Jan 31 2016

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Car’s Value

In general, the moment you drive your car off the dealer lot, the vehicle begins to depreciate.
While you may never be able to sell your car for the exact amount for which you purchased it,
there are things you can do to keep the value as high as possible. At Kirmac, we understand that
our customers want to get the most out of their cars, but may be unsure of how to do so. Try the
following three tips to do as much as you can to retain the value of your car over the years.

1. Park Smart

Where you choose to park your car can make a big difference in the long run. For example,
parking in the sun all of the time can lead to the cracking and fading of the interior. Parking too close to other vehicles can put you at a greater risk for scratches, dings, dents and trips to the auto body shop. Instead, park in the shade and away from other vehicles when possible.

2. Keep it Clean

Washing your car regularly can help get rid of the buildup that can lead to rusting and early wear
on a paint job, but it is just as important to keep the interior of your car clean. The look and smell of your car can impact the value, so avoid eating in it and clear it of trash regularly.

3. Maintain Service Records

Following up on regular maintenance schedules is essential to keeping your car running
smoothly, but you should also keep track of any service your car receives, such as auto glass service, so that you have proof that you took care of any potential problems.

The better care you take of your vehicle, the more value you are likely to get out of it when it is
time to make the upgrade to a newer model.