at what you should be doing to keep your car in great shape.
It goes without saying that you should have your car insured, this is a legal requirement. You should also look at getting some extra cover from the likes of Omega Autocare which covers your car against any damage which is cause as the result of a mechanical breakdown. You will have a warranty when you buy a new car but this will only cover you to a point, ensure that you have all the protection which you need and look for alternative cover.
Regular cleaning of your car will help it stay in the best shape possible both inside and out. Cleaning the paintwork is particularly important, when your car picks up dirt and debris from the road and it is left there for sometime you will run the risk of chipping the paintwork when you clean it off. In terms of the inside of your car, the rules are much the same, dirt which has been allowed to sit and stand for a long time will be far more difficult, or sometimes impossible to clean. Nobody wants to pay top dollar for a car with chipped paintwork or grime inside so make sure that you are cleaning your car at least once a week and inside, ensure that you have wipes and tissues to clean dirt as soon as possible.
The way in which you drive your car can have a big impact on the health of your auto over the years. If you are an erratic driver who brakes suddenly and speeds up quickly then you will be putting a lot of pressure on your car’s engine and brakes. In order to make sure that your car stays in the best possible condition, try to drive cautiously, change gears at the right time if it is manual, brake gently and in good time and avoid taking sharp turns at speed which can damage the axel and wheelbase of your car. Many think that the way in which they drive doesn’t have much of an impact on the vehicle’s condition but this is not the case.