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How to Increase the Value of Your Car
It doesn't matter if you want to protect the investment in your car or you intend to sell right away, it is always wise to increase the value of your car. There are certain things that you can do to make your car always look like a new one and look more valuable than any other car of same model.
There is no one who feels comfortable in a dirty car. So, you need to keep it clean. Cleanliness is a big factor that strikes the mind of a car buyer. Even if you are not going to sell your car in the near future, you must keep it clean for you and for your passengers. Who knows, you may wish to sell it someday. The best methods of cleaning the interior are to vacuum, to clean upholstery and to shampoo the floor. To clean the exterior you can use car shampoo, a sponge, a couple buckets of warm water and a hose or pressure washer. If you like, you can also polish tyres to make it blend with the new look of your car.
Repair and Maintenance
Always follow all guidelines and scheduled maintenance procedures suggested by the car manufacturer. These guidelines are nothing but regular inspection of your car through an authorised dealer, regular changing of oil and filter and keeping up with necessary repairs. Besides, if any part of the car is broken, don't lose time in fixing it. Even if you don't like to take your car to the mechanic, you must do it. You must understand that repair is an inseparable part of a car life. No matter how carefully you maintain and use your car, there would be times when you'll need to take it to the garage. If you avoid fixing a minor fault, you may run in the risk of letting a much larger problem to occur, which would be much more expensive to repair afterwards.
You must be thinking that what's your walking got to do with increasing your car value? Whenever you drive to a grocery store, a mall, an exhibition or any such social spots, try to take a quick view around the entrance. You'll see that most of thee vehicles are parked near about the entrance itself. Now, if you are willing to park your car far from entrance and in less-crowded area and then walk up from there to the entrance again, you may keep your car safe from dents and scratches, shopping carts, car doors and many other such things.
Keep all paperwork related to your car and to its parts safe and secure, like warranty papers. This may come in handy while selling your car to a buyer. If you want to show your honesty to the buyer, you may also save any repair records of the car. This simple measure can provide you an extra mile while selling your car. Besides all the above mentioned things, you should also keep repairing the cosmetic problems of your car, like paint chips, rust spots, loose knobs, interior defects, etc.